Skin care in integrated medicine

April 14, 2014

Skin care in integrated medicine

The skin is a complex organ and it is widely accepted that the treatment of a skin disease more often than not be limited to the treatment of specific lesion or organ dysfunction that has generated it, but it is also important to address the psychological and emotional aspects may related.

In fact, skin diseases are influenced by emotional states, then dab the physical symptom is not enough.

This is confirmed by PNEI’s studies,  a discipline that explains how the mind-skin axis creates a circuit that finds its roots in embryogenesis. It should not be forgotten that both the epidermis is the nerve tissue, giving rise to the same germ layer, are intimately linked to all existence.

The psychoanalysis component is an integral part of the picture.

One of the major representatives of this hypothesis is Didier Anzieu, collaborator of Jacques Lacan and the founder of the newfreudian current, who developed the concept of the Moi-Peau, the skin-ego. In his text, published in 1974, he compare the skin to consciousness, not just a shell but a border, a security barrier between the inside and the outside, a place of contact and exchange with the outside world in a psychoanalytic perspective. And the ego that is rooted in the skin.

To explain the concept of psycho-somatic skin we gives the example of atopic dermatitis, which in some cases affects children in conflict with the mother. Simply to prescribe cortisone to relieve the symptom is an understatement because behind the skin of the baby there is an ego that needs to be understood.

The introduction of the concept of “Skin Ego” can help to frame also in the psychoanalytic dermatological disorder, from its origins to the implications.

With homeopathy, the majority of skin diseases, severe psoriasis from child atopic to adult, from eczema to dermatitis, can find a solution.

In homeopathy, the approach to dermatological diseases is wide, there are many remedies for all types of patients; in herbal medicine we have, for example, burdock, viola tricolor, the chimney, the garlic, which we recommend in TM or in MG., 20 drops each, three times a day for a month. In Ayurvedic medicine for example Triphala, 2 tablets three times a day for a fortnight. In anthroposophic medicine skin care through the digestive system and mental balance, in general.

There are dermatologists who, although not homeopaths, use homeopathy because the patient can benefit from it. With very few exceptions, the integration is unofficial and is made from the bottom but we think dermatology is one of the most fertile land to achieve it. We have had recent demonstration with a study carried out at the Catholic University of Rome on alopecia androgenetic alopecia treated with aponeurotic galea, an anthroposophic medicine. The specialist may take a broader approach to groped to find out the discomfort of the patient beyond the skin manifestation.