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What therapies does Dr. Weil recommend for impetigo?

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1. Dietary changes: • A diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in animal-based proteins can fortify your body's natural defenses and healing system. • Eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. Use extra-virgin olive oil as your principal fat. • Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids. • Eat ginger and turmeric regularly for their anti-inflammatory effects. 2. Mind/Body: Meditation, yoga or breath work can help counteract stress, and cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you to learn how to cope better with symptoms and stress. 3. Traditional Chinese Medicine: Although not well studied with impetigo, TCM can be very effective at modulating the immune system, and may help keep recurrent infections in check. 4. Supplements: • Take astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), the root of a plant native to northern China and ... more
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