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Introduction

Welcome to the March issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. This month's Newsletter includes a range of informative articles that will hopefully interest all of you, plus a laugh or two, just for the ladies out there.

Index of the March Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:

(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)

Articles:

Dead Skin Cells - Are They A Problem?
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

An Introduction to Remedial Massage Therapy
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Herbal Medicine: An Introduction
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

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Dead Skin Cells - Are They A Problem?

 

Dead Skin Cells are shed off the surface of our skin at an astonishing rate of 30,000 - 40,000 cells every minute! That amounts to about 4 kilogrammes per year. Apart from considerable dust around the house creating an ideal environment for dust mites, what potential problems can excessive dead skin cells present to our skin's health?

 

About Our Skin

The human skin is a complex organ. It consists of several layers, which are involved in a range of functions, ranging from sensory perception, protection from external pathogens to temperature regulation. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and under normal conditions renews itself every 28 - 30 days. In addition to dead skin cells, the skin's surface layer is covered with fine hairs, skin pores, fine lines and more or less wrinkles.

In an earlier article, I provided a detailed description of the various functions of each of the layers that make up the skin, so I will not discuss these here. This article however, will look at the potential problems dead skin cells can cause if a good skin care regime is not followed.

Skin Structure Review

The structure of the skin is basically divided into two general layers, the dermis (link to previous article) and the epidermis. The latter is divided further into 5 layers. The layer at the very surface of the skin is called the Stratum corneum, which consists mainly of dead skin cells.

Dead Skin Cells

The body sheds dead skin cells of it's own accord, however, exfoliation through the use of skin brushes, luffah's or exfoliant skin care products, helps to stimulate new cell growth and reduces build up of dead skin cells.

So, how do dead skin cells impact the skin's health? As the dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin, they have the potential to act as a barrier to the absorption of nutrients from nourishing creams and lotions; they also have the potential to block sweat glands, which can result in white heads, black heads or acne.

Of course you do need a certain amount of dead skin cells to cover your skin, however, it does not need to be very thick to execute it's function as an effective barrier. If the rate of skin cell production/death is higher than normal, as for example in psoriasis, the body is unable to shed old cells quickly enough for the new cells to replace them. As the new cells push their way to the surface of the skin, the old cells create a build up of dead skin, which appear as raised patches.

Under normal circumstances, every minute of the day we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of our skin - that's about 4 kilograms per year of dead skin cells. In fact, much of the dust in a house is to a great extent comprised of our dead skin cells.

Effective regulation of dead skin cells

There are basically two reasons for using a daily skin care regime. The first is to keep the skin clean and the dead skin cell layer to a healthy minimum. The second reason is to provide the skin with nutrients and nourishment for optimum functionality.

Natural skin care productAs aforementioned, using a natural exfoliant skin care product is a great option to gently remove some of the dead skin cells and provide some nutrients at the same time.

Facial clay masks used once or twice a week provide additional nutrients and deep cleaning actions on the skin, helping to remove white heads and black heads from deep withing the skin pores.

Following the exfoliation using a cleanser to remove deep-seated dirt and stale oils from skin pores and wrinkles is a necessary next step. This is not just to remove dirt etc., but also helps to keep microbes down, as many of the natural skin cleansers utilise essential oils and herbal extracts, which are anti-septic in nature and thus help reduce the chance of skin infections.

Once the cleansing has been completed, it is time to close the pores of the skin to prevent dust and other environmental particles from entering the open pores. This is where a natural toning lotion is ideal. Being formulated to contain astringents and other nourishing ingredients, toners will prepare the skin for the final step - Moisturising.

Skin Care ProductMoisturising your skin is critical. Moisturisers provide essential nutrients for the skin and at the same time help the skin to retain moisture, preventing dehydration of the skin and acceleration of skin cell death.

Dead skin cells are a normal and necessary part of our skin, however, a good skin care regime can assist the skin in its function of shedding these dead skin cells and promote new cell growth.

People who suffer from dry and sensitive skin, or conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis (to mention a few), generally produce more dead skin cells than under normal conditions. Removing the excessive dead skin cells will help to prevent the skin from cracking and becoming infected.

