Emu oil helps my pyoderma faciale

Many people just assume that professionals in the health care field have cured all their own health problems. That’s not always the case, but many times, practitioners are brought to the field BECAUSE of their health issues.

That’s how it was for me. One of the issues I’ve struggled with over the past nine years is severe breakouts on my face. It wasn’t until two years ago that I got a more detailed diagnosis of my form of rosacea: Pyoderma faciale (also called Rosacea fulminans.)

When I got that detailed diagnosis, I tried going the traditional route and taking meds. The doxycycline made my face better, but it made me feel so weak that I felt like my heart didn’t have enough energy to beat. It also increased the intracranial pressure in my head, and I’ve noticed that my weather-related migraines are on the worse side since then. My dermatologist had also given me a topical steroid to try after that, and I tried it several times. Within ten minutes of application, no matter what time of day I applied it, I would get an anxiety attack out of nowhere. So that was a no-go too.

Luckily, one of my acupuncture teachers, who I go to for my own acupuncture treatments, referred me to a colleague that she had worked with, Nadine Toriello, who specializes in problem skin like mine. My teacher suggested I try topical emu oil right away while I waited to get in to see Nadine. She was the first esthetician who understood my diagnosis and what my skin needed to heal.

I noticed a difference right away! Emu oil penetrates to the dermis, where the skin is formed, and starts the healing deep down. It takes the incessant burning away, which is a godsend. My rule of thumb is that I apply emu oil when I feel my skin burning, so that could be anywhere from one to several times a day. I use Emu Gold, because it comes in a pump, so I don’t spill my precious oil (I did that once with another brand that had a dropper!) and keeps it from being exposed to air and oxidizing.

A few months ago, my husband brought me samples of Emu Aid, a homeopathic cream with different potencies of Argentum Metallicum. It also includes emu, lysine, tea tree oil and other ingredients. I have to say I was hesitant to try it, because so many things end up making my face worse, not better. But it’s been helping a great deal. So now I use both Emu Gold and Emuaid.

I’ve gotten my skin to the point where it is totally clear for several months at a time, but if I forget to apply emu for too long, or eat a lot of my trigger foods at once, it comes back and stays back for a long time. I also use an emu-based cleanser.

One of the most important times to apply whatever emu oil you’re using is at night. Part of the issue with rosacea is Demodex mites, which everyone has, but seem to be a little more out of control on people with rosacea. They migrate to the top of the skin at night to feed and mate (totally gross!) but keeping a layer of emu oil on seems to help keep that under control. So I rarely skip a nighttime application of emu now.

It’s important to have a two-prong approach to treating your skin issues, whether it’s acne, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis. Topicals alone won’t fix your skin if you don’t take care of the inflammation internally. Check out my blog post for internal fixes here.

If I had to pick only one topical to manage my pyoderma faciale, it would be emu. We’ll talk about my No. 2 remedy in my next post.

Nicole Noles Collins is a licensed acupuncture physician at Vitalichi Acupuncture. Nicole has two bachelor’s degrees – Alternative Medicine and Professional Health Sciences – as well as a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has a passion for both writing and natural health. Please visit her website at http://www.pcacupuncture.abmp.com and like her Facebook page at Vitalichi Acupuncture. For more information, call 941-979-9793.

Classical Homeopathy – the interview of a lifetime

Homeopathic bottles and PillsMany people go to the health food store or online to get homeopathic remedies for their issues. These people are generally picking a remedy based on their acute or chronic physical issues, maybe even an emotional issue now and then. Homeopathy can work well for those kinds of issues. I’ve seen it happen in my own family. But there is a different side of homeopathy that many people may not realize exists – the constitutional side of prescribing homeopathics. This is where the skills of a trained and licensed homeopath really shine.

Constitutional prescribing in homeopathy treats the whole person – body, mind and spirit, much as Traditional Chinese Medicine does, but on an even deeper and more profound level. The theory is that each person, as a unique individual, expresses disharmony as a unique set of symptoms and disease. This disharmony also manifests as unusual dreams, likes or dislikes, delusions or themes. So when a homeopath interviews a person for a constitutional remedy, he or she will ask a broad range of questions including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. This process usually takes at least an hour, and is essential in determining the essence of a person, and therefore, prescribing an accurate remedy. A homeopathic interview is a much more skilled and demanding art than most people realize, requiring knowledge not only of the remedies, but also the skill of gentle but persistent questioning that will create an accurate picture of the individual and their issues.

Homeopathy does not promise to fix all your physical or emotional problems, but it can help reduce them, resolve them or help you find new ways to cope with them. Think of it as unlocking your DNA. Like your brain, most of our DNA is not actually in daily use. There is a lot of information there just waiting to be accessed. One of the emerging theories is that homeopathy can unwind unused parts of your DNA so your body has new information to work with to keep you in homeostatic balance on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Everything you already need to know to heal yourself is already inside you, and homeopathy can help you find it. It’s a more efficient (some might say even evolved) version of you that’s waiting to be expressed. At its most basic, what homeopathy does is instigate change, like the Tao. Our perspective of self is that we never change, but the reality is we are changing every second. We remodel bone, create new cells, digest new things (physically and mentally) and constantly evolve our personality. Our very existence is a constant dance of change – and homeopathy can play a vital part in easing those changes or helping create positive ones.

Nicole Noles Collins is a licensed acupuncture physician and massage therapist at Vitalichi Acupuncture in Port Charlotte, Florida. Nicole has two bachelor’s degrees – Alternative Medicine and Professional Health Sciences – as well as a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has a passion for both writing and natural health. Please visit her website at www.pcacupuncture.abmp.com and like her Facebook page at Vitalichi Acupuncture. For more information, call 941-979-9793.

Arnica and the ER

My second child was a bit of a klutz when he was younger. He saw more of the ER than his big sister did, that’s for sure. So when I got a worried call from my mom while I was driving to school several years ago, I wasn’t surprised. The sidewalk had been slick with rain, and my little guy slipped on his way to the front door and had hit the concrete wall of the house – with his face. Mom said he had a nice bump on his forehead, she was icing it, and what did I want to her do? I told her to go ahead and take him to the ER just to be safe.

I was a good 45 minutes away, but I got back to town, stopped at the house to grab my arnica and met her there. By then, the bump was the size of a healthy golf ball – ouch! I gave him a dose of arnica 30C while waiting for the doc. He checked out my son for signs of concussion and he was fine, although he said the bump may hang on for a few days and to keep icing it. In the meantime, did I want him to remove the popcorn kernel from my son’s ear? (Sure, since we’re here…)

Eventually, we made it home sans popcorn and I dosed him again with arnica before bed. The next morning, I anxiously checked out my little man. No bump. I looked closer. There was the faintest of green tinges where the bump had been last night.

There’s a reason why Arnica is essential for every homeopathic first aid kit, and this is it. It not only helps with muscle aches and bruises, but its keynote (its signature and what it’s best known for) is head trauma. I was certainly a believer. Although it’s not a good idea to store homeopathic remedies in a car (especially in hot climates) or by electronic items, it’s a must-have remedy for your home first-aid kit. It’s the one remedy I fall back on and replace the most.

Nicole Noles Collins is a licensed acupuncture physician and massage therapist at Vitalichi Acupuncture in Port Charlotte, Florida. Nicole has two bachelor’s degrees – Alternative Medicine and Professional Health Sciences – as well as a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has a passion for both writing and natural health. Please visit her website at www.pcacupuncture.abmp.com and like her Facebook page at Vitalichi Acupuncture. For more information, call 941-979-9793.