Effective Chinese Herbs for Acne
Traditional Chinese Medicinal remedies have been used for over 5,000 years and is still frequently used throughout the world to this day. The main idea behind chinese medicine is to treat the entire body with certain plants and herbs and not just focus on the specific problem at hand. Using herbs for acne relief will not magically cure your acne overnight. It should be seen as a long term remedy for acne.
The main focus of Chinese medicine is to primarily focus on an inner balance of the body. That is balancing the yin, which is the calm and cool side of the body, with the yang, the stimulating and hot side of the body, in order to achieve and maintain great health. An imbalance of these two different sides of the body can lead to our body’s becoming ill.
So, how can Chinese Herbs alleviate Acne Issues?
Well, first off, acne is caused by too much “heat” inside the body – this means that the yang side of your body is overpowering your yin (cool side) which is resulting in imbalance. This “heat” I am referring to can be caused by numerous things in your life, including an overly active lifestyle i.e. working too hard, or subjecting the body to excessive stress. In addition, this imbalance can also be caused by digestive issues, environmental pollutants, hot weather, and overly spicy foods. Because of this imbalance, the extra toxins produced from this “heat” will filter into your bloodstream and cause swelling and inflammation.
However, on the other hand, having an overabundance of yin is not the answer either. The idea is to balance out both of these different sides. Yang relates to the daytime, summer, heat, and male, where yin relates to nighttime, winter, cold, and female. One side cannot sustain itself without the other, and the reduction of one will lead to the breakdown of the other. So, to maintain a healthy body these two sides must be in balance which brings us back to the use of Chinese herbal natural remedies for acne.
The following is a helpful list of foods to consume if you have an overpowering yang side (which is most often the case for people who suffer with acne):
- Barley Beer
- Melon (especially watermelon)
- Sunflower Seeds
- Green Tea
Neutral Foods that will promote a good balance between the yin and the yang include:
- Olive Oil
- Bean Sprouts
Next, I am going to give you a list of the best chinese herbs for acne that are most commonly used:
- Spica Prunellae (An Asican Selfhealer) – You can find this herbal remedy in most chinese stores or supermarkets. This herb is as common as soda drinks in these types of stores. To use, you should boil this herb/plant, add a bit of honey to it, and drink it.
- Peppermint: this is best used as an infusion (i.e. a liquid).
- Honeysuckle: this also should be used as an infusion.
- Stellaria Root: Prepare this root as a broth mixed with pork.
- Purslane: This herb should be boiled and infused with honey to be drunk.
- Chrysanthemum: Should be consumed as a liquid.
- Barbes Skullcap: This is another one of those herbs that is sold like candy in many of the Chinese supermarkets. You should again, boil this herb for acne with honey if you purchase the actual plant.
- Dahurian Angelica: This root can be boiled with Chrysanthemum and drank.
Now, remember that there is no cure all Chinese herbal remedy that will work to cure all cases of acne. And, even if these herbs do work to alleviate your acne symptoms, they are only temporary and should not be used as a long term cure. While there are Natural Cures for Acne that do actually work I will be sharing that information with you when I write the very personal acne story that I plan on sharing with you in one of my next posts.
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