Did you know that skin is the LARGEST organ in
your body? Well it is even though funnily enough we never think
of it as one. It covers us from head to toe and weighs about 6 pounds.
The skin is divided into three parts, each of which has its own
1. EPIDERMIS - this
layer is the outer most one and is exposed to the environment. It
is further divided into three layers. The main constituent of the
epidermis is KERATIN. This is a protein formed from dead cells which
protects the skin from harmful and toxic substances. Below this
are layers of cells known as keratinocytes. Most importantly the
epidermis also contains melanocytes which are responsible for producing
pigments. It is these pigments that impart colour to our skin.
2. DERMIS - is the middle layer
of the skin which contains all the blood vessels, sweat
glands, hair follicles and nerve cell receptors which sense
pain and touch. This layer also gives the skin its toughness
and resilience due to the presence of a protein known as
3. FAT LAYER OR SUBCUTIS - this
layer consists of a number of fat cells which helps in maintaining
body heat and temperature. It also acts as a shock absorber
preventing the other organs from injury.
There are various different kinds of skin disorders,
infections, defects etc.. Homoeopathy has proven extremely effective
against most of these especially disorders like psoriasis, eczema,
atopic dermatitis, urticaria and allergies etc. In our system of
medicine we consider each person as an individual with his/her own
unique set of symptoms and characteristics. These are extremely
important when a remedy has to be prescribed especially in skin
cases. Please click on the list on the left to learn more about
various skin conditions.