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melbourne, could you please explain what does your regimen & diet consist of? im pretty fed up with this bp sa nonsense. NONSENSE I TELL YA

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he neglected to mention that he uses 4 different topicals (all of which are very harsh). but it most be because he only eats "juicy foods" or foods that don't create heat in the body...that's gotta be it.

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In Chinese medicine, every single type of food has a characteristic, which could be any one of 'cold', 'hot', 'warm', 'plain', 'cool'. Eating 'plain' food will neither improve nor aggravate the problem. Eating 'cold' and 'cool' food will improve the problem, and on the contrary, 'hot' and 'warm' food will aggravate the problem.

'hot' and 'warm' food will cause heat in your body, and 'cool' and 'cold' food cools your body down.

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In Chinese medicine, every single type of food has a characteristic, which could be any one of 'cold', 'hot', 'warm', 'plain', 'cool'. Eating 'plain' food will neither improve nor aggravate the problem. Eating 'cold' and 'cool' food will improve the problem, and on the contrary,  'hot' and 'warm' food will aggravate the problem.

'hot' and 'warm' food will cause heat in your body, and 'cool' and 'cold' food cools your body down.

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No-Grain Diet Clears up Acne for Good

http://www.mercola.com/2003/aug/23/acne.htm

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

with Rachael Droege

Acne affects about 85 percent of the population at some time in their life and is the most common skin disease treated by dermatologists. Most teens get the type of acne called acne vulgaris, which can appear on the face, neck, shoulders, back and chest.

Most doctors and dermatologists say that acne is not related to diet, but I can confidently tell you that there is indeed a link--and a strong one at that. In my own practice, most patients’ acne clears up when they follow the no-grain diet described in my nutrition plan and further explained in my new book. As I struggled with acne for the first 40 years of my life, I wish I would have known this information when I was younger. However, since I have come to understand the influence of grains on health, acne has been a non-issue for me.

Why is a no-grain diet beneficial for acne?

Eating refined carbohydrates and sugar leads to a surge of insulin and an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1 in your body. This can lead to an excess of male hormones, which cause pores in the skin to secrete sebum, a greasy substance that attracts acne-promoting bacteria. Additionally, IGF-1 causes skin cells known as keratinocytes to multiply, a process that is associated with acne.

Some say acne is a disease of Western civilization because studies have found that the condition is virtually nonexistent in non-westernized societies, where refined carbohydrates and sugar are rarely eaten. For instance, in one study that looked at acne cases in islanders of Papua New Guinea and hunter-gatherers of Paraguay, no acne cases were found in either group. The findings, which are in-line with many other studies, make a strong case for the significant role of environmental factors, such as diet, in acne.

Limiting grains is an integral step toward optimizing your health. The more we study the influence of grains, and their secondary consequences on insulin, the more we will find that their pervasive influences touch nearly every aspect of our health.

A Healthy Diet Can’t be "Sold"

So you may be wondering why doctors typically say diet does not influence acne. Well, doctors cannot sell you a healthy diet, and they are under strong influence by the drug companies to prescribe expensive and sometimes harmful topical acne creams and antibiotics. No one is going to get rich from recommending a healthy diet to heal acne, except maybe you when you start saving money that you were spending on acne medications.

Further, many dermatologists prescribe long-term antibiotic treatments for acne. This can be especially problematic since every time you take an antibiotic, you kill beneficial bacteria along with the problematic bacteria. This can lead to many secondary conditions, such as yeast overgrowth.

The Emotions Factor

Anyone who has experienced an outbreak of acne knows that it can take a significant psychological toll. Many people feel embarrassed by acne, and the embarrassment can keep them from socializing and feeling confident.

On the other hand, recent studies have found a link that suggests stress can actually aggravate acne. One study involving college students found that the students’ acne flared when they felt stressed from examinations.

Well, stress has the ability to make just about every disease we encounter worse, and this includes acne. This is why it is so important to deal with your stress before it becomes overwhelming. There are a variety of ways that you can do this, like yoga, meditation or making sure you get enough quality sleep, so it is important that you find a method that works best for you.

My favorite tool for relieving stress is the Emotional Freedom Technique, which involves tapping your body’s energy meridians and voicing positive affirmations to clear emotional blocks, thus restoring your mind and body's balance. You can review my free 25-page report to learn how it’s done.

Just remember that acne likely results from a combination of dietary and emotional factors. Addressing both sides of the equation will give you the most beneficial results.

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http://www.e2121.com/chinese_approach.html#6

The Chinese Approach to Treating Acne

Traditional Chinese medicine looks upon acne generally as a result of the environmental force of heat. The typical name for acne in Chinese medicine is "fei feng fen ci", or "lesion of the lung wind." In the theory of Chinese medicine, skin is closely related to the lung organ as it depends upon the lungs to supply the "essential substances of water and grains." The skin in turn can affect the normal process of respiration, as in the case when feng (evil wind) and coldness gaining access into the body through the sweat-pores.

When the lungs and the digestive system (mainly the stomach and the spleen organs) are not functioning properly, the disorders will combine to interrupt the passage of supplies to the skin. This can manifest in multiple conditions, but most noticeably as stagnation of the qi (energy) flow and the blood flow. Deficiency of the qi and the blood flow could cause many problems for us. It could increase deposits of cholesterol on the vessel walls (toxic heat in Chinese); cause dampness being blocked in the body, eventually turning into phlegm, blockages and lumps (damp heat).

For people who are in such conditions, a preference of high fat diet could only aggravate the case. That's why the Chinese places great importance in keeping a strict dietary program during the course of treatment.

We have all experienced an increase of breakouts when we are under stress or not having enough sleep. In the Chinese perspective, emotional disturbance is closely looked upon as a direct cause of stagnating the qi flow. The stagnation in turn would transform to heat in the blood, eventually taking the effect on our skin.

In Chinese medical terms, this overall condition generally manifests itself as an imbalance due to the overflow of Yang, causing excessive heat.

To restore the imbalance, herbs that have the effects of relieving stagnation, purging heat and dispersing toxins are generally chosen for therapy.

Chinese Herbal Formulas for Acne Treatment

Traditional Chinese medicine generally categorizes acne into three types: the blood-heat type, the phlegm-accumulation type, and the toxic-heat type. I am quoting <Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine>, published by Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, 1990, 1996, v. 2, pp. 354-58), for a taste of the typical Chinese formulas for acne treatment:

"Blood-heat Type

Main symptoms and signs: There are red papules, tubercles, acnes and inflammatory infiltration around them, accompanied with burning sensation, red tip of the tongue with thin and yellow fur and slippery and rapid pulse.

Therapeutic principle: Clearing away pathogenic heat and cooling the blood.

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