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Hormonal Skin Problems

 

Female hormonal acne

For a number of reasons, the sebaceous (oil) glands at the base of the hair follicles in the skin can become blocked, resulting in acne – an unsightly skin disorder that includes pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and, if the oil glands become inflamed, pustules and cysts.

The most common form, Acne vulgaris, affects the areas of the body with high concentrations of sebaceous glands: the face, neck, upper chest, shoulders, and upper back. A tendancy toward acne may be heriditary and the condition is linked to hormonal activity – some women are prone to outbreaks in the days before their periods, for example, and outbreaks commonly occur at puberty, affecting as many as seven out of ten adolescents.

Each case is obviously different and a holistic approach is essential. The aim would be to find the right holistic stimulus to prod the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. A constitutional homeopathic remedy will be selected and prescribed.

Diet will be reviewed and supplements may be recommended. If stress is a major factor this will be addressed and appropriate stress reduction techniques will be recommended.

It obviously makes sense in “hormonal skin problems” to treat the whole person than just the end result on the skin. The endocrine (hormonal) system of the body is similar to a sophisticated orchestra and can easily stop playing in harmony. The ethos of my approach is always to try and persuade that “orchestra” to get back to playing in harmony. For this some from of an holistic stimulus to the whole organism will be used.

Testimonials

Dr Kaplan: Provocative Therapy

In December 2012, as result of a stress at work, I suffered from severe anxiety, fear, panic attacks, tachycardia and insomnia.These symptoms became increasingly severe and were associated with low self-esteem and loss of self-confidence. I consulted my GP who prescribed Citalopram and beta blockers for the tachycardia. The antidepressant did not suit me and I felt worse. I was then referred to Dr Brian Kaplan, to be treated with the ‘Provocative Therapy’. This treatment adapted by Dr Kaplan, is based on the principle that the therapist ask questions covering all aspects of the patient’s life, by exaggerating the meanings of it. During the 1 hour session, the patient experiences a strong reaction, triggered by the ‘Provocative’ input of the therapist. Initially, there is an increased fear with regression to the childhood, associated to strong emotions and sorrow, which may precipitate sobbing. Subsequently, this state is followed by a phase of self-analysis which is more constructive. The ‘provocation’ breaks the pattern of the patient’s own feelings of hopelessness and discomfort. In fact, there is an opening of the self-image and a critical strong desire for change, in response to the provocation, which can be at times, outrageous. I underwent 9 weekly sessions during which I progressively became free from fear. The anxiety and panic attacks reduced significantly and I started to know what I want from my life and became more positive and optimistic. At the end of the 9 weeks, I acquired my self-confidence and self – esteem together with a new approach in my life which initially appeared to me broken and rather useless. The 9 sessions – in my opinion – were sufficient to resolve the initial acute state with anxiety and I felt a person full of interest and happier.  It is more than one year since I started the ‘provocative therapy’ with Dr Kaplan and I have not had any relapse to the original symptoms and discomfort. I strongly recommend this this therapy as a novelty; this is medication- free and can produce resolution of the acute psychological/mental conditions, quicker than the conventional therapies. In order to be successful, it is crucial that the patient collaborates and has complete trust in the therapist. The scientific process of such a treatment is not yet known and /or clarified. However, a number of recent studies in Neurophysiology and Psychiatry have shown the importance of hexogen and endogen stimuli, which can triggers and induce changes in the brain in response to the external inputs, acting via the hypothalamic/endocrine axes. It can be suggested that some of these mechanisms may be involved in the therapeutic process of the Provocative Therapy, but a lot of work needs to be in hand.

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