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Skin Rash Page

Skin Rash

Skin rash has other technical names such as psoriasis, eczema and shingles. When it occurs near the anus, it assumes more urgency and is called hemorrhoid. The appearance, itch and pain are only symptoms. The symptoms last for years but may be temporary or seasonal. Skin rash is like a volcano that may erupt or stay dormant. It is among the toughest to treat and thus requires patience. Despite appearing cured, the rash may flare up occasionally due to weather, some kind of food eaten, or even stress. Thus the progress of healing is best measured in reduced frequency and intensity of the eruption over a period of time, rather than a one-time total disappearance of the rash.

Skin rash has three characteristics: First, it may spread or move from one location to another. Second, periodic flare up may occur. Third, what you eat or do makes a big difference.

Skin rash is deeper than the skin. The use of lotion or oil works only temporarily because it does not go deep enough. The main cause is the blood as evidenced by the occasional movement and eruption of the rash. The Chinese view refers to the existence of excess HEAT in the blood. Excess heat does not mean high temperature only. It means many other things including: some toxic materials or pollutants, hot or dry weather, or the sensitivity of your skin.

Furthermore, it depends on what you eat or do. Regarding food, try to cut down on peppery, barbecued, deep-fried and greasy food. Also cut down on shellfish like crabs, clams, and oysters. On the other hand, drink more water, and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

The difficult part is how to manage your stress because increased stress makes your skin rash worse. Try to go to bed before midnight and get enough sleep. Stress and lack of sleep usually worsens the rash. Why? When you are under stress or lacking sleep, your liver becomes more active, thus generating more heat inside the body.

An effective Chinese prescription consists of a mixture of herbs to be taken orally to address the other issues deeper than the skin. It should aim to do five things:

  • Cleanse the toxins and pollutants in the blood.
  • Nourish and moisturize the skin.
  • Calm the liver which may be overactive.
  • Reduce excess Heat in the blood. (For details, click The Concept of Hot and Cold)
  • Apply the herbs to REN the blood. (For details, click The Concept of REN)

April 2014

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