Assessing Your Acne Formations

So how do you remove a symptom of acne? You address the conditions that created the toxic situation. Looking at the formation of an acne lesion is a major step in decoding the message of your acne.

Using the guidelines below will give you an idea as to how to start decoding the messages that your acne brings. In his book African Holistic Health, Dr. Llaila O.

Afrika explains that the face is a reflection of robust health as well as “dis-ease”. Bumps such as blackheads, whiteheads and other acne formations indicate a “dis-ease” in the state of the organ that corresponds to its location on the face. To illustrate, a bump located in the middle of the eyes would suggest that the liver is having difficulties and it should be treated accordingly.

Acne-Organ Face Chart

Links between acne and organs
Copyright 2018 © by Naweko San-Joyz Based on works by Dr. Llaila Afrika and Michio Kushi

For a pimple located in this area, one could perform a liver cleanse or make certain tha t they avoid foods and drinks that tax the liver (such as coffee and alcohol) for a few days. An illustration of the face chart is provided in the next page. Use the face chart by determining the location of the acne pimple on your face. Then determine what organ is associated with the location of the pimple (e.g. large intestines, small intestines, etc.).

Once you know what organ is connected to the pimple formation, use the suggestions in the Acne Organ Connection Chart to help this organ recover so that the pimple goes away.

This may seem trivial, but have you ever had a pimple that always seems to show up in the exact same location? Well, that pimple is obviously sending a message. Addressing the pimple using the Acne Organ Connection Chart will help you resolve the issues that an organ, through the pimple, brings to your attention.

 

Duodenum

(Also refer to the chart for Sex organs: Female and Sex organs: Male) This is the first part of the small intestine. It is located between the stomach and the jejunum (the middle part of the small intestines). After foods combine with stomach acid, they descend into the duodenum where they mix with bile from the gall bladder and digestive juices from the pancreas.

Methods for cleansing and helping the organ recover

  • Follow advice given for large intestines.
  • Also, make certain that you are not overworking the pancreas (consuming too much sugar) and liver (eating too many processed foods). Ensure that you are chewing your food thoroughly, because improper mastication could create more work for the duodenum.

Heart

It’s responsible for supplying the body with oxygenated blood. Each time the heart beats a pressure, known as blood pressure, is exerted on the veins and arteries. Blood pressure is of critical importance and must be controlled if it is too high or too low. Blood pressure can be controlled with proper exercise and a diet filled with fruits and vegetables.

*Diuretics are substances used to remove excess fluids from the body by increasing the volume of urine and reducing the volume of blood. Decreased blood volume alleviates stress on the heart.
Barley: contains seeds that are used as an anti- inflammatory diuretic.
Germander: is a stimulant and a diuretic. It is used to treat heart failure due to excess fluid.
Xanthine: occurs naturally in yeast, potatoes, coffee beans, tea and chocolate. Xanthine stimulates the brain, heart and muscles. Its diuretic properties dilate the heart’s blood vessels.

Methods for cleansing and helping the heart recover

Try consuming the following in their natural forms to stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol:

Psyllium: absorbs water and expands to increase the moisture content of the stool, which encourages a bowel movement. Psyllium contains a soluble fiber, which studies have shown to help lower cholesterol levels.
Fenugreek: reduces blood sugar. May inhibit the intestinal absorption of cholesterol.
Ginseng: normalizes high or low blood pressure by lowering blood sugar.
Oat Fiber: Lowers cholesterol by helping prevent reabsorption of bile acids from the small intestine. Enjoy carrots, pineapple juice and chlorophyll (alfalfa juice)

*USE NATURAL DIURECTICS WITH CAUTION AND ONLY AS NEEDED. MISUSE OF DIURECTICS CAN HARM THE BLADDER.

Kidneys

These organs monitor and protect the blood volume; filter the blood; form urine; and regulate water, electrolyte and the acid/base balance.
The kidneys also produce some hormones and participate in the metabolism of others. One of their principal tasks is to keep an appropriate amount of water in the body.

Methods for cleansing and helping the organ recover

  • Try consuming some of the foods suggested in the Kidney section of this book.
  • Drink cranberry juice.
  • If you are experiencing excessive and unexplained water weight gain along with facial swelling try the diuretics listed in the Heart section above.
  • Ensure that you are consuming appropriate amounts of minerals.

Large Intestine

Its primary functions include storing food residues and absorbing water. Between what we drink and what is secreted into the stomach and intestine to help with food absorption, about 5 gallons of fluid is dumped into the large intestine each day.

Methods for cleansing and helping the large intestine recover

  • Use suggestions provided in the Common Sense Guide to Staying Constipation Free
    Have an enema or colonic Drink more water, your large intestine needs moisture.
  • Eat adequate amounts of fiber.
  • If you have been eating a lot of trans fatty foods (e.g. greasy foods and foods prepared with hydrogenated oil), enjoy essential fatty acids like the ones found in cold water fish, nuts and seeds to help cool down the gastrointestinal tract. Essential fats can help the gastrointestinal tract eliminate proinflammatory substances so that they are not directed to the skin where they can trigger acne.

