When I explained once to a patient the function of the liver she
leaned back and sighed, T’d rather pilot Concorde without any flying lessons than be a liver. An astute observation. The dune tions of the liver are so vital that they can be likened to the activity of chlorophyll in plants. The liver is crucial biologically and is involved in one way or another, in all the body’s physiological processes. It is responsible for the secretion of bile, the formation of blood, metabolic processes, detoxification and the production of heat. The good news is that it has an amazing capacity to regenerate itself. The bad news is that it can be damaged for a long time before its great functional reserves are pushed so hard that its deterioration is detected. This is one area in which iridology comes into its own, in evaluating the exact degree of liver degeneration, and sadly most modern livers are run down and in need of help simply because they have to handle such huge burdens of chemicals and other noxious wastes including alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, allopathic drugs, radiation, air pollution and imitation food. Livers don’t react too well to emotional distress cither. It upsets their metabolic function.
The simplest way of decongesting the liver is to drink dandelion coffee made from dandelion root and nothing else . Dandelion root is an exceptional hepatic and acts on the kidneys to. The leaves work in the same way but less effectively.
HOW TO DO A LIVER CLEANSE
Spring is a singularly appropriate time to do a liver cleanse, after a winter of heavy body-warming foods and not enough exercise. Ensure that your diet is light in protein (not more than 1 oz/30g
daily) and rich in raw foods and whole grains and seeds. On rising mix 4 tablespoons olive oil with 8 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice and 3 crushed cloves of garlic. Save the pips from the fruit. Wallop this cocktail back quickly. It is not as horrendous as it sounds. Sip a small glass of fresh orange juice while you prepare a decoction fennel, liquor ice and aniseed tea, the herbs to be mixed in equal parts. Drink this sweetened if you prefer. Then chew the lemon or orange pips that you have saved for at least quarter of an hour before swallowing them. Their bitter essence will stimulate the
liver. Do not eat any breakfast. If you are going to work or want to be sociable, chew a clove. It will help to mask the odour of garlic. At mid-morning eat any fresh fruit of your choice. Do this every day for two weeks and on the seventh day of each
week apply a castor oil poultice (see Chapter 6) to the liver before midday and leave it on for 1½ hours. If you can, fast on carrot juice and beetroot juice on this day and take a chicory enema (see Chapter 6), using a decoction of the root, morning and evening. Your faces may produce a bit of green coloring during this cleanse. If you get constipated raise the amount of garlic and liquor ice. If you have high blood pressure omit the liquorish altogether. If you get diarrhea also omit the liquor ice, and your mid-morning snack should be millet porridge well laced with powdered cinnamon and sweetened with honey.
A DIET FOR THE LIVER
Avoid all processed, fried and fatty foods including all dairy products. Ensure that you have plenty of vitamins A and D and calcium to assist the liver to maintain healthy internal mucosa. Take alcohol in moderation, and preferably take none at all if the liver is badly in need of regeneration. Eat plenty of anything from the onion family daily and add 2 tablespoons of lecithin granules to your diet daily.
Liver maintenance tea
parts dandelion root 2 parts agrimony leaves
parts meadow-sweet I part wild yam root
part ginger 1 part gentian
Drink one wine glass full of this decoction before every meal.
The skin is your third kidney. Its hundreds of thousands of sweat glands both regulate the body’s temperature, and act as miniature kidneys working to detoxify organs and deate the blood Indeed, the constituents of sweat are almost the same as the urine. When the skin is not functioning properly its pores hecoe choked up with vast numbers of dead cells, and uric acid and other waste gets trapped in the body, forcing the liver and kidneys to work doubly hard. Inevitably there will come a time when they can’t stand the strain and start to break down and dump persons and waste into the tissues.
Each of us should shed a pound of waste products daily through the skin but most of us manage only a few ounces. Yet the skin is the body’s biggest eliminative organ and when it is working well it throws out one third of the body’s waste. Certain nutrients can be absorbed through the skin, for example nutrients in sea-water and sea-air, and of course we manufacture our own vitamin D when the skin is exposed to a reasonable degree of sunshine. Heat on the skin also activates the lymphatic and blood circulation, encouraging a good flushing out of sweat from the lymph nodes.
