This page is dedicated to educational materials on various skin conditions, including acne, eczema, hives, psoriasis, and warts. There will be many more pictures and videos that will be uploaded on this page as time goes on.
From a naturopathic and homeopathic perspective, skin disorders often reflect an internal imbalance in the body and/or mind- this internal imbalance manifests itself on the outside of the body, i.e, the skin. In other words, the body externalizes symptoms in response to an internal dysfunction in the body and/or mind. The body's innate intelligence would much rather "push" the imbalance to the outside versus keeping it on the inside where all the vital organs/tissues (i.e. brain, heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, etc.) reside. The dysfunction on the inside can potentially threaten our life, but a skin rash is something we can often live with (even if untreated)! Our body is truly intelligent!
Skin conditions often affect individuals profoundly, leading to low self-esteem and deeper emotional issues. It is a sad fact that, by the time clients with skin problems visit a homeopath, they would have already been subjected to a variety of oral, topical and even injectable suppressive medications.
By far the majority of skin conditions are caused by either poor diet and/or poor internal organ health. The main exceptions are skin conditions that are caused by direct contact to irritating substances (such as poison ivy), hazardous substances (such as various industrial chemicals), infectious agents (such as fungi), too much heat (causing skin burns), or even too much sunlight.
The effect of diet on skin health is of paramount importance. Not drinking sufficient amounts of water on a daily basis, eating foods that negatively impact our health (i.e. allergenic foods, processed or junk foods, and genetically modified foods), overeating, not eating sufficient amounts of healthy foods (including vegetables and fruits), eating hastily, drinking too much liquid with meals (which can disturb digestion by diluting the digestive juices in our stomach), consuming excessive amounts of unhealthy drinks such as alcohol, soda pop, or coffee can all be detrimental to our skin health. Put differently, we don't develop a skin rash due to cortisone cream deficiency! However, we might develop a rash due to deficiency of a nutrient(s) which could have been brought on by either a poor diet and/or poor digestion.
Even though there are pharmaceutical creams and drugs that can alleviate various skin conditions, such unnatural therapies are hardly ever curative in nature. In other words, you often become dependent on the use of such therapies indefinitely, and the rash returns soon after you stop using them.
To truly cure a skin condition, patients often need to make some dietary changes (for example eliminating one or a few food allergens or drinking more water) and/or take up a naturopathic detoxification/cleansing program to optimize the function of the main internal organs, namely, liver, intestines, and kidneys.
It’s noteworthy that some patients are told that their rash (namely acne) is caused by hormonal imbalance, and are put on birth control pills. Even if that may be true, the real cause of hormonal imbalances can still be found in the person’s poor diet and/or poor internal organ health, most specifically their liver.
There is yet one more aspect to healing skin conditions. There are often times when the patient’s deep and inherent “tendency to develop skin problems” needs to be directly addressed using homeopathic remedies. We all have a different make up which in homeopathy is called ”constitution”. Some constitutions are more prone to various skin conditions. For example, the Nat mur (Natrum muriaticum) constitution is more prone to dry skin conditions such as eczema. Or, the Thuja constitution is more prone to warts. Yet, individuals with the homeopathic Pulsatilla constitution often tend to suffer from a dry mouth. To address these deep tendencies, patients will need to take their “constitutional” homeopathic remedy which can be identified by a skilled homeopath. In many cases, I find that homeopathy is the single most effective therapy in treating skin conditions. In other words, even if patients make the required dietary changes and go through a comprehensive detoxification program, they might still suffer from skin conditions UNLESS they use homeopathic remedies.
At Whole Health Clinic, we specialize in homeopathy, naturopathic detoxification (i.e. organ health optimization) as well as food allergy testing and nutritional counseling. Using the above therapies/approaches, satisfactory results can be achieved in treating nearly all skin conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts, and various other rashes that are not diagnosable by dermatologists. It’s noteworthy that rashes that are often difficult to diagnose and/or treat by conventional pharmaceutical treatments are often the easiest to treat by natural therapies.
Psoriatic arthritis improves with natural medicine.
Severe eczema alleviated in a few days...
Melanoma - a deadly skin condition that can affect the internal organs as well
Unfortunately, I only saw this patient once. Therefore, I do not have any follow up pictures.
Numerous warts alleviated with homeopathy within nearly 2 months
The numerous warts on this boy’s trunk were completely alleviated within 2 months by the administration of two consecutive doses of his “constitutional” homeopathic remedy, “Pulsatilla”. There was only one wart left uncured by the remedy. There are no viable conventional therapies for warts other than burning them off! Burning warts is not a cure as they often return. This boy’s warts have never returned within the last several years that I have known him. His hives were the result of his liver not being able to process the fish oil supplement he was consuming. Support to his liver function was ultimately what cured the hives.
Child Wart Problem solved.
Homeopathic treatment completely alleviates warts in a few months in a man who had warts on his hands for decades
Warts in a child
Chronic and painfully dry skin successfully treated within two weeks
Biotherapeutic drainage/detoxification helps clear sarcoidosis skin rash.
