Cellulite Information and Herbal Supplements

 

  
Cellulite

Definition

Cellulite is a cosmetic defect of the skin characterized by pitting and bulging. Women compromise 90 to 98 percent of the cases, reflecting differences between men and women in the supportive tissue structures of the skin.

Signs and Symptoms

The basic appearance of cellulite is well-described as the "mattress phenomenon." Symptoms of cellulite include feelings of tightness and heaviness in areas affected, particularly the legs. Tenderness of the skin is quite apparent when the skin is pinched, pressed or vigorously massaged. The areas of the body involved are typically the buttocks and thigh regions, and, to a lesser extent, the lower abdomen, the nape of the neck, and the upper arms. These are the areas of the body usually affected in female obesity.

Causes

In cellulite, tissues just below the surface of the skin that binds the skin loosely to underlying tissueor bones (the subcutaneous tissue) is disturbed. The subcutaneous tissue of the thighs is composed of three layers of fat, with two planes of connective tissue (ground substance) between them. In women, the uppermost subcutaneous layer consists of what are termed large standing fat cell chambers, which are separated by radial and arching dividing walls of connective tissue anchored to the overlying connective tissue of the skin. In contrast, the corresponding tissue in men is thinner and has a network of criss-crossing connective tissue walls. In addition, the connective tissue (the corium) between the dermis and subcutaneous tissue is stronger in men than in women. These basic differences are the reason cellulite is seen almost exclusively in women. Increased size of the fat cells or weakened connective tissue can lead to cellulite.

Natural Medicines

Gotu Kola
Apple Cider Vinegar

The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines, Michael Murray N.D., 2002

Natural Medicines

Gotu Kola
Apple Cider Vinegar



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