Diatomaceous Earth Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 08, 2014

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is your opportunity to turn fossils into medicine. How cool is that? DE is the fossilized remains of diatoms--marine algae that leave behind exoskeletons made up of silica. Effectively, diatomaceous earth isn't too different from sand, but the health benefits and overall usefulness of diatomaceous earth are much greater.

Diatomaceous earth is perhaps most famous as a natural insecticide that is safe for use environmentally as well as in direct application on pets and people as well. DE dehydrates insects, killing them and their larvae. This has made it an effective alternative as a anti-flea remedy for many pet owners. It's good for mites as well, and in both cases it can be sparing dusted on your pet to kill off and control the insects. In the same way, it can be used internally to kill intestinal parasites.

CAUTION: Be certain to purchase Food Grade diatomaceous earth, as the sort of DE sold for use in pools can be very unsafe for health uses.


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Caution: Food Grade   0  0   

Posted by Ben (Sacramento, Ca) on 12/02/2011

I sell DE for a living and can tell you that in it's dry form it is EXTREMELY hazardous long term as it is chemically inert and you can not eliminate it from your body if you inhale it. It is perfectly safe when wet and can not poison you in any way unless you (or your pet) swallow massive amounts which will bind together in the presence of muriatic acid, also known as stomach acid and create a very strong "mud."

Posted by Drema
Charleston, Wv Usa
03/08/2013
If a person is allergic to shellfish could this be a problem too?
Posted by Q
Houston, Tx
05/14/2013
No, having a shellfish allergy won't be a problem with DE. I've taken it many times and I'm extremely allergic to shellfish.

Posted by Deborah (Prattville, Al) on 11/21/2011

D.E. is NOT GLASS! Diatoms are actually made up of mostly calcium and other minerals and are the food grade is safe for humans and animals internally as well as externally.

Posted by Georgia (Toronto, Canada) on 05/15/2010

diatomaceous earth - I found this in the form at a garden nursery ( so the label said) as silicon dioxide...it was in powder form...do you know if in this form it's supposed to be harmful in inhaled??

EC: People on the site report taking Food Grade or Medical Grade Diatomaceous Earth, which is different from the kind found in nurseries and pool supply stores.

Re: safety hazards, please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth#Safety_considerations

Posted by IVORY COAST (CYBER CITY, CALIFORNIA) on 07/05/2009

Do you realize that diatomacious earth is glass? the algae in the ocean make this glass as part of their body. they die and people collect this diatomaceous earth from the bottom of the ocean. it has a cutting action -- just like glass. thus you could cut a hole in the eardrum with this or your intestines. i would not drink this nor put it in the ear.

Posted by Diane
Ca, US
07/16/2014
4 Posts
I don't think cutting is a problem with diatomaceous earth; if you feel it with your hands it is very smooth.

Silica, which is what DM is mostly, (it is not glass, though a large percentage of glass and don't forget 3000 degrees) is not good to inhale, silicosis is a problem with working with clay also which has a lot of silica so best to take care when working with the dry, like using for insect control, even mixing with water.

It does cut insects bodies and parasites. Silica is important to the body.

Food grade has been used in food and animal foods for a long time, so I don't think there is a worry.

Posted by Pamela (Houston, Texas) on 12/28/2008

I forgot to mention that I used FOOD Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It is real important to use food grade DE and not commerical DE.

Posted by Helpyourself
Texas, Usa
01/20/2014
30 Posts
What is the brand name and where in Houston can I buy it? Thanks!
Posted by Jenny
Il
01/21/2014
I use earthworks health food grade
Posted by Tg
Al
01/22/2014
Go to your local animal supply store/farm supply company. Look in the area that deals with flies and other bugs---I see it in huge (50 lb) bags for $15 at my local Tractor Supply. The label will say food grade. It is used in grain stocks to keep weevils from developing in feed corn, black oil sunflower, dog/chicken/other kinds of feed. They are very helpful and will gladly show it to you if you ask. This kind of store is everywhere--esp since people are having chickens in the city.
Posted by Suzan
Houston, TX
08/07/2014
Be careful with diatomaceous earth. Many companies claim to sell food grade de, but it's really not. Yeah, why give something to your dog that you are recommended not to take??

The Wabash Feed Store in Houston sells it. I have been shopping here over 20 years, and they are knowledgeable.

