E-Class 46 – Skin Treatments
This week we will continue on the skin theme but look at conditions that affect the body, rather than treating the face. We will also take a look at how your offers have gone for your clients and how to fine tune and improve your results.
- Tips for treating the Skin for Bodyworkers and Naturopaths
- Bedsores and Ulcers
- The Clinical Science of Biochemic Medicine
- Gunther Heepen: Schuessler Tissue Salts – 12 Minerals for your Health
- Way to good Health Magazine
Tips for treating the skin for Bodyworkers and Naturopaths
1. Skin conditions can vary in treatment times
When I have clients come with skin conditions, the treatment times vary a lot depending on a number of factors.
- How long the condition has been occurring
- The severity of the condition
- Where the client is in the cycle of the skin condition
- Other dietary and environmental factors that are aggravating or causing the condition.
- If the causal factors are known, and if they can be removed or not.
2. Let you client know that treatment times vary and work out where in the cycle of disease their skin condition sits.
This is important in chronic skin conditions. In acute conditions, the results can be quite quick, however, in chronic skin conditions it can be different.
In acute skin conditions, the skin may be the entry point of an infection or issue. For example, a rash or eczema from rubbing up against a plant, or eating a food which doesn’t agree with you, will cause a flare up. Remove the plant, or food, and treat appropriately, and the condition will reduce and dissipate. Your client learns that they need to avoid that plant or food.
However, not properly treated, or suppressed with certain drugs, the condition may go deeper in the body. Some clients experience this with eczema which is treated with drugs, which then develops to asthma.
When a treatment is working for something deeper (let’s take our asthma example) sometimes a skin condition will flare up again. For example, consider the body as the outer layer and the organs – eg the lungs as the inner layer. If the inner layer is improving, sometimes the body will “throw out” symptoms on the outer layer, the skin. Hence, I have seen asthma symptoms improve and eczema symptoms arise. When I question further I discover that the eczema is an old symptom from childhood. I talk to the client about this being a good sign that their body is trying to “throw off” the symptoms, and usually, the symptoms pass over the next few weeks.
Understanding where your client is in the disease process can reduce a lot of angst for both you and your client, and build trust, even if results are slow.
3. Remember to look for the cause
If you can discover the cause, whether physical, mental, emotional or environmental, you have a much greater chance of success with skin conditions.
That being said, let’s look at some treatments, success stories and cases, for skin conditions.
Why do some children develop eczema as they are developing and growing, and others don’t? Some cases develop as babies, others as children start eating solid foods, others as they are exposed to different play environments, and others for no obvious reason.
My son developed eczema patches before he turned one year old. I was recommended to use the usual steroid creams, but I had seen too many cases of that clearing the skin then the child having breathing issues like asthma. So, I looked a bit deeper. I trained in Tissue Salts whilst looking for how to treat it, so looked to tissue salts for a solution.
Little did I know it at the time, but the solution was looking me in the face. James was one of those babies with the chubby cheeks that some mothers and grandmothers love to pinch. He was showing signs for Nat Chlor deficiency, and within 6 – 8 weeks of starting No 8 Nat Chlor his skin cleared up.
I have treated other kids since then with good results. I don’t have a specific treatment regime for eczema, however, treat by the facial signs for mineral deficiencies, and on the client history.
Other remedies that may help
Ferrum phos and Kali chlor
When the immune system is stimulated (or overstimulated in some cases of eczema) a treatment of No 3 Ferrum Phos and No 4 Kali Chlor daily for several months can help to “reset” the immune system and help take it off high alert.
Calc Phos or Nat Phos and Silica
Some cases of Eczema are a response to over acidity in the tissues. This may be experienced as red rashes in the folds of skin behind joints, or other areas where the skin folds onto itself, that get sweaty. The toxins then cause a reddening of the skin where the acids are excreting and unable to get away from the skin.
In these cases, it is highly important to wash the skin carefully, and then pat the skin dry to remove all excess moisture.
Look for the appropriate mineral deficiencies that need addressing via the facial signs and other symptoms. In children, Calc phos, often in combination with silica may help. In adults, also look at including Nat Phos.
Creams and compresses
Creams can be used with eczema and dermatitis to help calm the skin and help it to heal. Occasionally the skin needs a compress instead. (Some types of eczema are worse for using creams – in these cases I find compresses work better.) Dissolve the desired tissue salts in a cup of water. Wet a face washer in the cup then place the wet facewasher on the skin for 10 minutes or so. This usually soothes the skin and aids healing.
Rashes occur for many reasons: allergy or sensitivity to a substance, food or plant; the skin symptoms of an infection, disease or virus, (like chicken pox or measles); other miscellaneous reactions.
The nature of the rash will show you how to treat it. For example,
- A red raised rash that feels hot and burning – Ferrum Phos
- Rash with clear fluid pustules – Nat Chlor
- Rash with white pustules – Kali Chlor
- Rash with yellow pustules – Kali Sulph
- Rash that needs to eliminate toxins, (eg bites and plant poisons, or allergens) – Nat Sulph
- Very itchy rashes – Ferrum Phos
The general rules apply, take the case, look at the facial signs, and treat based on the facial signs and signs and symptoms.
