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Healthy skin – how herbal medicine can benefit your skin

Chinese Medicine [TCM]

If you know where and how to look, Chinese herbal medicine is an excellent source of modern medicine and therapeutic cosmetics. For those unfamiliar with it, Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] is mysterious and full of “mumbo jumbo” because its theory and practice are immersed in esoteric terms. Terms Qu Feng [wind drive], clear [except heat or dispersion], thank [evil], and One gas [Supplement of life energy] is certainly difficult to understand, although other Jedu [to remove toxins], Shengji [muscle growth/muscle],Mingmu[enhanced vision], and One sink [ calming spirit] is more obvious. This term may seem obsolete and sometimes completely superstitious, but the TCM system has evolved in a logical way for many centuries. A person only looks at it from another angle. That makes sense.

Although I have never received formal training in Chinese medicine, my research over the past 20 years has enabled me to clarify some of the things, especially the correlation between traditional features and modern scientific discoveries, and to analyze the pharmacology of herbal medicines by analyzing it. active. Traditional property. Therefore, a herb Qu Feng Nature is most likely to have anti-inflammatory activity, such as Job's tear, Wu Jiayu [several bark Eleutherococcus Spp. ], ginger, Du fire [Angelica Root], and many others are less common. Herbal medicine Qing re jie du [Thermal dispersion and detoxification] properties usually have antimicrobial and febrifuge effects. Examples include honeysuckle [flowers and vines], forsythia, purslane, Chuan Xinlian [Andrographis Herb], Yu xing cao[Houttuynia cordata Herbs]

Herbal medicine is good for the skin

Many herbs are beneficial to the skin and are used internally and externally for this purpose. They usually have one or more of the following traditional characteristics: benefits/improves skin tone, removes heat, removes toxins, eliminates swelling, activates/nourishes blood, diminishes skin, moisturizes skin / removes dryness, prevents scar formation, promotes muscle growth, etc. Some common ones: scorpion, scorpion, scutellaria, licorice, hawthorn, Sanqi [Sanqi. Sanqi] Ganoderma [Ganoderma lucidum], common jujube, red and white peony, loofah, safflower, Sichuan live alone [Chuanxiong Rhizome], Gaoben [Ligusticum sinense Roots/roots, etc.

Astragalus, licorice, and Sanqi Known for its therapeutic properties. They can be used in various forms [extracts, powders, etc.] for treating wounds, dry skin, bruising, dry skin, skin loss and other mild skin irritation, either alone or in combination. You can also add one or two anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial herbs to your formula, for example Xinyi [Magnolia bud], purslane, honeysuckle or forsythia.

In Chinese medicine, Sichuan is alone, Gaoben, privet and hawthorn are used to treat brown plaque on the skin. The first two have been shown to have tyrosinase inhibitory activity, and scientific evidence suggests that these herbs can prevent hyperpigmentation of the skin.

Study the benefits of herbs on the skin

The following is from two short reports in my paper that describe the results of using hawthorn and hawthorn. Sanqi Used to treat brown plaques and chap-split skin, respectively.

Chinese HawthornSanzha] for the treatment of facial brown spots [chloasma] [Hubei Zhongyi Magazine, 16 [5]: 47 [1994]]. Describe the results Hawthorn Treatment of 12 patients with chloasma, mainly on the forehead and cheeks, but less in the nose and upper lip. The patient's age range is 23 to 45 years old. The duration of the disease is as short as 5 months and up to 12 years. Method: Grinding dry raw materials 300g Hawthorn Fine powder and spare for later use. Wash your face with warm water and dry with a towel. Mix 5 grams Hawthorn The powder forms a paste with an appropriate amount of fresh egg white and applies it to the face to form a film. Allow it to stand for 1 hour, during which time you can massage the face to help the herbs absorb. Do this once in the morning and at night. Sixty [60] applications constitute a course of treatment. RESULTS: After treatment, pigmentation disappeared and skin color returned to normal in 6 patients; 4 patients became lighter; and 2 did not respond. One case described a 23-year-old single woman with chloas on her cheek. This condition failed after 6 months of treatment and began to spread to her forehead and bridge of the nose. After 2 courses Shanzha treatment [120 applications; 2 months], the patient's chloasma was completely resolved.

In Western medical practice, chloasma is usually treated with a bleach such as hydroquinone, which is quite demanding. No one has ever known that Chinese hawthorn fruit is poisonous and is a common food and medicine. If it doesn't work, it won't hurt. You can buy Hawthorn From any Chinese medicine store, there may be many food markets in Chinatown. But be sure to get the dry ingredients [usually twisted slices 1-2 cm in diameter and about 0.5 cm thick] instead of Hawthorn Thin silicon wafers, stacked at 3-4 cm high, wrapped in paper. If born Hawthorn For grinding, the degree of drying is not sufficient and can be dried in an oven at low heat until it becomes brittle.

Sanqi [Sanqi. SanqiA powder for treating severe skin chap fissure [Jiangxi Traditional Chinese Medicine, 23[1]: 35 [1992]]. In addition to other effects [immunomodulation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, etc.], Sanqi Known for its hemostatic and wound healing properties. In this report, the results of treatment of 68 patients with skin chap cleft were presented. Thirty-six patients had ankle and 41 had varying degrees of pain or bleeding. The disease lasts for 6 months to 15 years. Method: Mix 30g Sanqi The powder is formed into a uniform paste together with an appropriate amount of sesame oil, placed in a sealed, clean container, and used after use. Soak the area of ​​the affected area with hot but tolerable water for 10-20 minutes before applying the oily paste. 3-4 times a day for 30 days. RESULTS: Forty-five patients recovered after treatment, with no recurrence for more than 1 year; and 23 showed improvement with longer intervals between relapses, which again responded to the same treatment. The fastest response was 3 weeks, the longest 7 weeks, with an average of 3.7 weeks. It is recommended that the paste be used as a preventive agent in the affected area every 1 to 2 days.

Sanqi Either Tian Qi Ginseng can be purchased at any Chinese medicine store. It has a spindle-shaped whole, 2-4 cm long and 1-3 cm in diameter, which is very hard. Unless you have a Chinese bronze mortar and a covered enamel, this herb is not easy to powder. You may have to first break it down with a hammer and then grind it in a firm coffee grinder.

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