Posted by Amazon Thyrteen (Fresno, CA, USA) on 11/09/2008

First of all I want to say "NEVER" try anything on your pets you won't try on yourself. I won't give anything to my pets that I wouldn't take myself. The best rule of thumb is use human grade (whatever)you're using on your pets! I've noticed a lot of comments on Diatomaceous Earth. I would like to say that the only grade that is good for animals is the same grade that humans use, Freshwater, food-grade DE. If it doesn't state on the package that it is certified, food grade then you don't want to give it to your pets, period! I also noticed that on this site someone mentioned the use of "Neem Oil" it is a really good oil to use that is 100% natural. If anyone is interested in finding out more about Neem Oil go to, www.organixsouth.com or call 1-888-989-Neem(6336). This oil is good for human use also for dry skin and scalp treatments. The one that I use is Thera Neem ,skin soothing 100% pure cold pressed. I'm one of their customers and have no affiliation with this company and I'm not getting anything for this endorsement, this is just great stuff!

Posted by Marsha (Wichita Falls , TX) on 10/24/2008

[WARNING!]  FYI! I lost a beautiful German Shepherd and the sweetest kitty because they ingested pool grade diatomaceous earth. Keep it away from your beloved pets!

Posted by Lorie
Richmond, Va
05/06/2012
Yes the stuff for pools is hazardous. But the Food Grade DE is 100% safe! It is put in grain to keep bugs out. It is fed to livestock and it is 100% safe flea powder for pets.

Posted by Missy (Toronto, Ontario) on 09/28/2008

[WARNING!]  Pool filter grade diatomaceous earth has been heat and chemically treated and will poison an animal or human who ingests it, so it is always of utmost importance to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth to use in and around your household.

Quote from: Wolf Creek Ranch web site: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html

Posted by Valeria (Athens, GA) on 04/17/2007

[WARNING!]  I have been reading all of the suggestions and am planning to try some. I don't have a question or remedy to offer, but felt I must let you know about a dangerous option.

I've used Diatomacious Earth for years, I even used it to get rid of a horrific flea infestation in my asthmatic boyfriends house with no bad effects. It works against all insects and parasites. The IMPORTANT thing to note is that POOL GRADE D.E. IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND CAN CAUSE SILICOSIS (scarring of the lungs similar to asbestos poisoning) The only safe D.E. to use is natural pulvarized or ground D.E. that can be found in plant nurseries and food storage shops. This D.E. has NOT been superheated, a process which creates fine threads of silocone glass which makes it a better filtering product, but makes it dangerous to handle or breath. Flour grade D.E. is meant to be used in graineries as a bug and egg deterrant is fine enough to mix with flour. The Regular D.E. can be spread on carpets, or the cracks between wooden floors. Plan on not vacuuming for a while(like a week) in order to allow the D.E. to cut up and dry up the little buggers, and be prepared for a little dust to be produced for a short while as you walk on it. I've even heard of it being used a a coat powder and mixed in feed (for horses, cats,and dogs) but I've never tried that personally. I sprinked it in the carpets and brushed it in with the broom and let it sit for couple of weeks, them vacuumed and reapplied. This with Advantage treatment took care of all the fleas and there were none for the rest of the year.

Well I'm off to try an ear mite treatment on my new cat. Thanks for all the suggestions!

Accidental Diatomaceous Earth Inhalation   0  0   

Posted by Breanna (Sedalia,mo) on 03/07/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello! We were told to use diatomaceous earth in our house to rid it of fleas. I took precautions by wearing a mask when I put it all over our house, which is 4000 sq ft. I left it there for 3-4 days. During that time my 2 year old was running and playing all over the house and moved around all of the particles in the air. Well after that she started coughing and 7 months later she has been diagnosed with asthma. She was fine before this exposure. My concern is that she got this from inhaling all of that in our house. She is too young to have tests to check her lungs and her function but my concern is that she could have serious lung problems and have read that this can lead to tuberculous, cancer, and death. Do you know how serious this is? How many cases has there been. What can I do to help her! ? Thanks

