Skin Disorders -- Acne, Eczema, Rosacea, Rashes/Hives (Urticaria)
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian - another term for energy channel.
According to Chinese medicine, skin disorders are mainly digestive system imbalances. Most of the affected areas are along the digestive meridians due to a combination of the following imbalances:
- Qi stagnation of any of these meridians liver, stomach, gallbladder, heart, small intestine, lung, large intestine, urinary bladder, triple burner, du, ren
- Heat and toxicities in liver, stomach, heart, large intestine, small intestine, gallbladder, triple burner
- Blood stagnation
- Heat and toxicities in the blood
- Excess damp
- Aggravated internal wind
- Qi deficiency of spleen, lung
- Yin deficiency of liver, heart, spleen, lung
- Blood deficiency
In treating skin disorders, we use both acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve these healing effects. Skin disorders are very susceptible to stress of all kinds, commonly long standing emotional stress. Serious efforts to eliminate stress in one's life is needed to heal effectively.
- Open the energy system and regulate qi flow.
- Disperse qi stagnation.
- Break up blood stagnation.
- Clear damp.
- Subdue wind.
- Eliminate heat and toxins from the blood and digestive system.
- Eliminate itch, pain, and inflammation.
- Fortify qi and immune system.
- Nourish yin and blood (especially for rosacea and psoriasis)
The initial course of treatment constitutes six weekly sessions. This condition requires an extensive period of maintenance after completion of the initial phase of treatment. The healing process for acne takes a long time, from six months to a year to see appreciable results, and varies between individuals depending on how well one keeps to the Chinese medicine protocol, a proper diet, proper skin care regimen, exercise, and efforts to reduce emotional stress.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.