In addition, implementing a good daily skin care regime will not only help to remove excessive dead skin cells, but will provide the skin with moisture, nutrients and assist it in its defence against microbial infections.

 

 

An Introduction to Remedial Massage Therapy

Authors: Susan L. Siegenthaler & Danny T. Siegenthaler (1997)

Definition of Massage: Massage is the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, and is performed directly upon the skin in a methodical manner for therapeutic purposes (Tappan, 1994).

Massage is

  • Systematic
  • Scientific
  • Methodical
  • Therapeutic

Massage OilSkilfully used, Remedial Massage Therapy can assist the body in its own healing processes, where disease or injury has occurred in muscles, connective tissues, bones, joints and internal organs. Massage can also assist healing through its effect on the psychological condition of the patient, increasing a sense of confidence, well-being and relaxation.

When Do We Use Massage?

There are many situations which cause a metabolic imbalance within the soft tissues of the body. Most of these can be treated with Massage.

The PURPOSE of Massage is to bring about any of the PHYSIOLOGICAL, MECHANICAL, REFLEX or PSYCHOLOGICAL effects attributed to Remedial Massage Therapy. Relaxation, pain relief and increased range of movement can be achieved through the application of Massage.

In addition to the treatment of ill and injured people, Massage can be used in Athletics and Sport where it aids in the preparation of muscles, joints and associated structures for strenuous activity, or to assist these same tissues in recovery from strenuous activity. This reduces the incidence of injuries and improves the Athlete’s performance.

Massage is a useful and integral part of the healing process.

While giving a Massage, encourage the patient to understand the potential source of healing which lies within their own consciousness. The patient can be encouraged to not be a helpless party, but to become part of their healing defence mechanisms. Massage can help the patient to develop an increased awareness of their body, and the levels of relaxation and stress that they may experience.

Types of Massage Techniques

There are many types of Massage in use today, for example:

  • Essalon Massage is a technique in which both sides of the body are massaged simultaneously. It is a symmetrical Massage technique, very gentle, and designed to enhance maximum relaxation in the patent.
  • Deep Tissue Massage is a technique which is designed to manipulate the deep fascia layers and deep muscle layers of the body. It is based on the theory that stress can be stored deep within the body, and is arranged in “layers”, trauma after trauma, each layer relating to a different level of consciousness. It can be quite a painful experience for the patient, and is said to evoke emotional responses as each layer of stress and trauma is “unlocked” and released.
  • Shiatsu / Chinese Massage are techniques with similar philosophical approaches. Each technique works with the concept of body energies. The techniques employed are designed to ”unblock” energy meridians and restore health by balancing the patient’s energy (Qi).
  • Zone Therapy / Reflexology are techniques which are localised to specific body regions, e.g.: Hands, feet, ears. The various regions are said to have reflex relationships to all parts of the body, and various techniques are used to bring about specific reactions in a chosen body area.
  • Swedish and Remedial Massage are the techniques with which this Course of study is primarily concerned. The techniques which have been developed and called Remedial Massage are a composite of many other forms of Massage.

Many individuals have contributed to the development of Massage as we know it today. “Swedish” Massage concentrates on working on one side of the body at a time. It is more intense than Essalon Massage, and unlike Deep Tissue Massage, it works within the pain / comfort threshold of the patient. encouraging the gentle release of tension and stress.

Remedial Massage makes use of Passive Movements and Joint Mobilising Techniques, working towards a specific goal in the treatment of the patient, and often working on a specific and limited body region until that goal is accomplished.

Local Versus General Massage

When faced with a patient, the massage therapist must decide what approach needs to be taken in order to best help the patient with their specific health problem.

Many people, who do not know much about massage, erroneously think that every massage is a “Full Body” Massage and the longer it takes the better - but this is far from the truth of the matter.

When treating a patient with a specific problem e.g.: Sciatica, Osteoarthritis in the cervical spine, and the like, and Massage is the choice to help with the symptoms of pain or loss of mobility, the treatment approach must be primarily aimed at the treatment of the specific problem area in order to obtain the best results.

