Although seldom life threatening, skin problems can be very uncomfortable and lead to psychological stress due to the visible appearance. Some common skin problems include acne, eczema, psoriasis, shingles, vitiligo, uticaria (hives), warts, rosacea, and dermatitis. Although western medications can provide quick relief, many patients are frustrated with stubborn skin conditions that are not satisfactorily treated, or they find that results do not last consistently. That’s why more and more people are seeking a lasting solution.

Is Chinese Medicine effective for treating Skin Disorders?

Dermatology has been a specialty in traditional Chinese Medicine for more than two thousand years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners (Chinese physicians) have used acupuncture and herbs to treat a wide variety of common skin ailments. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs offer a natural solution to improving skin conditions. Treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms and can provide significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions.

According to Chinese Medicine, what causes skin conditions?

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as a whole system of interconnected parts and health as a balance within the body's internal landscape and the environment. Skin problems arise when there is imbalance within the body, such as too much or too little Qi (energy), blood, yin, and yang, or there are impacts of environmental conditions such as wind, heat, cold, dampness, and dryness. For example, extremely dry and flaky skin is a sign that either Yin or Blood is depleted; red rashes are associated with heat; moist rashes are associated with dampness.

What types of skin conditions can be treated by Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs?

The most common skin conditions can be treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine include acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, pruritus, dry or itchy skin, shingles and urticaria (hives).

How is skin problems treated by Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs treat skin diseases in a unique manner. The treatment and diagnosis are tailored to each person's symptoms. In diagnosing skin conditions, aside from careful inspection of the exterior skin condition, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner considers physical, emotional, and environmental factors, such as the type of eruption, color, temperature, foods, activities, climates or emotions that affect the symptoms, details about onset, duration and frequency of the problem, along with any other signs in the body including digestion, energy, emotions, sleep, and immune system. After taking the pulse, and observing the tongue and skin, the practitioner will diagnose the condition and make treatment plan. Depending on the condition, treatment may involve a variety of techniques with acupuncture such as herbal medicine, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body.

Often, one treatment cycle is once or twice a week for 12 weeks. Some conditions will clear rapidly, but others may take longer depending on duration and severity of the condition. The key to eliminate the skin problem is the treatment of the whole body, rather than just covering it up. It takes time to balance the body from the inside out. But it is well worth the time and patience, since it is significantly less likely for a healthy and balanced body to have a recurrence of the skin problem.

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