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Jan De Vries, Skin Problems and Phone-in

Monday, 2 February 2009


Today Jan will be speaking about the various remedies available for the three common skin problems.

. Eczema
. Acne
. Psoriasis


. Eczema

What is eczema?
Eczema (also called dermatitis) is a group of skin complaints that can affect all age groups and can occur anywhere on the body. It is an inflammatory response of the skin to either an external or internal factor. There may also be a combination of factors causing the problem.

What are the symptoms of eczema?
The appearance of eczema varies according to the specific type of eczema involved; however, intense itching is often the first symptom for all types of eczema. Other symptoms may include:

. Redness of the skin
. Weeping skin
. Scaling, crusting or dry skin
. Fissures (broken skin)
. Vesicles (small blisters)
. Pain or tenderness
. Thickening and scaling of the skin.

Source: www.irishhealth.com

Remedies
Devil's Claw, €10.50
Violaforce, €10.50
Agnus Castus, €10.50
St John's Wort Oil

Also dietary management plays a big part, the following foods should be avoided or eaten in moderation;
Eggs, Wheat, Sugar, Flour, Alcohol and Chocolate


How babies get eczema
If babies are feed on mother's milk there are usually not any problems, but as cow's milk contains 9 times more protein, they often cannot often cope with this, hence the reason babies often adapt infantile asthma and eczema. This can be cleared when babies are changed over from mother's milk to goats milk.

However the herbal preparation Violaforce for the babies (one or two drops) can quickly help to solve that problem. Mother's also need to keep a close eye on dietary management. Chamomile Ointment can also help to sooth the skin.

Remedy:
Violaforce, €10.50
Goats Milk
Chamomile Ointment €7.55


. Acne

We will talk about Acne Rosacea, and Acne Vulgaris.

Acne Rosacea
Acne Rosacea is a very persistent Acne, where there is a lot of redness, often an itch, and is a very inflammatory condition affecting the sebaceous glands.

Acne Vulgaris
Acne Vulagaris is also very common especially with young girls, as they tend to have a lot of spots.

Remedies
Agnus Castus, €10.50
Violaforce, €10.50
Echinaforce, €6.75

Also dietary management plays a big part, the following foods should be avoided or eaten in moderation;
Caffeine, Chocolate, Tea, Milk, Pork, Oranges, Lemon and Grapefruit

It is always good with skin problems to use Confidence Essence, and perhaps 3 capsules of Flax Seed Oil

. Psoriasis

What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic recurring inflammatory disease mainly affecting the skin. It occurs due to the overproduction of skin cells. Normally, new cells are formed in the lower layer of the skin and move up to the top layer over a period of 28 days. In psoriasis this process is shortened to 4-5 days. The rate of production is even faster in areas covered with psoriatic plaques or patches.

Psoriasis is characterised by well defined, raised skin lesions. The lesions are salmon pink or bright red in colour and are covered in silvery scales that can be removed easily, often leaving a bleeding point. Scratching will produce scaling if the scaling is not obvious.

Around 2 percent of the population have some degree of psoriasis. The disease ranges from extremely mild to severe and, in extreme cases, it can be potentially life threatening.

Psoriasis can develop at any age but onset occurs most commonly between 15 - 25 years or 40 - 45 years. Males and females are affected equally.

Source: www.vhi.ie

Remedies
Violaforce, €10.50
Milk Thistle, €10.50
Devil's Claw, €10.50

Also dietary management plays a big part, the following foods should be avoided or eaten in moderation;
Chocolate, Cheese, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Yoghurt, Processed foods, Flour, Sugar, Cakes, Biscuits, Bread, Citrus Fruits, Coffee, Red Wine, Excess Alcohol, Malt vinegar

Jans recommendations from todays phone in .

Psoriasis - Violaforce

Tinnitus - Plantago and Vitamin B3

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