Lungs (bronchi)

The lungs take a gas that your body needs to get rid of (carbon dioxide) and exchanges it for a gas that your body can use (oxygen). Bronchi are the main air tubes going to the right and left of the lungs.

Methods for cleansing and helping the lungs recover

  • Use the exercises listed in the Calmation section.
  • Go into the fresh air and take some deep, relaxing breaths.
    Note if your normal breathing is shallow, make a conscious effort to breath deeper so that your lungs can get all of the oxygen they need.
  • If you smoke, try to reduce the number of cigarettes that you smoke. If you are around a smoke-filled environment, distance yourself from the smokers and make certain to air out your house or apartment often. (It takes a long time and a lot of air to deodorized a smoke filled home).Drink as much natural lemon juice as possible, this helps remove excess mucus from the lungs so that they can better exchange gases.
    If you are constantly sleeping on the side of your face, try to sleep face up, or change your pillowcases more often. Your face needs air too.

Pancreas

This organ secretes digestive enzymes and hormones. It is beneath the stomach and is connected to the small intestine at the duodenum. The pancreas contains enzymeproducing cells that secrete two hormones- insulin and glucagon. Insulin and glucagon are secreted directly into the bloodstream, and together, they regulate the level of glucose in the blood.

Insulin lowers the blood sugar level and increases the amount of glycogen (stored carbohydrate) in the liver. Glucagon slowly increases the blood sugar level if it falls too low. Diabetes occurs if the insulin secreting cells do not work properly. The pancreas also helps neutralize chyme (a thick semi- fluid mass of partly digested food that is passed from the stomach to the duodenum) and helps break down proteins, fats and starches. If the pancreas is not working properly to neutralize chime, and break down proteins, fats and starch, starvation may occur.

Methods for cleansing and helping the pancreas recover

  • Eat less sugar products and simple carbohydrates for the next few days. Ease consumption of protein because this makes the pancreas work more.
  • Consume smaller portions more often during the day. Eating small amounts every 1-2 hours may be beneficial.
  • Eat foods that contain chromium to help balance your sugar levels.
  • Try to avoid drinking liquids with your meals. It is best to drink fluids 45- 60 minutes before or after meals. (Personally, I tried skipping drinks at meals and it didn’t work for me; it’s still in the book because it may work for you.)
  • Avoid spicy foods while trying bland foods, which may be better tolerated. Foods that are cold or warm may be easier to digest than hot foods.

Sex Organs (Female)

These organs determine a person’s physical sex. They account for the greatest anatomical difference between the sexes.

Methods for cleansing and helping the female sex organs recover

  • Pre-menstrual acne typically shows up in this area. Ensure that you are getting your essential fatty acids in the correct proportions (refer to the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) section for more information).
  • Consume the correct amount of B vitamins (refer to the Vitamin B section for more information). Also make sure that you are taking steps to moderate your blood sugar level. (Read more on this in the Blood Sugar section of this book).

Sex Organs (Male)

These organs determine a person’s physical sex. They account for the greatest anatomical difference between the sexes.

Methods for cleansing and helping the male sex organs recover

  • Make sure that you are taking steps to moderate your blood sugar level. (Read more on this in the Blood Sugar section of this book).
  • To help reduce hormonal reactions that trigger acne, ensure that you are consuming enough zinc (read the Zinc section for suggested foods).

Bladder

This is a muscle shaped like a balloon. When the bladder stores urine, the muscle relaxes. While urinating, the bladder muscle tightens to squeeze urine out of the bladder.

Two sphincter muscles surround a tube called the urethra. Urine leaves your body through the urethra. The sphincters keep the urethra closed by squeezing like rubber bands. The pelvic floor muscles beneath the bladder also help keep the urethra closed.

Nerves in the bladder signal the brain once the bladder is full. That’s when you get the urge to go to the restroom.

When you are ready to urinate, the brain tells the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles to relax-allowing urine to pass through the urethra. The brain signal also tells the bladder to tighten up which squeezes urine out of the bladder.

Methods for cleansing and helping the bladder recover

  • Be careful of the medications you use (Only stop taking prescriptions under the advice of your physician).
  • Medicines that treat high blood pressure may make the sphincter muscles too tight or too loose. Medicines to treat colds can have a similar effect.
  • Diuretics take fluid from swollen areas of your body and send it to the bladder. This could cause the bladder to leak because it fills more quickly than usual.
  • Caffeine drinks like coffee and cola have the same effect. Some foods like chocolate can also cause bladder problems.
  • The key here is to moderate your use of diuretics. Drink pomegranate juice and/or eat celery (juice).