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Energy Centre Focus:   3rd at Solar Plexus  – and Tailbone Centre

Endocrine Glands effected:
  Check thyroid and adrenals   Major Organ:  Liver
Other symptoms are often constipation, poor digestion/assimilation, food sensitivities, and inability to properly detox your body naturally.

Underlying Emotions and False Beliefs:
  Your skin can “break out” in an attempt to rid the body of various toxins and impurities that the digestive-elimination system is unable to handle. Your skin is a massive respiration organ and has the tremendous responsibility of working with your sacred breath to keep you clean and pure.

However, when you upset the balance by loading up on foods or drink that is toxic to the body or excessive, the result of this shows up on the skin.  Lesions, red spots, inflamed and irritated marks are all signs of the body attempting to rid itself of something that is not in harmony with the pure functioning of the systems.

In addition to the physical symptoms, we must also look at the emotional causes here. Your digestive system is associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra and energy centre is underlying the massive nerve plexus found in here in the body.  Everyone registers their sensitivities here in their belly!  If your nerves are off and you are highly sensitive to disharmony and disruptive environments, then this too will throw off your skin

Being irritated by people, places and experiences that disturbs the peace and calm of your nerves in the solar plexus will also cause the skin to break out in hives, eczema and spots.  Itchiness further aggravates and a total emotional frustration about your life will come out as symptoms on the skin. Are you happy?  Can you settle down in your life and feel a balanced ebb and flow of energy between yourself and others?  Do you give too much away in helping others and more often find yourself not receiving enough nurturing and care yourself?

If your skin is giving you a problem in your life, then you must take a good look at your environment, people, events and situations that are triggering you.  Identify these things and start to engage in the action of eliminating them or at best modifying them.

Counsel and Steps to Healing: 

You will need healing to the solar plexus chakra and you will need to start a deep, diaphragm breathing practice daily.  This is available to you on the link below.

The visualization of YELLOW and VIOLET to this chakra will really help and you should visualize this while you are doing deep breathing with your hands on your stomach above the navel.  A full chakra meditation is a good idea.

Cleanse and purify the digestive system and include bitters, lemon and lots of water in your daily nutrition plan.  Engage in a DETOX plan with the help of a nutritionist or Naturopathic doctor.

Avoid perfumes, colognes, skin products with any additives but instead use organics cleansers and moisturizers.

Emotional causes:  Identify the triggers that cause you to break out more.  See how you are responding to situations and exactly what happens to your skin.  The location will also help you to get to the root cause for healing.  You can look at the chakra most closely related to where the skin breaks out and ADD that to your practice of energy healing/meditation.

For example, if you have skin breakouts around your mouth then add the 3rd (Solar plexus) and 5th chakra (throat chakra)  healing meditation to your regular 7 chakra routine each day.  Journal and access the triggers to gain enlightenment on just what they are so that you can begin to change them.

Skin aggravated at:

Root chakra – hemorrhoids, buttocks, legs and feet, toes (Athlete’s feet)

Second chakra – external genitals, lower abdomen

Third chakra – belly and back

Fourth chakra – upper chest and under the arms, upper back

Fifth chakra –  neck, throat, mouth, chin, arms and hands

Sixth chakra – forehead, around the eyes, scalp at back of head –

Seventh chakra – top of the head, cradle cap,

 

Guided Meditation: Breathing for Divine Alignment

 

3rd Chakra healing meditation:

Healing Stone:

Citrine, gold topaz, amber, tigers eye, gold calcite and gold, topaz, peridot, pyrite

Skin Issues – by Jacs Cooper, ND

Naturopathic Approach:Disclaimer: 
This information is not a substitute for medical advice. It is best to consult with a health care provider before initiating any new form of treatment. Those taking medications should be especially prudent, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding must always discuss new treatments with their health care provider to ensure their safety.

When symptoms, like acne, eczema or psoriasis, appears on our skin, it tells us our that our body is overwhelmed. Typically the root cause of the issue involves some combination of mental-emotional stress, digestive dysfunction, and difficulty eliminating toxins.

Stress directly promotes the development and progression of disease through countless mechanisms. And with respect to skin conditions, it can be the primary cause of skin symptoms or a contributing factor that impairs the ability of other organ systems to operate effectively. For instance, digestion and detoxification are both parasympathetic activities, and stress causes our nervous system to shift out of parasympathetic mode and into a sympathetic state. As a result, individuals who are chronically stressed will often have difficulty digesting their food and consequently, have an increased likelihood of developing food sensitivities and dysbiosis (dysbiosis is an imbalance between helpful vs harmful bacteria in the body). Chronic stress also impairs the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. When detoxification pathways are shut down the liver and lymphatic system start to become congested, and this further worsens the elimination of toxins.

Some individuals may find their skin symptoms worsen with hormonal fluctuations. For example, a woman may experience a worsening of acne in the days leading up to the start of her period. The reason is that if stress, poor digestion, and impaired detoxification are not addressed, eventually they will disrupt the delicate balance of hormones. Hormonal imbalance, in turn, further aggravates the existing skin condition. This complexity of factors and organs involved is why skin conditions can often be so difficult to treat.