Posted by Taram7
Cincinnati
03/07/2014
10 Posts
From what I know, its not harmful if its small amounts and given time to clear out of the lungs... its the silica particles... but my question would be was it the Organic Food Grade DE or the hardware store kind? The first thing I would do is visit the place you bought it and write down all the ingredients. If they are not listed then you can contact the manufacturer- for stabilizers or anti-caking agents, etc. But asthma is inflammation- so anti-inflammatory herbs and foods would help and avoiding inflammatory foods. A quick internet search can pull these up for you. There are plenty of natural treatments for asthma. I am not a doctor, but my daughter had sports induced asthma for a while and it can flare up as side-effects of other things. But it its been 7 months at least and it was organic food grade DE and just minimal from breathing- I have always heard the lungs will clear it out with a good immune system and no side-effects.
Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
03/08/2014
1229 Posts
Taram7: The asthma reaction is the lungs inability to properly remove the silica, which ends in an inflammatory response.

To hasten the removal of this particulate, use purified water in either a vaporizer or nebulizer. Three herbs which will help the lungs are Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, and Mullein. You may find an herbal lung formula at the health food store w/ these three as well as others. Read label for directions.

As these remedies begin clearing the lungs, there may be some silica build up in the colon, so sprinkle Milled Flax Seed in the child's food to final eliminate the silica. Speaking of Flax, you will need to increase the dietary Omega 3 Fatty Acids w/ cold water fish like Salmon, Mackerel, or Sardines. These greatly reduce inflammation and promote healing.

When you seem to have succeeded in this endeavor, you may consider giving one cap of Raw Lung Glandular so as to heal any possible lung damage.

Posted by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
03/08/2014
637 Posts
Dear Breanna,

Well, I am so sorry your daughter was left with asthma from the DE and also sorry you have gotten such dire predictions about her future health. I won't at all minimize the asthma issue (we have dealt with this in two of our children) however, the human body can generally deal with a lot of assaults to it and still live on well for a long time. (Not that we should assault it on purpose, but it is inevitable in this world, no matter how careful we are.) My father is in his 80's. He has some health issues and has asthma, likely caused by decades of smoking and some dangerous chemical exposure to his lungs as a young person. Yet he has led a long and very productive life.

Is your daughter needing medication to keep her asthma under control? Is this hindering her play of her sleep?

Tim's advice about herbs and pure water in a vaporizer or nebulizer are great.

Heritage Essential Oils makes a blend called, "Lung Healing" that we found very helpful for our daughter. We used it for months in an essential oil nebulizer while she slept for months and it kept her from wheezing or coughing.

Please keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~

Acne   1  0   

Posted by Natcat86 (Gaithersburg, Maryland, Usa) on 08/16/2011

[YEA]  I had really bad acne all over my face and neck with the random appearance on my chest, back, or shoulders constantly for 14 years (starting at puberty), and as time went on it only got worse (so it wasn't caused by changes in hormones as I was led to believe). I stumbled upon some information on Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and became intrigued because of its many proported benefits (I recommend looking it up). It is relatively unknown, and only sold for pest control and consumption by animals, (but you can buy food grade DE online) but since it is used to mechanically kill bugs in grain silos and just about every person who has ever eaten grain which was stored in a silo has eaten DE, I figured it would be safe and I would try it. DE is the fossilized shells of a type of algae called Diatoms. Their shells are extremely hard and very sharp (but yet not dangerous to your cells) and they mechanically scrub the walls of your intestines, scraping away any build-up. Some DE passes through the intestinal walls and into the bloodstream and while it is there it scrapes plaque buildup away from the walls of veins and arteries. It basicly acts like a plumber in your body.

I found that most cases of acne are caused by toxins entering the blood stream through the digestive system (some degree of leaky gut), not by a problem with the skin itself. It is your body attempting to expel the toxins from your blood. When you expel the toxins which originate in your digestive tract through the digestive system, they don't have the opportunity to make it into your blood stream and thus cause acne by pushing through your skin. So... I began adding 1tsp DE to water every day for a week, then increased it to 1tbsp gradually after that and drank it daily for 2 months. I noticed a difference my skin within a day. By the time 2 months was up I no longer had acne. I had to stop consuming it for a little while after that because I slightly threw my body off balance (my skin became a little dry). After a month off, I started consuming it again in moderation and have been ever since. I have been able to consistently keep the acne away as long as I continue to consume it at least a couple of times a week. I highly reccomend it because it is very effective and it gets to the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. I now have had only a few pimples (instead of many hundreds) within the last 9 months, and I know that in time I will get them to go away completely.

