Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF ACNE
Acne is described as an inflammatory
disease of the sebaceous glands but more particularly as a chronic
inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands, occurring most frequently
on the face, back, and chest. The basic physiological malfunction
occurring in the body which gives rise to acne is an imbalance of
the eliminating systems of the body, although there are several mechanisms
that can play a part in the production of this imbalance. When the
eliminations become unbalanced - these being principally through the
liver and the kidneys - then the superficial circulation carries a
plethora of drosses and metabolic end products which should have been
eliminated through the channels of the intestinal tract. This in turn
brings about a clogging and a disturbance of the superficial capillary
and small lymphatic vessels with subsequent inflammation occurring
in the sebaceous glands of the skin.
Some factors causing the eliminative imbalance are incoordination
between the deep and superficial circulation, improper diet during
the period of menarche (beginning of menses), nervous tensions and
suppressions of fears, and glandular reactions and the gradual building
of difficulties related to the glands and circulation. Circulatory
incoordination is frequently brought about by back injuries, even
of a mild nature, which could bring about disturbance of those cerebrospinal
centers located in the ganglia of the autonomic nervous system which
control the coordination of the deep and the superficial circulations.
The deep circulation goes to the organs and functioning portions
of the internal part of the body while the superficial circulation
supplies the extremities and the peripheral body structures.
In case , an injury
to the seventh, eighth and ninth dorsals was the primary factor. Perspiration,
induced by excitement, originated with the irritation in the dorsal
centers. With this irritation any overexcitement makes an extreme
call for full circulation (rather than the normal) thus directing
too much blood to the superficial circulation. The capillaries and
small lymphatics become too full, as it were, producing the excessive
perspiration. Inactive eliminations bring impurities to the superficial
circulation and thus produce odors which were described as being "obnoxious"
and happening in those places where the lymphatic circulation reaches
the surface of the body easily. A heavy meal under stress, in this
particular case, puts the food in the position of not having adequate
blood supply to bring the digestive forces into full action. This
brings the external blood in toward the central portions of the body
and in this manner causes congestion, especially through those lacteals
involved. This produces in turn a reflex which brings about a disturbed
elimination with consequent constipation. A capillary uptake of the
contents of the large bowel results, and in this manner a loading
of the vascular system with substances which should have passed out
through the intestines takes place. The skin then attempts to eliminate
excessively and this produces the inflammation as a gradual process
of time and circumstance. On occasion there may be a thinning of the
walls of the intestine which only promotes and intensifies the process.
II. Rationale of Therapy
In approaching therapy, we should remember that
the body has a capability of normal function:
Thus, we would administer those activities which
would bring a normal reaction through these portions, stimulating
them to an activity from the body itself, rather than the body becoming
dependent upon supplies that are robbing portions of the system
to produce activity in other portions, or the system receiving elements
or chemical reactions being supplied without arousing the activity
of the system itself for a more normal condition. (1968-3)
Therapy in the case of acne should
be directed at bringing about five principal results:
A purification of the vibration of the body
forces, which would include a restoration to normal of the thin
wall in the intestine.
A correction of the cerebrospinal centers and
their vibrations, bringing them back to normal. This would also
bring about a coordination of the superficial and deep circulatory
systems which is frequently disturbed in acne.
A cleansing of the glands of the elimination
system such as the liver, kidney, etc.; a balance of these organs
and a correction of constipation and difficulties of the lower
A diet in accord with the needs of the circulatory
and the elimination systems.
Local therapy to aid the skin.
Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
1. Acting, in a sense, to purify the vibrations of
the body forces and to bring about a change for the better, the following
prescription should be followed and all of it used prior to further
treatment (aside from diet and local therapy):
Sulphur, 1 tablespoon
Rochelle salts, 1 tablespoon Cream of tartar,
Mix these very thoroughly. Then take a level
teaspoonful of this mixture each morning, either in water or
dry, before any meal is taken.
2. In order to bring the cerebrospinal control centers, the autonomic,
and the sympathetic ganglia to their proper condition, osteopathic
therapy should be instituted after the salts have been used but
should be given only following a short-wave diathermic treatment
to the back for a period of approximately 15 minutes over the upper
dorsal area. The combination of these two treatments should be used
twice a week for a period of seven weeks, then should be left off
for one week, then another cycle should be started using the salts
again followed by the physiotherapy and manipulation just described.
A third course could be utilized later.
3. A balancing of the glands of the emunctory system - the eliminative
organs - could be brought about after the original therapy with
the salts has ended. Coca-Cola is suggested as a purifying or clarifying
substance for the kidney and bladder. This would be taken more as
a medicine than as a soft drink and with water (not carbonated).
Various methods of relieving constipation should be utilized - powdered
yeast or yeast cake taken daily for ten days and then left off a
week would be one such suggested therapy.
The following local treatment and diet may be
given to patients. In addition, a combination of oils was suggested
in the readings which could be massaged into the skin, perhaps alternating
with a medicated cream or lotion: camphorated oil two parts, witch
hazel one part, Nujol one part.
Other substances used to bring about a purification
of body forces are seen in cases  and . Use of these would
be up to the judgment of the physician administering the therapy.
Atomidine likewise can be used to bring about a glandular balance.
These two readings are part of the Circulating File on acne.
Should we not attempt to awaken the inner forces
to God's presence? "For, all healing comes from the one source.
And whether there is the application of foods, exercise, medicine,
or even the knife, it is to bring the consciousness of the forces
within the body that aid in reproducing themselves-the awareness
of creative or God forces." (2696-1)
Wash with prescribed soap twice a day. Rinse
off thoroughly and dry. Apply a thin film of medicated cream
Picking acne lesions is not recommended. Instead
take an ice cube, wrap it in a cloth, and freeze the lesion
with a corner of the cube for several minutes, two or three
times a day. This works best on lesions which have just appeared.
- Take a yeast cake or a packet of dry yeast
and blend into eight ounces of tomato or V-8 juice. (You may
use other juices if you wish.) A dash of lime juice and Worcestershire
sauce adds a little tang in the V-8 mix. Take once a day for
10 days. Then stop for a week and repeat.
Obtain some Coca-Cola syrup from a soda fountain.
Take one teaspoonful in a glass of plain water once or
twice a day.
No chocolate, sugars, ice cream, pastries,
pie, or candy.
No carbonated drinks, including diet drinks.
No beer or ale.
No pork or ham. Crisp bacon allowed,
Limit starches to one per meal: bread,
rice, potato, spaghetti, corn, etc. No white bread should be
No fried foods. This includes Fritos and potato
Vegetables are good for you. Have plenty of
salads, vegetable soup, cooked vegetables. Salad dressing is
Fruits are fine in season except raw apples,
strawberries, and bananas.
Meats: Especially recommended are lamb, fish,
fowl. Lean beef is all right.
Milk (skim), eggs, and cheese are allowed.
[Note: The preceding overview was written by William
A. McGarey, M.D. and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference
Notebook, Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation,
Virginia Beach, VA.]
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