Traditional Chinese Medicine goes back some 4,000 years and is still widely practiced today. The belief is to treat the whole body with specific herbs and plants and not just the cause of a particular ailment. Chinese herbs for acne relief will not happen overnight. It is more a long term holistic solution for those who want a more natural way to deal with acne and acne scars.
Chinese medicine focuses mainly on balance. The yin (cool calming side of the body), and the yang (hot stimulating side of the body) needs to be balanced to achieve good health. An imbalance is what causes the body to fall ill.
So what can Chinese herbs do for acne relief?
First of all, acne comes from too much ‘heat’ in the body – meaning the yang side of the body is too strong causing an imbalance. “Heat” can mean an overactive lifestyle: being overworked or placing too much stress on your body. Digestion problems, polluted environments, over spicy foods, and hot weather will all contribute to an over active yang. The excessive toxic substances produced by this ‘heat’ goes into the bloodstream, causing inflammation and swelling.
However, going totally the yin way is not the solution either. The aim is to have a balance of the two sides. Where yang is day, heat, summer and male; yang is night, cold, winter and female. One cannot survive without the other. The deterioration of one will mean degradation of the other sooner or later. To be healthy – the balance of the two must be maintained. So we come back to Chinese herbal acne relief.
Here is a list of foods to eat if you have too much yang (which is normally the case for acne sufferers):
Banana, Barley Beer, Cucumber, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Melon (especially Watermelon), Mangoes, Mushrooms, Pears, Tangerines, Sunflower seeds, Tofu, Green tea, Watercress and Wheatgerm.
Neutral foods (a good balance of yin and yang) would include:
Almond, Blueberries, Bean sprouts, Carrots, Papaya, Cauliflower, Honey, Corn, Olive oil, Potatoes, Sardines, Rice, Strawberries and Yogurt.
Chinese herbs for acne would include:
* Honeysuckle – can be taken as an infusion.
* Spica Prunellae (Asian Selfheal) – in many Chinese supermarkets and stores, they are sold much like soda pop. You can boil the plants and add honey as a drink.
* Barbes Skullcap – again sold as drinks in Chinese stores. Boild and add honey if you get the plants.
* Peppermint – as an infusion.
* Chrysanthemum – as an infusion.
* Dicliptera – Boiled and drunk with some honey.
* Purslane – Boiled and drunk with honey.
* Dahurian angelica – can be boiled together with Chrysanthemum as a drink.
* Stellaria root – make a broth with some pork.
Keep in mind that there is no set treatment for a cure with Chinese medicine. Even though there are some generic formulas, it all depends on the health and requirements of each individual to get targeted results. For example: one person may have acne, indigestion and excessive sweating; another could have acne, water retention and hair loss. Each prescription and formula is catered to the need of each individual, which is why visiting a qualified Chinese medical practitioner is advisable.
Source by Michaela Korr