Carolyn has advanced sarcoidosis, a very serious autoimmune condition that can negatively impact the health of many of the internal organs/tissues, including heart, lungs, eyes, and skin. Prior to seeing me, Carolyn had tried numerous other therapies, including pharmaceutical medications and even natural supplements. However, she continued to feel very ill overall. At her first visit, I offered her 3 main therapies: First, application of castor oil on her entire abdomen, covering the liver area. Second, an UNDA number to help with liver function (i.e. to “drain” or detoxify the liver). Third, an UNDA number to help with kidney function (i.e. to “drain” or detoxify the kidneys.) As you can see here, in a matter of weeks, she has had numerous improvements in just about every part of her body (including her skin) by getting these toxins out of her primary organs of elimination, intestines, liver and kidneys. I see dramatic improvements in most of my patients by simply starting this basic protocol.
(Note: The choice and the dosing of the therapies is very critical. I would advise against starting these therapies on your own without the supervision of a naturopathic doctor who is versed in Biotherapeutic Drainage (i.e. UNDA numbers, Gemmotherapies and Gammadyns/Oligotherapies ) and detoxification. Unfortunately, Biotherapeutic Drainage has not yet worked its way well into the field of naturopathic medicine in North America, and continues to be on the fringes of naturopathy, let alone conventional medicine. In contrast, these therapies are utilized by many medical doctors in Europe.)
Homeopathy helps when all else fails...
This young lady had a very disfiguring rash all over her face, neck and upper chest. She had sought various therapies, including naturopathic treatments as well as acupuncture, with no avail. One dose of the homeopathic remedy Psorinum completely alleviated her skin condition within a few weeks after years of suffering. She needed to have a second dose within a couple of months. After two years, she is still stable, and needs to redose her remedy once every few months.
Isaac's skin condition was treated effectively with dietary changes and natural medicines. Conventional drugs had not been helpful to him.
Isaac's feet, before :
Isaac's hands, before:
Case of chronic hives
I came to Dr. Sharif on a referral from another Dr. who could not figure out my issues. Dr. Sharif told me at my first visit that he would stay with me until we figured out what was wrong. It took 9 months of trying different diets, remedies and lots of supplements, but I am now cured of my full body hives. He stayed with me through each month, making adjustments to my supplements until we found some that worked. Not all Dr.'s will commit to keeping you as a patient knowing the road ahead is long and unknown. I appreciate the support in finding the balance in my health.
Case of chronic hives
Trying to find out what have caused my Chronic Urticaria know as Hives, Dr. Sharif suggested cleansing vital organs and finding out what’s causing all of my symptoms. First, we went ahead and treat my gut since 70-80% of our immunity starts at the gut itself. We treated my gut with healing herbs in a liquid form and in caps and most importantly Probiotics is vital.
We then went ahead with the Liver cleansing and that’s one of the most important part of the process of my healing. We live in a toxic world and our liver takes a heavy toll, as stress, unhealthy chemicals in process foods, the liver is at full optimum working condition.
Patience is the key in healing and I had so little of it. Right now I am 80-90% better than before I met Dr. Sharif. I thank him very much for this and I couldn’t have done it by myself.
My remedy helped me with the process while it elevated my mood and calmed my body as it heals. Definitely helped with my healing journey.
Alan's skin condition treated effectively with simple dietary changes and homeopathy
Severe case of eczema
"In the course of 7 months, I became very ill with chronic eczema and recurring staph and impetigo infections that covered my face. I became very depressed, sleeping all of the time, hating the thought of getting out of bed to deal with the redness and itchiness. Anxiety also kicked in every time I looked in the mirror: dry, flakey, red. My neck was always swollen and stiff, but at the time didn’t associate this with the eczema. It took over my life, my career, and was hospitalized after every round of antibiotic was finished. The prednisone and antibiotics were a quick cover-up, and actually made the problem worse after every round..
The dermatologist concluded it was weather and environment. I would frantically wash my sheets and towels between each use, cover my face and neck in steroids, and overall lived in fear and complete misery. Every time my eczema broke out, my face and neck would also become covered with a secondary infection of impetigo or staph. And again I would go, to get another antibiotic prescription from the ER or dermatologist if I could even wait that long.
I ended up moving back to Washington where I had seen Dr. Sharif in the past. I immediately booked an appointment. He looked at me, listened very carefully and asked me specific questions. He said it was the worst case of eczema he had ever seen (he said this on a “good” day of eczema). He immediately concluded it was a food allergy of some sort and immediately signed me up for blood work.
The blood food allergy test in has saved my life. I am not using that word lightly. After long months of frustration and depression of hiding in bed, I finally had my life back. The test was extremely accurate and the results concluded I was severely allergic to eggs. After cutting out eggs as the main culprit and also honey and sunflower seeds, my skin has had a dramatic improved.
Dr. Sharif is more than a doctor, he really is a healer and has the most compassion and care for his patients. He did not give up on my condition and really got to the bottom of the issue. I have never been happier in my entire life. I still tell friends and family "I'd never thought I'd see the light". Not only did my rash, infections and flakiness go away, but I have much more energy, my head is clear, my extreme anxiety has disappeared and I have a clear grip on my life and future.
Lastly, Dr. Sharif has given me a homeopath remedy which has helped dramatically with my focus and ability to pay more attention to detail. Moreover, if I do have a mild allergic reaction to something environmental, the remedy clears it up in less than 24 hours. I truly thank Doctor Sharif and he really cares about the wellness of his patience. He does not do this for the money, in fact, there are free articles and information on his website for a variety of conditions. If you are reading this and have been suffering from a chronic issue, especially a skin condition, please do yourself a favor and see Dr. Sharif. I wish to tell the world about food allergies, homeopathy and Dr. Sharif's practice."