A few basic supplements that you should consider taking include: vitamin D, probiotics and a fish oil. These are basic building blocks of good health that are frequently deficient in people suffering with skin conditions. All three supplements play an important role in modulating inflammation, which always occurs in response to stress, poor digestion and an inability to adequately detoxify the body.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means that you can reach toxic levels if you take too much. That said the vast majority of people are incredibly deficient in vitamin D because they don’t take enough. 2000 IU of vitamin D daily is a commonly prescribed dose for adults, however, the only way to safely determine the right dose for you is by monitoring your blood levels. You can ask your naturopathic doctor or medical doctor to test your D3 levels.

When choosing a probiotic,

  • Select a product that uses proprietary strains of bacteria that are backed by research and come from a human source.
  • Avoid probiotics that are enteric coated as the enteric coating prevents the bacteria from being released in the stomach and first part of the small intestine. It is important to colonize the entire digestive tract, which is why I encourage my patients to occasionally open the capsule and place the probiotic powder in some water and swish around their mouth before swallowing. To ensure that the bacteria survive the exposure to stomach acid, ensure you ALWAYS take them WITH food.  The pH level in the stomach is significantly higher (less acidic) when food is present. The bacteria will not survive if taken on an empty stomach.
  • As for potency, it is more important to take a low dose of a high-quality probiotic rather than opting for a higher dose of a cheaper brand. For most people, taking 25 billion CFU 1-2 times a day is more than enough. There are individuals who sometimes require much higher doses, but this should be supervised by a naturopathic doctor who can help you decipher whether or not it is a higher dose probiotic you need, or perhaps the addition of another supplement to your regimen.

The most important factors to consider when choosing a fish oil are the following:

  • It is sustainably sourced in a way that respects our environment.
  • It is 3rd party tested for microbial and environmental contaminants and rancidity
  • The combined daily amount of EPA and DHA is in the range of 1000-5000mg, and in a ratio of EPA:DHA that falls between 0.5:1 to 2:1.

For vegans or those who have a sensitivity to fish, algae-derived oils can provide an alternative source of essential fatty acids -, particularly DHA.

Gemmotherapy and phytogens are forms of medicine that are particularly effective at helping the body eliminate toxins and regain optimal function. Below are three remedies to consider in the treatment of skin conditions:

  • Ribes  (Blackcurrant) reduces inflammation and provides adrenal support for those who are chronically stressed.
  • Juglans (English Walnut) helps improve digestion and immune activity by removing harmful forms of bacteria and encouraging the growth of beneficial strains of bacteria.
  • Rosmarinus (Rosemary) strengthens the liver’s ability to break down and eliminate toxins.

While the root cause of skin conditions is always internal, topical support is important. I don’t typically like to recommend specific products, but there are a couple of products that I have found exceptionally helpful in the treatment of difficult skin cases.

  • AlkaBath is a special brand of bath salts that come from Germany. It contains sodium bicarbonate and traces of several semi-precious stones. It helps to remove acids and toxins via the skin. I have found this particularly helpful for my patients suffering from eczema and psoriasis.
  • Zeolite, specifically Clinoptilolite I found to be especially good for acne. Zeolite is similar to a clay. You apply it as a mud mask to the affected area of skin and allow it to dry. Like the AlkaBaths it also assists in alleviating the toxic burden on the skin. I’ve found this to be particularly helpful as a weekly skin treatment for those suffering from acne.
  • Acne Control Cream by Orange Naturals is a homeopathic combination for the treatment of acne. It soothes redness and other signs of inflammation while hydrating the skin.

While selecting quality supplements is necessary, a supplement protocol alone is not enough to restore healthy skin. Optimizing diet and ensuring proper hydration are both of the utmost importance. A general rule for good health is that 50% of what you consume in a day should be vegetables – this ensures you are getting sufficient vitamins and minerals. Equally as important is determining what foods you need to eliminate. There are obvious things that should be eliminated such as sugar, processed foods, etc. However, there can be whole foods that are typically considered healthy that may not be healthy for you. Our immune systems can develop an inappropriate reaction to foods – a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities are mediated by two different components of the immune system (IgG and IgA). They are different from food allergies (which are mediated by IgE). Food sensitivities are becoming more and more common, but they are extremely difficult to recognize as the skin reaction may not occur for 24-72 hours after the food was consumed.

There is a blood test that identifies whether or not your immune system has made an inappropriate immune response to certain foods through the production of antibodies. Creating IgG antibodies to foods is more common, but it is also possible for the immune system to create IgA antibodies. Therefore, I always encourage my patients to run both the IgG and IgA tests together, so that they have the complete picture when revamping their diet. A naturopathic doctor can order this test for you and guide you through the process of eliminating foods.

There are numerous forms of natural medicine (beyond the scope of this blog) that can assist in bringing the body back into a state of balance, thereby restoring the health of your skin. However, as discussed above, there are potentially many organ systems involved and knowing where to focus your efforts can be difficult. By comprehensively reviewing your health history and employing specific lab tests, a naturopathic doctor can assist you in creating a plan of action that matches your unique physiological needs.

Dr. Jacs Cooper, ND

www.jacscooper.com

647-923-4124

418 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 302

Toronto, Ont. M5N 1A2