Herbal Health Information on Acne

Since we moved to Eastbourne (most sunshine hours in the country but very windy) I have only treated one case of acne. But I used to love to help people with acne in my previous clinic in Slough as it responds so well to Herbal Medicine and is comparatively easy to treat.

To get proper treatment you are going to have to visit a Medical Herbalist because there are quite a few combinations of herbs that may be suitable for any one individual, but I will give you a general idea of what needs to be done for acne sufferers.

Basically it is an internal cleansing job, possibly some hormone balancing, and dietary advice

As usual I’ll start with the dietary advice:-

No sugary foods

No fizzy drinks

Eat a balanced diet containing, meat, veg, some carbohydrates, and some fruit.

However there are fruits which are very acidic and need to be avoided and these are,

oranges, tomatoes, apples and plums. Yogurt 2-3 times a week is ok and cheese no more than twice a week is ok.

Drink at least two pints of water a day and keep tea and coffee intake to no more than three a day (of both not each).

I think it would be most interesting for you if I give you a typical tincture mix I would make up for an Acne sufferer and talk you through the whys and wherefores.

Herbal Medicine

Burdock: – liver and gall bladder cleansing and makes sure the digestive system is working efficiently and eliminating waste products. To add to this it also has lymphatic system cleansing properties, is antibacterial, and is an adaptogen and alterative. The last two properties mean it helps body tissue to adapt back to normal.

Echinacea: – this is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well as being an excellent lymphatic system cleanser. The lymphatic system removes all the waste from cells and ensures no bacteria are floating around.

Red clover:-traditionally red clover has always been used as a skin cleanser which it does via the lymphatic system. It is also an alterative which means it helps restore body tissue to normality.

Heartsease: – anti-inflammatory and again an alterative

Celery seed:-I know I use this one a lot but it is such a good urinary system cleanser that I put it into all mixes where general body cleansing is necessary.

That gives you an idea of the aim of an herbal mixture for Acne sufferers. I have left out the hormonal bit as that depends on whether it is a male or female.

Acne is easily treated with herbal medicine and I would recommend you visit a qualified medical herbalist.

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Linda Bostock

Medical Herbalist/Herbal Health Information