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Skin is the largest organ covering the outer of the body and guarding the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. It is also the most visible and vulnerable organ. It is composed of multi-layers of ectodermal tissues - epidermis, dermis and subcutis. The main function of the skin is to protect the body against pathogens and damage between the internal and external environment in bodily defense. The other functions of skin are sensation, heat regulation, control evaporation, synthesis of vitamin D and protection of vitamin B folate and to act as a water resistant barrier to prevent the essential nutrients washed out of the body.
In TCM, "the skin belongs to the Lung Zang". In China, eczema is called 'skin asthma', due to the fact that many children with eczema also have asthma. The strong incidence of eczema accompanied by respiratory ailments confirms this Skin-Lung connection.
In Chinese Medicine, the 'heat' and 'dampness' are said to be the two main sources to cause skin conditions. The 'heat' refers to distress in the body which can be resulted from overwork, emotional stress (e.g. anger) and/or over-activated hormones. The 'dampness' can be caused by the insufficient flushing of waste and toxins from the body, as well as water retention.
By expanding the diagnosis beyond the obvious symptoms, the TCM practitioners can provide the patients successful treatments for almost every skin condition, and the alleviate related ailments.
Large Intestine and Skin Health
In TCM, "the skin also belongs to the large Intestine Fu". The large intestine like skin is the organ that interact with the environment most. They both absorb and emit chemicals, water, and other metabolic products. The large intestine is the body's largest internal organ; its purpose is to transport the waste out the body and absorb water before it leaves. The function of the skin is to hold not only all of your other organs, tissues, capillaries and muscles in place, but a
lso to allow your body to breathe. It is a respiration organ - it both inhales and exhales.
When a large intestine is healthy - when it is not carrying putrefied, undigested food matter and instead contains healing, cleansing phytonutrients like dietary fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables - it is going to perform its function well. A person who has a healthy large intestine will reflect that in their complexion. Their skin will look young. This helps explain why people who routinely drinking the juice from raw fruits and vegetables, have such healthy looking skin. It is not only because the juice is nourishing their skin, it is also because the juice is cleansing their large intestine. Their entire digestive system gets healthier, so as their skin. Dietary fibre, amino acids, enzymes and probiotics are good for both the large intestine and the skin for many of the same reasons. The large intestine is kept healthy by maintaining a friendly terrain that welcome
s helpful bacteria. We must have friendly bacteria in the gut in order to be healthy individuals for a variety of reasons, some of which are only beginning to be understood by medical researchers. Healthy skin also provides the right terrain for friendly bacteria, while discouraging the growth of harmful bacteria.
Keep your tissue flexible for better performance
Healthy large intestine tissue is flexible tissue; the same thing is true with skin. Healthy looking skin, when stretched, snaps back into place without showing signs of wear, tear, or stretching. When a person suffers nutritional deficiencies, especially certain minerals and amino acids, they begin to lose the flexibility of the protein fibers in cells throughout their body. This can affect their skin and their large intestine, as well as other organs.
If you see somebody who appears to be aging rapidly, such as a person who smokes cigarettes, you are witnessing the stiffening or hardening of the fibrous connective tissue in their skin. At the same time, they are losing physiological efficiency in their kidneys and liver, reducing their ability to remove toxins from the blood. They are losing metabolic process efficiencies in their large intestine, small intestine, the brain, the heart and all the organs of the body, and the skin reflects all of this. Looking at your skin is actually a very good way to get a quick glimpse at the overall health of not only your digestive tract and your large intestine, but your entire body.
Skin care is not Only for women !
Adopt a Healthy LifeStyle
If you want a healthy digestive system, all you really have to do is adopt a healthy lifestyle. The same things that irritate skin also irritate your digestive tract. If something is giving you acne, rashes or any kind of skin problems, chances are it is doing the same thing to your large intestine and perhaps your entire digestive tract.
Remember, the body is holistic. One organ can reflect the health status of another, or even of the entire body. You can tell a lot from the skin, and even from fingernails or eyes. All you have to do is learn to pay attention to your body and interpret the obvious signs of health or disease.
Every year millions of people suffer from some kind of skin disorder, ski
n disease or plain skin infections. What is worrying, however, is that most of them make matters worse by taking strong antibiotic medicines and steroid-based ointments which act as supressants. Even though the effect is almost immediate, at best they give temporary relief. More importantly, they can trigger even more severe and seemingly unrelated disorders. These may be in the form of :
Conventional medicine has NOT been able to explain these side effects! As you can see, holistic whole body approach works on attacking the cause; Conventional medicine works by attacking the effect. So is there anything at all for skin disorders? Nature has provided a wealth of herbs medicinal in nature that can correct almost ANY kind of skin disorders or disease of the skin.
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