Our products have been used alongside alternative medicines by Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Daniel Maxwell. He used our products to compliment his treatments, and told us why:
“As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I have found Bria Organic Balm to be an excellent topical application for the treatment of dry, inflammatory skin conditions, particularly eczema, and particularly amongst children. Its virtues as I understand them are as follows:
- It is moisturising without suffocating the skin. This is therapeutically important because not all dry skin conditions are due to actual dryness. According to Chinese medicine the reasons why skin can become dry, itchy and inflamed vary greatly. For example eczema in young children is frequently due to fluids becoming blocked under the skin (‘dampness’ in Chinese medicine terminology); this prevents the blood from properly nourishing the skin, and thus causes the heat, itching, dryness and redness that characterises eczema. Bria Organic Balm can be applied to this type of skin problem to keep the skin supple and prevent further dryness, without preventing the skin from breathing (thus keeping the heat and redness in and the fluids stuck).
- It provides an alternative to the mineral oil products that currently make up the bulk of current conventional topical medical treatments. These paraffin-based products are ubiquitous, and come in many forms. And whilst they can certainly be less allergenic than some of the ‘natural’ products on the market, in many people they seem to actually aggravate dryness. A patient I recently treated had extremely painful, dry, cracked fingers, and only needed to withdraw from the mineral oil products and steroid creams he had been using for the previous few years – in conjunction with Bria Organic Balm application – and his hands began to heal up.
- It helps to prevent infection. In many cases of eczema, the continuous cracking of the skin easily causes opportunistic infection by the bacteria that tend to colonise the skin of certain people. The chickweed in Bria Organic Balm seems to help prevent such opportunistic infections.
- It reduces inflammation. If Bria Organic Balm is used in conjunction with therapy that addresses the root cause of the condition (often internal, which is why many skin conditions will not resolve with topical application alone), it can be used as an alternative to topical steroid creams. Obviously with severe skin conditions it is unwise to immediately withdraw from steroid creams without proper supervision, and such conditions usually need appropriate internal treatment from a skilled practitioner).
In my opinion Bria Organic Balm is one of the best topical applications on the market, and I thoroughly recommend it for people with dry, inflammatory skin conditions.”
Daniel Maxwell M.A. (Cantab), M.Sc., Lic.Ac., MBAcC, MRCHM
Practitioner of Chinese Medicine
London Acupuncture Clinic, 126 Harley Street, London W1G 7JS
Editor of The Journal of Chinese Medicine