HOW TO HELP YOUR SKIN
1. Take regular exercise involving profuse sweating. The sweat you excrete from exercise contains far more toxic waste the sweat you flush out in a Turkish bath or sauna (but these do help too, so don’t neglect them – though neither treatment should be taken if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant). 2. Wear only natural fabrics next to the skin. Synthetics suffo
cate it. The healthiest fabric is cotton; failing that, your clothes should be of linen, silk or wool. The palms of the hands and soles of the feet are particularly richly endowed with sweat glands so don’t suffocate these areas with nylon socks and non-leather shoes. Hands and feet respond particularly well to hand- and foot-baths using sweat-promoting herbs like mud tard, cayenne, catnip, yarrow or lemon balm . I Don’t approve of the routine use of soap all over the body, but I have no objection (as some people have) to its use on sweaty or exposed parts. Choose an organic not a detergent soap. Molo and Weleda make good ones. A good alternative for cleansing the skin is soapwort. A decoction of the root yields
lot of mucilage which looks like soapy water and cleanses skin very effectively. Fumitory and marshmallow are alternative herbal soaps but are not quite as effective. . Don’t put anything on the skin you are not prepared to put in your mouth. Remember the skin is a two-way street: it flushes outwards and ingests inwards. A few drops of essential oil mixed in a carrier base of almond oil and added to bath water will act therapeutically on the skin as well as moisturizing it.
Do not use mineral oil (sometimes sold as baby oil) or
products containing it (as most commercial cleansing creams
Don’t use deodorants. If you smell it is because your body is offloading some particularly foul-smelling poisons and you need to look to the inside not the outside to remedy the problem. I am beginning to notice, when I do an iridology test, how many women’s skins are chronically blocked under the armpits because they have been stopping the natural sweating in these areas either completely with antiperspirants or partially with deodorants. Both destroy the skin’s natural bacteria and upset its delicate protective pH balance. I no longer have need of deodorants. Washing twice a day should keep you smelling sweet. If you haven’t reached
this happy stage yet the simple solution is to wash more often. Don’t wash your clothes with detergents with added enzymes. In some people the body’s defence mechanisms respond to enzymes by launching an assault as if it were attacking an infection. Days, months or even years later you may, if you are one of these people, develop a skin irritation.
The only powder designed for a low-temperature wash which does not contain enzymes is Hit Cool Wash manufactured by Camille Simon Limited and currently sold at Waitrose. Surf, Daz and Co-op automatic don’t contain enzymes but are not specifically designed for the cool wash. It is better, all in all, to use natural soap to wash your clothes rather than a detergent, though admittedly this isn’t making the best use of your shiny automatic washing machine which is designed to use a lowsud detergent. Help the skin to eliminate by dry brushing daily .
DRY SKIN BRUSHING
The benefits of dry skin brushing can be listed as follows T. It removes the dead layers of skin and other Writings,
allowing the pores to eliminate without obstruction 2. It stimulates circulation, so that the blood nourishing thi organs of the body which lie near the surface reaches them
It increases the eliminative capacity of the skin. 4. It stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands. 5. By stimulating the nerve endings in the skin it has a power ful rejuvenating effect on the nervous system and for this
reason is particularly beneficial for anyone feeling sloathful or depressed 6. It is a good way to stop a cold dead in its tracks when used in combination with a hot/cold shower as described later in the next post
It is an excellent way of removing cellulite. Five minutes of energetic skin scrubbing is the equivalent of twenty-five minutes of jogging or any other physical exercise as far as body tone is concerned. Obviously skin brushing does not have any aerobic effect on the body (i.c. it does not directly influence the
heart by exercising it). 8. It is an extremely effective technique for stimulating the expulsion of any fresh lymphatic mucus and clearing hard need or impacted lymph nodes. When it is coupled with a colon cleanse lymph mucus in the stool, jelly like and ranging in color from practically clear through honey to dark brown.
It helps to prevent premature ageing and induces a wonderful sense of well-being. Many of my patients complain about a lot of the things I ask them to do but I have never yet encountered one who has complained about skin scrubbing. Once they get used to it they love it!