I have found warts respond very well to Biochemic treatment. Plantar warts in particular can be exceedingly stubborn with conventional treatment, and extremely painful both before and after conventional treatments of freezing the wart or surgical removal, usually with very mixed results and additional treatments required.
On the other hand, treatment with Tissue Salts was incredibly easy, and effective. Choose the treatment based on the signs and symptoms for best results.
Remember: warts are caused by viruses. If they are scratched it will spread the virus.
Method 1. Consequently, I found the best treatment (for children in particular) is the appropriate cream on the wart, covered by a band-aid (sticking plaster). Reapply after 24 hours. As well as keeping the cream exactly where it is needed it provides an additional layer to prevent scratching.
Method 2. Alternate treatment method – dissolve 2 or 3 tablets in a tablespoon of water to form a paste, and spread on the wart several times daily.
Choose your remedy based on the symptoms
- Kali Chlor – soft warts on the hands and feet
- Nat Sulph ointment if Kali Chlor doesn’t give the expected results.
- Calc Fluor – hardened warts use Calc Fluor cream as a 24-hour plaster, method 1 until the warts disappear.
Acne occurs for a variety of reasons, sometimes hormonal, sometimes due to unhealthy eating habits, sometimes due to the acid balance of the body. Here are some examples and how to address them. Remember the basic formula for treating
- What are the facial signs
- From the history, what minerals are showing to be deficient, or under stress and for how long?
- From the signs and symptoms – what minerals are showing as deficient.
Increased Acne during the menstrual cycle
The menstrual cycle can be asymptomatic. However, many women do not experience it this way
- Firstly, discover what is this person’s “normal” cycle.
- Do they regularly suffer particular symptoms? eg cramping, acne, PMS etc
- Address the imbalance based on the signs and symptoms, and work out why.
- Are they taking, or have they taken the pill as it may cause additional imbalances.
Think it through. If your client also has
- cramps, then we know there is a deficiency of …. No. 7 Mag phos
- PMS, then we would look at … No. 5 Kali phos
- Acne – then it is in fact a protein metabolism issue with the excess acid being excreted through the pores of the skin. The protein isn’t being eliminated in the normal way – via the menstrual flow.
So how do you treat it?
The treatment will vary based on your client, however, consider
- Protein metabolism is out of balance needing No 2 Calc Phos
- No 9 Nat phos may be needed to assist acid excretion
- No 4 Kali Chlor may also be needed to ensur the lymph is doing its job and cleansing the blood.
Acne – inflammation treatment
No 3 Ferrum Phos and No 4 Kali Chlor every morning.
Ferrum Phos is important for the immune system as well as for menstruation, whatever the age. (Some women benefit from a short course of Ferrum Phos each month at the time of their period)
Protein metabolism treatment
Calc Phos and Nat Phos taken 2-3 times daily can assist protein metabolism and normalise it over time.
If there is cramping or PMS consider Kali Phos and Mag Phos treatment for 3 months to rebalance the nervous and hormonal systems. (Longer may be required if the pill is being taken as it also affects the mineral balance.)
Teenage acne may be influenced by all the minerals above.
I have also had good success in the teenage years using an Calc Sulph. Calc Sulph seems to have an affinity to balancing the hormone system in teenage years. It has particular affinity to the genitalia, and many changes are happening in the body shape and character as children make the shift to teenagers and young adults.
Remember that Dr Schuessler said he thought that Calc Sulph was analogous to Nat Phos and Silica. So Calc Phos will also help with balancing the protein metabolism, and help with the excretion process.
I have found Calc Sulph useful in stubborn cases of Teenage acne. As for menstrual acne, consider the other appropriate minerals as well.
Bedsores and Ulcers
Bedsores are a real problem in the elderly. Ulcers spread and get more septic, and can be difficult to treat unless you use tissue salts.
Yet tissue Salts provide great support and help.
Remember the basic treatment protocol and adjust the surrounding creams up to the edge of the wound as per the signs and symptoms.
Basic Treatment protocol
- Wash the wound with warm water with No 3 Ferrum Phos dissolved in the water.
- Dry the wound
- Into the ulcer/wound grind No. 3 Ferrum Phos in the morning – fill the wound with Ferrum phos. (in the evening use No. 11 Silica to fill the wound)
- Use the appropriate cream up to the edges of the wound eg. Kali Sulph, Nat Sulph or Calc Sulph
- Cover the wound with a cotton bandage
- Repeat the process in the evening changing Step 3 to use No. 11 Silica to pack the wound.
Exercise 1 Implementing your Program
After you have some enrolments into your program, start your delivery.
You will have set a start date. Your start date may be for a group, or for this individual. Now it’s time to deliver, and observe.
As you deliver the program, notice your client’s response to the steps you have created. Are they getting the results and outcomes you expect?
By setting up your offer then delivering it, you can modify and adapt.
- Are there any consistent steps that are being missed? If so what can you add in that makes it easier for your clients to get results?
- Make sure you have a beginning reference point. The tissue Salts questionnaire or a similar questionnaire is a great starting point so you know where they are starting and what they want to achieve from your program.
- Make notes of any adjustments, and make the appropriate changes, then test those changes with your clients.
- Most of all have fun! I find that once I start delivering a program, I learn so much more from my clients. My clients like knowing where the program or treatment is going, and look forward to the results. Enjoy, and adapt!
Another niche and Getting your message out.
See you soon.