Posted by Rae
Oregon, US
05/27/2014
Thank you for the testimonial! I don't and won't use harsh chemicals to treat my acne and lately it hasn't seemed to go away! I've used DE for a few years on my pets and had no idea that it had such powerful internal scrubbing effects! So excited to start consuming DE today! Thank you!!!

Bad Breath   1  0   

Posted by Jenny (Winchester, England) on 08/04/2011

[YEA]  For bad breath, I take a level desertspoon of diatamaceous earth once per day in a drink, works a treat

Candida and Parasites   1  0   

Posted by Rad_city (Brea, Ca) on 02/11/2013

[YEA]  I have never written on a forum or posted about my health but feel compelled to do so about Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) because I feel it will help a lot of people. (in particular, people with distended bellies, fungal overgrowth, clogged sinuses, mild allergies, food allergies, bad digestion, bad skin, low energy)

* BACKGROUND *
I have suffered from asthma all my life. Since a little child. And i've had a slightly distended belly (I am tall, thin, and not an ounce of fat on me! ) since I was a child. I had strep throat a lot as a kid and would take antibiotics (I now think I probably was allergic to some food, or had parasites, and antibiotics just slowly eroded my gut)

I smoked and drank casually in my 20s, and by my 27th birthday I had sinus infections a couple times a year, but then, things got worse. Tonsils were getting infected, horrible sore throats, fungus on nails, and gradual weight loss. I took more broad-spectrum antibitoics and got a yeast infection. Had to stop.

I developed a weird rash on both legs (on the shins) of tiny red dots. Tried using topical anti-fungal cream. Then turned to tea tree oil, fasted (which encouraged some die-off symptoms), pro-biotics, and then found colloidal silver (which also helped to kill off something in my body, but not totally).

I was coughing up white balls of phglem, bad digestion & constipation/diarrhea. Also have had horrible and chronic localized lower back pain on the right side, to the point where I haven't been able to walk, or bend over. I tried acupuncture, chiropractors, and tons of herbal supplements. I have tried mixing DMSO in a nebulizer and inhaling that, I've taked food-grade H2O2 in water (and inhaled). (If you choose to try these treatments please do a significant amount of research. They are safe but, like most effective treatments, can be harmful if you're not mindful)

I believe all of the above treatments are components of a well-rounded wholistic health system. I have learned so much in trying all of them, and now have an arsenal of alternative health options for the future. Many of them I learned about on THIS SITE! BUT, if you are suffering from a candidia overgrowth and/or parasites, then I believe D.E. is the first offense to clear you out so other things can help to make you healthy.

* TAKING D.E. *
I began taking two giant spoonfuls of D.E. In water twice a day. Within hours I felt a headache. Within days I had full blown flu symptons. Achey body. Feverish. Sinuses in absolute pain. SOMETHING WAS/IS DYING OFF. What's really interesting is that I went through many of the symptoms of my past battles in reverse. I felt my tonsils get inflamed, and sore, for a couple days, then that subsided as the back of my throat was sore, then it moved down into my vocal chords (which as been a source of pain in the past as well), then into my lungs (where I've had horrible bouts of gurgly, phlegm filled coughing-having to use an inhaler many times a night).

I woke up on the 4th day with my tounge COVERED in white. It scraped right off with a toothbrush. I applied the D.E. as a paste to my face, shoulders, legs, and let it dry to white. And it has cleared my legs of the red-dot rash. It is making my pores on my face smaller. It seems to be very powerful in drawing toxins out of the skin. I'm on day 9 and still feel a bit loopy. My distended belly is going down. My gums, which once had dark rings where they met my teeth, now are healing. I've had back pains, then nothing (possible I had some overgrowth in my joints, or taking up residence in my lower back?), i'm having a strange pain in my knee that I think will go away.

I plan on taking D.E. for a year. I think I have a long way to go to help my body find balance. But D.E. seems like an incredible gift. I have been expelling phlegm out of sinuses and lungs for past 3 days. Thick gunk. It is incredible.

