Glowing skin is an inside out job.
You’ve probably heard me say this over and over but it’s true! Sometimes our diet is lacking or our health a little off and we need some help. I constantly see skin conditions that are effected by deficiencies and imbalances inside the body. No amount of peeling or cream will ever fix this, this is why I work with practitioners to achieve great long term results. So who should you look for?
Here’s a list of the types of practitioners I’m constantly referring to:
According to industry body ANTA:
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to wellness based on the principle that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself. Using the healing power of nature and gentle therapeutic techniques, the body, mind and emotions are supported during the healing process.
Naturopathic principles are based on treating each person as an individual and treating the whole person, not just the affected area.
Naturopathy encompasses a variety of treatment methods including:
- Herbal Medicine to help prevent and treat various illnesses
- Dietary and Nutritional advice for restoration of balance, detoxification and prevention of disease
- Lifestyle advice to promote well-being and to reduce stress
- Hydrotherapy using the healing power of water to stimulate the immune system and the body’s natural defenses
- The use of compresses and packs to stimulate organ function and to reduce pain
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture
As a long time user and fan of Acupuncture it is great for rebalancing the body and hormones.
From the AACMA:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage (anmo tuina), exercise and breathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet and lifestyle advice. In Australia, the most popular forms of TCM health care are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has an uninterrupted history of development in China and other parts of East Asia dating back thousands of years. The primary feature of modern TCM is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual.
TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.
Food Intolerance Testing
Most skin issues start in the gut. So if there’s an inflamed condition that is persistent, I always like to check a clients diet through testing.
A food intolerance according to the ASCIA is:
Food allergy and food intolerance are commonly confused as symptoms of food intolerance occasionally resemble those of food allergy. However, the following difference should be noted: food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis). Food intolerance does not show on allergy testing.
Food intolerance can be a difficult concept to understand and is poorly understood by doctors as well. Sometimes substances within foods can increase the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, rashes (such as hives) or the stomach upset of irritable bowel. Coincidence can often confuse the issue, as we spend many of our waking hours eating or drinking.
One of the oldest forms of natural medicine Ayurveda philosophy works on the bodies ‘doshas’. Practitioners treat the client through diet as well as topical treatments according to your body type.
ANTA describes it as:
Ayurveda means “the science of life.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which evolved in India some 3000-5000 years ago.
Ayurveda looks at each person as a unique individual and focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of life energies. Ayurveda seeks to heal the fragmentation and disorder of the mind-body complex and restore wholeness and harmony.
The main object of this science is preservation of health and prevention of disease.