On the other hand, if a patient presents with problems of stress, tension and anxiety, a “Full Body” Massage would be the prescription most likely given. Full Body Massage is mostly employed for relaxation therapy, and it is recommended that a Full Body Massage should never exceed 45-60 minutes duration, as after this time the positive effects of the Massage treatment are reversed.

This is based upon the concept of “The Principle of Sensory Adaptation”. Sensory receptors in the body have a characteristic function called adaptation, that is, a change in sensitivity (usually a decrease) to a prolonged stimulus. Receptors associated with touch and pressure in the skin rapidly adapt and can lead to further adaptation in the central nervous system as incoming signals are processed. Excessive stimulii can also produce undesirable Reflex Responses.

The level of general health of the patient must also be considered. Debilitated and very ill persons do not tolerate long duration massage well. Once a patient has had a course of several Massage Treatments and is in reasonably good health, long duration Massage can be given.

 

Contra-Indications of Massage

Regardless of the injury or illness from which the patient is suffering, the Therapist will be dealing with a wide variety of conditions like pain, swelling, scar tissue, muscle spasm, fibrocystic nodules, skin conditions, contractures, and insufficient circulation.

It is imperative that, when PAIN is a presenting symptom, Massage should NEVER be done until its CAUSE has been discovered, AND it can be seen that massage is a SAFE and an APPROPRIATE form of treatment.

There are conditions for which massage is INDICATED, i.e. Massage is the appropriate form of treatment for the condition.

There are conditions for which Massage is CONTRA-INDICATED, i.e.: Massage is not an appropriate form of treatment, and performing Massage in these circumstances may cause further injuries to tissues or even endanger the health or the LIFE of the patient. These include:

  • Acute inflammatory conditions, which may be local or systemic (i.e. Fever).
  • When there is pus or any other body discharge present.
  • Where there is an abnormal skin condition, e.g.: Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, recently healed burns.
  • Varicose veins or thrombosis.
  • Cancers or tumours, especially after recent surgery or chemotherapy. A Doctor’s clearance should be obtained before proceeding with Massage Therapy in such a  case.
  • Abdominal Massage in Pregnancy during the first Trimester and where there is a history of repeated miscarriage.
  • Poisonous foci, e.g.: Snake and spider bites, other insect bites, abscesses and boils.
  • Where there may be danger of haemorrhage, e.g.: After recent surgery or recent internal bleeding / bruising.
  • Heart weakness due to Chronic Congestive Heart Disease or following recent Heart  Attack.
  • Untreated mental disorders, e.g.: Manic depression, Schizophrenia.
  • Neurological disorders where there may be loss of sensation in the skin or abnormal reflexes, e.g.: Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Quadriplegia, Nerve damage.
  • Oedema due to Heart or Kidney weakness or thrombosis.
  • Undiagnosed severe or persistent headache or migraine.
  • While the patient is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Variations in the general treatment approach can be used and the therapist should have a sound understanding of the nature of the problem.

General Effects of Massage


Restoration of function

Massage has a beneficial influence on virtually all body systems, including the skin, musculo-skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic - immune, digestive and glandular systems.

Aids Elimination

Massage can aid the elimination of toxic metabolic wastes via the bowels, lungs, kidneys and skin.

Facilitates local blood supply

Massage aids and increases local blood supply to tissues, which in turn increases the nourishment of the cells composing those tissues and promotes waste removal. This enables cellular activities to be carried out normally.

Promotes relaxation

Massage relaxes tight, shortened and spastic muscles and connective tissues.

Loosens scar tissue

Massage can loosen and diminish fibrous and scar tissue. Timely application of Massage in the healing process can even prevent the formation of scar tissue.

Disperses acid deposits

Massage can disperse uric and lactic acid deposits that can accumulate in and around joints, igaments, tendons, muscles and fascia. These acids disturb the chemical activities of the cells.

Sedate, stimulate or balance the nervous system

Depending upon the techniques used, Massage can have either: sedating, stimulating or balancing effects upon the nervous system function.