* DON'T GIVE UP *

So, I will say to you who are searching for good health: Don't give up! Trust your intuition. Keep moving and experimenting. You can't hurt yourself by trying alternative health methods any more than a Dr. Can hurt you by prescribing harsh synthetic drugs that you might be harming you. Most people don't need antibiotics. They are good for extreme conditions. But most symptoms are caused by bad diet (i am now mostly vegan - has also helped clear my lungs, skin, etc. Highly recommended!) and lifestyle. I do believe that we live in a toxic world, full of pollution, but I believe nothing is more harmful to our bodies than the american diet and lifestyle (processed sugar, processed grains, alcohol, caffeine, etc).

I don't believe people are supposed to have mild allergies, stuffy sinuses, low energy, bad skin, etc. These are all signs from your body that something is wrong internally. You have to treat the internal for the external to be healthy!

If anyone has questions please feel free to email or reply. I love reading testimonials from real people because I feel like you can determine what might be effective for you by reading other people's voices. Every body is different, and what might work for some (like D.E.) might not work for you. But DON'T GIVE UP! Keep going! It is a journey. You can find good health. Keep stripping away the layers of your habbits and patterns and examine every part of your life.

Be Well! Paul

Posted by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
02/11/2013
Good hear a battling story. So how are you now? Are you cured or still in the self treatment? Is there a considerable improvement that you feel after a month, if so then people can try.

Good Health

Posted by Tikiwish
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
07/19/2013
Thanks for the info, I just started taking it, for two days now, for an bacterial infection. I felt really bad last at first, but then I started feeling a lot better than I hadfor a long time, today I had more energy too. I'm going to do the same thing, take it for a year and hope it gets rid of this infection. I bought a large box online, it's not expensive. And I used it for ants today, which worked great. I'll post more about my progress.
Posted by Yehsams
Ncal
03/07/2014
2 Posts
For Rad_city from Brea, Ca

I am also a user of DE, and any other item I can use instead of going to the Dr for every little thing. Had some pretty miraculous things happen. AND, had some scary thing happen. Went for a long time working on a painful lower back, right side. Finally caved and had a Colonoscopy. Now the scary, I now have about 1/3 less larger colon on the right side. ALL my pain was in the lower right back. Cancer stage was 3a. What I want you to know is that your symptoms are identical. My suggestion, get a colonsocopy to make certain your good to go before you continue with anything else. With all the GMO in american food, no matter how well we why try, we are not immune to cancer. Now I am on my way to recovery, doing well. AND right back to my good old natural remedies. Have a good life! Yehsams

Posted by Yehsams
Ncal
03/07/2014
2 Posts
TO Rad_city from Brea, Ca. RE: pain on the right side of your lower back- don't want to scare you but get yourself a Colonoscoppy, NOW. I am a life long natural remedy user, with some miracle results. But I had the same complaint, and finally caved in to my DR and had a colonoscopy. Result was stage 3a colon cancer. I trusted the medical establishment, glad I did. Wish I had not waited years to find out. Now I am better, and back to my natural remedies, and happy to have made my decision.

yehsams

Detox   3  0   

Posted by Danimom (Georgia ) on 09/18/2013

[YEA]  I to have many health issues. Now my children also suffer health issues we started taking 1/2 teaspoon of D. E. A day mixed in water and already we are feeling better there acne cleared up my son who has always been large has drooped 2 pant sizes because the inflammation is coming off I have gone down 1 my oldest son who has terrible allergies has not had to use his inhaler even once since we started and no ill side affects..... My mom tried it a while ago and stopped because she to got sick but she was using a lot at once and now that she sees that we are good after 3weeks she has decided to try again but at the 1/2 teaspoon dose we increased to a teaspoon after 2weeks and will go up another 1/2 teaspoon next week but my Dr. Said no more the the 1 1/2 teaspoon s dose and every fife week stop for 2then start again at the 1/2 teaspoon dose so please reply with how your doing thanks Dani

Posted by Smokeypokey (Ironwood, Michigan) on 06/13/2013

Hi. I just started taking DE about 2 weeks ago maybe. not sure exactly...

my integrative doctor suggested it. I suffer from food allergies that keep my body from absorbing nutrients and my hormones are being thrown out of balance. I have acne, which is my main consern right now. Also my hair sheds more than usual. Mood swings. Delayed periods. migraines.

So ive had my acne and other symptoms somewhat under control for about 5 months. I started breaking out and having the mood swings again before I started the DE. Well my break outs are getting worse and I feel terrible right now. More migraines. When will I start seing clearer skin? im out of town and trying to enjoy myself but I feel miserable and gross. My head hurts. I just dont feel right. I do get migraines from the weather changes and it is spring and thats the worst time for me with the migrianes. But if anyone can give me some advice or encouraging words that wud be great!!! Im so tired of this acne problem. I had it under control for a while and was looking forward to summer and enjoying my nice skin, but now im just sad and dont wana do anything...

