Michael Domeny DNP-c, FNP, MS, L.Ac, CD/N,
Licensed Nutritionist, Licensed Acupuncturist
Board certified Herbalist,
Family Nurse Practitioner
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The skin is a central
organ of the human body. The disfiguring effect of many eczematous diseases affects
not only the body, but also the psyche, and both are in constant interplay
during the course chronic skin disease. Clear, healthy, and beautiful skin
plays a decisive role in the sense of well-being and self- view of the
individual. Generally speaking, synthetic drugs, such as glucocorticoids,
antibiotics,and antimycotics provide only symptomatic treatment of dermatologic
disease. The additional therapeutic possibilities provided by herbal therapy
should, therefore, be a welcome addition.
The interest of dermatologists in herbal drugs has indeed increased in past few years. In spite of this, many of them lack the patience needed to achieve the desired treatment result. Herbal drugs must sometimes be administered for an extended period of time in order to satisfactory treat and, if possible, to cure skin disease.
As skin problems are often a manifestation of internal systemic conditions, therapy will involve any a of wide range of herbs, depending upon the particular symptoms. Most important among these are the alteratives. These herbs gradually restore proper function of the body, increasing health and vitality. In broad terms, they act to alter the body’s processes of metabolism so that tissues can best deal with the range of function from nutrition to elimination. Many herbs in this category improve the body’s ability to eliminate waste from the body through the kidneys, liver, lung, or skin. Others work by stimulating digestive function or are antimicrobial.
The popular term “blood cleanser” hints at much, yet says little. In fact, if the blood were indeed in need of cleansing there would be a major medical emergency afoot. Still immunological research has begun to provide some interesting suggestions for the basis of the alterative action. Saponins, plant constituents that have soap-like effect in water, are known to have many properties, including that of immunomodulation. They appear to have profound if little-understood modulating effect upon the cells that make up the immune system and the white cells macrophages. It is the macrophages that remove much of the waste matter from the blood.
Saponin containing herbs have also been shown to stimulate the production of interferon in the body. Interferon is a protein that affects the development of viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells. Remember, however, that the specifics of plant activity are the result of the whole plant upon the human body, and not simply that of specific” active ingredients.”