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Homoeopathic remedies can help those who suffer from common skin complaints such as eczema or acne

It’s Homeopathy Awareness Week

17 June, 2014

Natural Health News — This week marks the 14th annual Homeopathy Awareness Week and  the focus this year is on the theme of skincare.

According to the Society of Homeopaths, skin conditions are one of the most common problems seen by homoeopaths and there are a number of homoeopathic remedies with a long tradition of use in treating skin ailments.

A recent survey by Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy found that over one quarter of Britons believe that their skin reacts to changes in their lifestyle.

Of the changes in lifestyle that their skin most reacts to most, 34% names illness, 33% lack of sleep and 27% named changes in their diet.

These statistics come on top of the one in ten people affected by conditions such as mild eczema (see our article here) and mild acne in the UK and this year’s campaign will be raising awareness of how homoeopathy can be used to help relieve symptoms.

Homoeopathy has much to offer those suffering from skin complaints.

For example, in Japan, scientists studied 17 atopic eczema patients whose skin disease was resistant to the usual conventional medical treatments.  These patients then received homoeopathic treatment.  All patients reported over 50% improvement overall in their skin conditions;15 of the 17 patients had their itching improve; 10 out of 13 patients with sleep disturbances improved.  Importantly, 5 out of the 17 patients (almost one-third) were able to stop using their steroid ointments.

In another German study, 225 children with severe and longstanding atopic eczema were given homoeopathic treatment alongside their conventional dermatology treatment.  The children were then followed for two years. The researchers found that the patients’ eczema severity scores improved significantly. Notably, the patients were able to reduce their use of conventional drugs for their skin problems.

With acne, homoeopaths consider this common skin problem to be related to internal hormonal process which leaves the skin vulnerable to spots, pimples and blackheads. Acne requires individualised treatment at the inner level rather than treating it at the skin surface by local applications.

In addition to knowing that your homoeopath will be able to support you in overcoming your skin condition with remedies and lifestyle advice, you can be confident that homoeopathy is safe for all your family and during pregnancy.

To promote Homeopathy Awareness week the Society of Homeopaths has also produced a series of short animations. If you are new to homoeopathy these provide information about the benefits of homoeopathy in a simple and engaging way. You can find these on YouTube, here.