Posted by Lottie
Cornwall, St Austell, Uk
06/14/2013
4 Posts
Try to cut down on gluten, gluten stops the absorption of nurtrients and vitamins from your food.
Posted by Te
Charlotte, Nc
06/14/2013
For the headaches and mood swings I use PMS Tea by Traditional Medicinals or some Organic Dandelion Root tea. I havent gotten the hair loss under control yet. Please let me know if you find something that helps. GB
Posted by Claudette
Exeter, Missouri
06/23/2013
3 Posts
I am sorry for your present health issues. What you eat and rest is essential to healing. Depending on the severity of your condition, you will usuall feel worse before feeling better due to the detox effect. It is good to go to bed each night before 10 p. M. Your immune system starts to clean out and build up you body at 10 p.m. at nights. If your body is not given the chance to clean out and rebuild during sleep you will not get well no matter what you take or do. Water is very essential in flushing out the toxins and exercise a must. Here are the eight laws of health--water, fresh air, sunshine, good nutrition, rest, exercise, abstemiousness(keep away from harmful foods and habits) trust in divine power (prayer) and temperence in all things.
Posted by Saraaa
Paradise, Narnia
06/24/2013
2 Posts
Thanks. I've been off gluten for over a year and I cut way back on dairy and eat very little grains. Doesn't seem to be helping all that much. I was doing a lot better for about 4 months or so, periods were starting to get more regular and skin cleared and my hair wasnt falling as much. I was happier and less stressed out. But for some reason it all fell apart. I knew I wasnt being super strict on my diet but I wasnt eating gluten still. I just dont know. Im hoping im going through a detox, but from what ive read others have had much faster results with DE than I seem to be having. I'm late on my period right now and symptoms are worsening. Hair falling a lot, face is breaking out terribly! And I'm emotionally insane feeling. Not literally insane. But very emotional and stressed out feeling.

I research a lot and can only find the good things DE does for skin. Why would it not be helping me? I just don't know why I deserve this. I never had acne growning up. It started when I was 25 and now I'm 30 and it's making me more and more depressed. I don't want to see people or go out anymore. I hate putting makeup on my greasy zit covered face. It just makes it feel even more gross and I dont think I'm fooling anyone with it anyway.

I hate this. I thought I had figured it out and was getting better and now im dealing with it all over again.

Posted by Dakina
L.A., California
07/24/2013
To Saraaa from Paradise, Narnia on 6/24/13 -- My heart goes out to you. I felt that way when starting my health journey many years ago. For some reason, many people get introduced to the holistic path through detox. Having tried every experiment out there for various issues over the years, I came to understand that the so-called "healing crisis" isn't necessary or even good for you. From what you describe, I would like to suggest you skip over all this and go straight to an acupuncturist for your issues. Now, everyone says "oh acupuncture is great" – as if it were some generic thing you can just go down the street and there it is. But the reality is, you need to find someone really good or you won't get the amazing results promised with Chinese medicine. Specifically, you need to find someone really, really good – someone who has done it for a looooong time (like 30 years) and has true mastery of the art. And you do that by looking them up online and looking at their bios or their background. If they just graduated a couple years ago, say no thanks. They should be working with a mentor at that stage. If they are directly from China and have practiced for a long time, that is a really good scenario.

On rare occasions, I have had American-born acupuncturists who were excellent, but they had also been in practice for a loooooong time, were on the board of the acupuncture college, etc. So find someone who has mastered their craft and get better NOW. There is absolutely no reason you should be suffering this way. Also, sodas with caffeine can cause acne, so if you're drinking soda, STOP. As for detox, it is a good idea once in a while, but some reason people can get really carried away with it and it all sounds really good – you'll just go through it to the other side kind of thing, and you'll be great on that other side. But the body isn't a garbage can that you can just purge out all the icky stuff. Be aware that detoxing can harm organs and systems in the body (very hard on the spleen especially) – people will tell you it's just "die off" or just "detox" or "healing crisis". Your body doesn't need that. You are having real symptoms and you need to know what is going on and get relief. Chinese herbs and acupuncture address the unique patterns in your body, the imbalances that are causing these symptoms. And the knowledge is 5,000 years old and backed up far more than any other medicine available. When you're having lots of painful and extreme things going on with your body, that is NOT the time to do experiments (such as detox). Hope this helps. There is no reason you should be suffering like this!

