Acne, like all skin diseases, is a complex issue that requires a whole-body approach to treat. Dermatologists, although skilled in identifying exactly which bacteria or variant of acne, eczema, etc. is present, do not have many effective strategies for curing acne. The only options available through conventional medicine are topical steroids to suppress the inflammatory response, or the contraceptive pill to override the body’s hormonal patterns. Find out how to address this issue from a more holistic approach.
Hay fever is an infuriating dis-ease: itchy red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and general irritability are the trademark symptoms, although some people may also have mild fever, itchy throat or blocked ears. Hay fever is caused by an over-reaction of the immune system to something that should be only mildly irritating: airborne pollens. The most common culprits will vary from place to place, but cereal grasses and Plane Trees are big triggers in Victoria where I live. Because pollen comes from flowers and most flowers emerge in the spring, most hay fever sufferers dread the springtime months. However, some people will also have flare ups in the Autumn, especially in warmer climates. The good news is that hay fever is relatively easy to treat herbally...
When our bodies are running constantly in an ‘action and alarm’ state, using adrenaline to stay active and focused long past when our bodies and brains are tired, we end up with exhausted nervous systems and depleted reserves of energy and nutrients. Alongside healthy habits such as adequate rest, stress-management and reduced caffeine, herbal medicines in the Nervine class of herbs are very helpful.