Normalise Glandular functions

Massage can either increase or decrease the functions of glands in the body, especially this effect is marked in the glands of the skin.

 

Remedial Massage Therapy in Context

Massage is a useful and integral part of the healing process. It should be used where indicated and appropriate by qualified remedial massage therapists. Remedial massage is an ideal treatment to aid in the recovery from physical injury, certain chronic disorders and musculo-skeletal disorders. Massage promotes flexibility in joints and muscles and is often used as an adjunct therapy to other forms of treatment such as Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, etc. in a variety of diseases.

 

 

An Introduction To Herbal Medicine



The History of Herbal Medicine?

Medicinal plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. For example, ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal plant uses. Indigenous cultures (e.g., African and Native American) used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (e.g., Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used systematically. Scientists found that people is different parts of the globe tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes (UMM).

In the early 19th century, when methods of chemical analysis first became available, scientists began extracting and modifying the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds, beginning the transition from raw herbs to synthetic pharmaceuticals. Over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of pharmaceuticals.

Herbal Medicine Today

Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some aspect of their primary healthcare. In the last twenty years in the United States, increasing public dissatisfaction with the cost, efficacy and potential of side-effect of prescription medications, combined with an interest in returning to natural or organic remedies, has led to an increase in the use of herbal medicines. In countries such as Germany and Switzerland, roughly 600 to 700 plant-based medicines are available are prescribed by approximately 70% of physicians.

How do Herbs Work?

For most herbs, used in herbal medicine, the specific ingredient that causes a therapeutic effect is not known. Whole herbs contain many ingredients, and it is likely that they work synergistically to produce the therapeutic effects. Many factors affect how effective an herb will be. For example, the type of environment (climate, bugs, soil quality, altitude, etc.) in which a plant grew will affect its constituents. In addition, how and when it was harvested and processed will also influence the quality of the resulting herbal extract.

How are herbs used?

For the reasons described in the previous section, herbalists prefer using plant extracts from the whole herb or various parts such as roots, flowers, seeds, etc., rather than extracting single active ingredients from them. Herbal extracts have many components and are usually too complex to manufacture synthetically by the pharmaceutical industry.

These components contained in medicinal herbs work together to produce therapeutic effects, while at the same time moderating potential side-effects often associated with pharmaceutic preparations. Several herbs are often used together to enhance effectiveness and synergistic actions and to reduce toxicity.

Are Herbal Medicines Safe?


In a study by the World Health Organization on the use of herbal medicine, about 80% of the world's population still rely on herbal medicine to treat certain ailments and about 74% of the pharmaceutical drugs we use today contain at least one botanical element.

For instance, Chinese Herbal Medicine's uses Ephedra, which containes ephedrine in the treatment of some respiratory conditions. Ephedrine remains an active ingredient in many pharmaceutical drugs being prescribed to relieve asthma symptoms.

Herbal medicine is defined by three schools of thought: Ayurvedic Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Herbalism and Western Herbal Medicine. While both Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine have moved on to advanced forms, western herbal medicine remains a part of folk treatments. Herbal medicine is, first and foremost, holistic. It aims to address not just a particular symptom, but also to help the whole body rejuventate strengthen itself.

Research

Reseach into herbal medicine is growing and evidence of efficacy is growing at a rapid rate. Universities such as the University of Meryland Medical Centre, are publishing good quality, researched information on herbal medicine, herbs and other aspects of alternative medicine.

Warning

Always keep in mind that herbal medicines are medicines and, therefore, need to be regarded with as much care as pharmaceutical drugs. Some people have the misconception that because herbal medicines are natural, they are 100% safe. This is not so. Allways consult a fully qualified, experienced medical herbalist to have your health problems assessed and treated.

The Australian Traditional Medicine Society provides a list of qualified herbal medicine practitioners for hundreds of locatioons across Australia. You can easily find a qualified herbalist or Chinese medicine practitioner in your area.

 

We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months. Your suggestions are always welcome and we endevour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy!

In good health

Danny & Susan Siegenthaler

 

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