If you want to convince yourself just how effective dry skin brushing is, brush for the first time in bright sunlight and watch all those dead skin cells flying off all around you. Then take a piece of linen, dunk it in hot water and wring it out. Rubit all over your newly brushed skin and hang it out to dry. Smell it several hours later and it will smell odd. Repeat the experiment with the
same piece of linen for a few consecutive days and the reek that comes from it will surely convince you just how much dead waste is loosened by skin brushing
HOW TO SKIN-BRUSH
Begin by buying a natural bristle brush with a long handle. They are not easy to come by; Import for my patients brushes made of Mexican Tampico fibre which does not gouge and scratch the skin. Avoid brushes made with nylon or synthetic fibre. Normal
loofahs will not do either. (It takes twenty to thirty minutes of
loofah scrubbing daily to get the effect you can achieve with just
five minutes of skin scrubbing.)
Your body should be dry. Begin with the soles of your feet. Vigorously pass the dry brush over the whole of the skin except the face and genital area. You may need to avoid the nipples too if they are sensitive. Use clean, sweeping strokes, not rotary, scrub bing or back-and-forth motions. Generally, strokes below the heart should be upwards and those above downwards. Brush across the top of the shoulders and upper back for better skin contact, but if you can get someone else to do it for you they can brush from the top of the shoulders downwards towards the shoulder blades. Then they can move the brush upwards across the buttocks to meet at the shoulder blades. Pay particular attention to the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands, which are packed with nerve endings and particularly benefit from dry skin brushing
Begin with light pressure until your skin gets used to it, then gradually as the days go by increase the pressure and the number of brush strokes over one area to a maximum of five. Brush until your skin is rosy and glowing. That is the sign to stop. When you start, brush at least once daily. The minimum should be a five-minute brush. You can also skin-scrub at night but not too near bedtime or you won’t sleep.
Brush every day for three months, then brush only three or four days weekly and keep juggling these days around. So one week it may be Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the next week you may choose Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, for example. The idea is to surprise your skin. Skin brushing is subject, as is the use of herbs, to homocostatic resistance that is, your skin will get used to it and stop responding so well.
Never brush skin that is irritated, damaged or infected.com pound it. Do not allow the rest of your family to share your brush for obvious hygienic reasons. You can also brush the scalp to stimulate hair growth and pe
rid of dandruff and other impurities. Do this working from your
forehead backwards to the nape of your neck. If your hair is very long you may find it easier to massage the scalp with the flat of the fingertips, but make sure that you use an action which actually moves the scalp skin, rather than a shampooing action, Ideally, after a brush, you should remove the debris you have stirred up by showering. Stand in a hot shower for three minutes followed by a cold one for twenty seconds. Revert to a hot shower and then the cold, extending the time of the latter. Always move the shower head from your feet upwards, never the other way around. Finish by holding the shower over the medulla oblon gata, that little organ tucked into the base of the brain which acts as a breathing pacemaker, sending out regular messages to the muscles of the chest and diaphram telling them to squeeze and relax their grip. You will find it behind a dent where the base of the skull curves inwards to meet the neck. Hold the shower here, letting it run down forcefully over your spine. When you start breathing hard it means that the medulla oblongata is thoroughly stimulated and your body has had enough. The hot-cold shower technique will alkalinize the blood and clear the head, and has a very beneficial effect on the vital functions of the body, particu. larly on the glandular system. If you haven’t got time for a shower, rub yourself briefly all over, covering every area with a piece of wet linen wrung out.
Wash your brush in warm water, using a natural soap, once fortnightly. Rinse it well under cool running water, then shake (don’t towel) it dry, and leave it in the airing cupboard to dry out completely.
HERBS TO HELP THE SKIN
The herbs which help the skin are those which purify and build the blood and support the kidneys. Fenugreek is particularly effective as far as skin cleansing is concerned. Drink six wine glasses of the tea daily and expect to smell slightly curryfied as it works its way through the skin. Diaphoretics (preparations for inducing sweat) can be used, but only with discrimination and
caution as they are inappropriate for many conditions. A gentle diaphoretic tea can be made with catnip or lemon balm. More powerful diaphoretics like elderflower, yarrow, peppermint, cayenne, ginger root, boneset, hyssop, pleurisy root, blessed thistle, and mustard are useful for sweating out illnesses like serious colds or fevers. Read the sections on poultices, formentations and water treatments as all these act directly on the skin to
stimulate and heal it. Remember that skin problems are almost
always the outer reflection of internal problems so do not treat
them in isolation without considering the other eliminative channels.