Posted by Om
Hope Bc, Canada
07/24/2013
Dakina from LA Calif. What a wonderful reply. I agree totally with it. Ayurveda too, thousands of years old agrees, that crisis should not be allowed in healing. It has to be gentle and knowledgeable. My own experience with TCM is very positive except I could not the herbals. Diet plays a major role. All the best. Om
Posted by Karen
Michigan
08/12/2013
7 Posts
Like Lottie said... Cutting back on gluten. I once ran into a lady at the produce store and she began to tell me her transformation story. She was so sick and the doctor suggested she test for gluten intolerance. He then put her on a gluten free diet. She said immediately she began to come back to life. It took the better part of 3 months until most of her symptoms subsided.

Allergies are the culprit in a lot of case studies that I read up on. Once you can eliminate the allergies then you can allow for the body to heal on its own. If you don't then it would be like putting watered down Draino into your pipes. It does some of the job, but not enough to unclog the pipes. Same with our health.

I also am going to a doctor who also uses natural methods. She tests all her patients to see if they have inflammation markers in their blood work. If inflammation is present.. You are open for a whole lot of diseases. Once you get this under control... healing is quicker.

Posted by Leticia
Az
09/24/2013
4 Posts
Dear Smokeypokey from Ironwood, Michigan-

Your symptoms sound alot like PCOS and therefore may not be alleviated by Diatomaceous Earth. You may want to look up the remedies for PCOS on this site.

What I found to help me personally was to go on a strict Paleo diet. You can also go on an organic vegetarian diet. There are lots of natural supplements that you can take. Exercise and detox also helps. Good luck and I hope you feel better!

Posted by Mary
Tomball, Tx
10/10/2013
Going on 6 months now GMO free only eat whole foods that are organic, my itching skin went away, I lost 25 lbs I feel 20 years younger, all the pesticides in our food is making us sick. I had back aches all the time with these 2 cyst in my lower back, back pain is gone and the cyst is way smaller, started on Diatomaceous Earth to see if it would help and so far I see that it is making my real thick and ugly toenails shrink back to normal. You need to get off white sugar and white flour they are fulled with pesticides only eat sugar cane sugar which is found mostly in organic foods. 80% of the food in the grocery store is poison to our body, but look for the Non gmo list on the internet and start getting your health back.
Posted by Grace
Idaho
01/27/2014
Do you drink milk or eat any dairy products? I once read that dairy products can cause acne so I started paying attention to my body whenever I ate cheese, ice cream or milk. Sure enough, my face breaks out any time I eat any dairy products. I've switched to soy milk and all is well.
Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
01/27/2014
146 Posts
The only soy that is healthy for you is fermented soy. Make sure milk is a brand which is fermented.
Posted by Dianek
Macon Ga
03/16/2014
2 Posts
I had acne problems and I read that by using Diatomaceous Earth as a facial mask mixing water with then rub for 30 secs let dry for 2 mins then rinse. It's a great exfoliator and it helped cleared up my acne. I do this every other day. My pores have gotten smaller and easier to clean. I also use rosehip oil after. Hope it works for you. Give it a month. Let me know.
Posted by Donna
Escatawpa, Ms
04/12/2014
To Saraaa from Paradise, Narnia on 6/24/13

Based on your symptoms, try going wheat free, (gluten free), and research fully Lugol's iodine, (5 to 7 percent solution). I took 3 drops a day for 9 months and then went to 2 drops maintenance dosage. Try it to see if it won't clear up your skin and cysts, and stop your hair from falling out. Good luck to you.

Donna

Posted by Nicole
Fayetteville, Ar Usa
08/07/2014
Hi! Don't know if you will ever get this, but the following have really helped my skin -

Beef gelatin
Diatomaceous Earth (Its full of silica, and a great detox)
Magnesium oil, magnesium citrate supplements, epsom salt bath (I've heard some people get migraines from a magnesium deficiancy)
High quality fish oil supplement
Or eat lots of fish

Hope this helps! - Nicole


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