There are some alternative herbs that I've seen suggested frequently as a way to treat acne. The most common ones are burdock, yellow dock, dandelion root, and red clover. These herbs work to purify the bloodstream of toxins by improving liver function. The theory is that when the liver becomes congested or sluggish, toxins are not filtered out of the body but instead get into the bloodstream which can show up as a skin problem like acne.
Burdock is an herb that boosts immunity and purifies the blood. It's a traditional liver tonic and a mild, natural diuretic. Burdock's laxative and diuretic properties help remove toxins from the system. The Chinese report that it works against tumors, inflammation, fungal and bacterial infections. It is often recommended for dry, scaly skin. You can take burdock in capsule form (follow the directions) or make a acne fighting tea. Steep a teaspoon of burdock in one cup of boiling water. Drink 1 to 3 cups a day for 1 to 2 weeks before your period if acne is related to your menstrual cycle. Continue for 3 months to 1 year, until the symptoms subside. This suggestion comes from herbalist Amanda McQuade. Or you can use a burdock tincture for acne. Use a total of one teaspoon of the tincture diluted in 8 ounces of water 3 times a day. It may take 3 months to 1 year to make a permanent improvement.
Yellow dock is another herb that purifies the blood. It has compounds called anthraquinone glycosides that stimulate bile production, aiding digestion and nudging a sluggish liver. Some herbalists believe that chronic skin problems like acne improve with long-term use of yellow dock. Don't take yellow dock if you have kidney stones. Amanda McQuade also suggests using yellow dock tea for healthy skin. Like burdock, steep one teaspoon in one cup of boiling water. Or take 1/3 teaspoon of tincture in 8 ounces of water 3 times a day. It may take 3 months to 1 year to notice improvement.
Dandelion is a leading remedy for an ailing liver. It stimulates the flow of bile, a fluid that aids fat digestion, which is why it's used for liver and gallbladder disorders. Dandelion has scientifically documented potent diuretic properties. It relieves constipation and eases bloating and swelling. I've seen it recommended that dandelion should be used for 4 to 6 weeks at a time. For it's liver benefits dandelion is supposedly helpful for acne.
Red clover is an herb suggested for chronic conditions affecting the skin. It is a diuretic, but it's unknown exactly how it works for skin conditions. Use nonfermented red clover which is safe. Red clover contains a substance called genistein, which has anticancer properties.
I put this theory of a congested liver being a cause for acne to the test. I took dandelion, yellow dock, and burdock root at the same time for 5 months. I took 6 capsules of each herb a day. My acne didn't decrease at all. I spent a lot of money and got no results. After reading message boards, I can't remenber anyone having any significant improvement in their acne after taking these herbs. They just seem to work so slow in doing anything for the skin, and taking it for a up to 1 year in the hopes that it might help is too long to wait in my opinion. If you want to try these herbs you shouldn't have any trouble finding them. They're sold wherever herbs are sold. They can also be found online at supplement sites like www.puritan.com and www.hcbl.com.
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