Basic definitions:

Acidophilus: A microorganism that is added to dairy products or prepared as a dietary supplement, is part of the normal intestinal and vaginal flora, and is used therapeutically especially to promote intestinal health. (In Chinese Medicine acidophilus has a “cooling” nature. Meaning, if taken for long periods of time it will cool the digestive system, reducing metabolic function.)

Bifidum: A type of “friendly bacteria” that helps maintain health in the large intestine. Increases the acidity of the region it inhabits and makes the area inhospitable to dangerous bacteria.

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary, © 2007 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


There are some critical components to skin health. Here are some ways to treat acne naturally:

Incidentally, for individuals dealing with acne,

  1. Build function-Acupuncture and herbs,
  2. Seasons change: cleanse (we recommend the “ultimate cleanse” by Nature’s secret),
  3. Acidophilus/Bifidum complex,
  4. Tea tree oil gently applied in small dosages to lesions.

One of our acupuncturists, David, recommends the following:

The two types of Echinacea (Angustifolia and Purpurea) taken regularly through the course of the day will fight the bacterial cause of acne.

  1. Take 1 (Augustafolia) every 2 hours.
  2. Alternate with 1 Purpurea every two hours.

Mix 8 oz. of carbonated spring water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda every morning to help alkalize the blood, which helps to prevent acne breakouts.

Note: it seems with acidophilus, like many supplements, it is important to chose the highest quality available where you shop. When shopping at a health food store for such a thing make sure it’s in the refrigerator. It seems the more expensive versions use products with a wide variety of different intestinal flora, including at least acidophilus and bifidum. For example, we’ve seen patients do very well after a course of antibiotics by taking an entire  60 capsule bottle (say, 2-4 capsules per day), using the recommendations on the bottle. The good news is if you get acidophilus that was not refrigerated and happens to be dead there is no negative effect. It simply passes through the digestive system causing no positive or negative effects.

Best of health to you! If you have any questions on this topic or anything else, don’t hesitate to call. 414-322-8888



Note: Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.