Chronic skin conditions can be uncomfortable, unsightly and downright dangerous, at the least making life uncomfortable, at worst increasing the risk of systemic infections.
Approximately 27% of Australians suffer one or more skin condition. The most prevalent are eczema, acne, rosacea and psoriasis and are usually inflammatory or allergic. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes, vessels and immune cells responsible for delivering and draining lymph fluid. A congested lymphatic system results in a build up of metabolic wastes and toxins placing an increased burden on the skin.
Unlike the blood which has a pump (the heart) our lymph system relies on skeletal muscle to keep things moving. Many of you know I’m a big fan of exercise, here’s YET another way exercise contributes to our wellbeing, it is vital for healthy lymph and skin.
Lifestyle strategies to support lymphatic health include dry skin brushing, deep breathing exercises, massage and a clean vegetable heavy diet.
In the case of stubborn, difficult to treat skin conditions, herbal and nutritional medicines can be used to enhance elimination via the lungs, liver, gut and kidneys. This reduces the lymphatic burden. Echinacea (a favourite herb of mine) Burdock, Yellow Dock and Poke Root are all lymphatic herbs with a long history of use in skin conditions. Additionally, zinc and Vitamin A can provide nutritional support for lymphatic clearing and skin healing.
But let’s not forget the role of hormonal imbalance and skin disorders……… More on that later……