The Ayurvedic Approach: General Remedies & Practices
In the first part of our acne series we went into detail about why acne occurs, the three different types of Doshic skin eruptions and why the conventional medical approach is typically not effective at healing the skin and the underlying problems actually causing the acne. For part 2, we go into the many remedies and practices that you can prescribe your Ayurvedic clients to help bring their Doshas back into balance and clear up their skin for good! Let's get started.
The first thing to address (like always) is diet. Everything put in and on the body affects it on a much deeper level than modern medicine talks about. In Ayurveda, food is evaluated by its effect on the body after it has been digested, the way it either heats or cools the body, the effect it has on the Doshas and whether or not it will turn into toxins once digested. You can prescribe all of the herbs and remedies that you want but if your clients’ diet is unhealthy there won’t be much of a positive result.
The Ayurvedic diet and remedies are very effective but to see lasting results recommend that your clients stick to the following instructions for at least three to six months, though there may begin to be an improvement in the skin in as early as a week or two!
The rest of this article is general advice for the overall healing of acne and can be printed out and given straight to your clients. For instructions according to the type of blemishes you are experiencing see Part 1 where we offer specific suggestions for Pitta, Kapha or Vata Acne.
Daily Practices for Healing
Having acne can make anyone feel uncomfortable, stressed and vulnerable. But like this article just showed you, there are numerous ways to quickly and thoroughly heal acne without using harmful medications and harsh chemicals. Plus there are no downsides! Working on getting rid of acne naturally will improve health overall.
If all of these suggestions seem like too much at first to you or your Ayurvedic clients, pick one or two and incorporate those fully. Then the next week, incorporate one or two more. Taking Nimbaharidradi Churnam twice a day, drinking the herbal tea described above and practicing abhyanga are simple places to start and will begin the process of cleansing toxins from the body. Remember, small but consistent changes lead to big results.
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Contributing Editor & Doctor: Dr. JV Hebbar
Kumar, S. M., Chandrasekar, J. N., Nanjan, M. J., & Suresh, B. (2005). Herbal remedies for acne. Nat Prod Resour, 4(4), 328-34.
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