Treatment of Acne With Traditional Chinese Medicine
07 Apr 2016
Most of us will admit that the problem of acne has affected all of us at some point in life. Though the condition seems like an innocuous medical situation, multiple acnes on the face or some conspicuous part of the body can make individuals feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. This can cause them to end up spending a significant amount on commercially available washes and creams. What’s worse is that the commercial remedies may not always produce satisfactory results.
Fortunately, acne is one of those medical conditions which Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat effectively. The treatment involves usage of a multiple TCM modalities, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy and exercise. Practitioners generally explain the condition by using metaphors for describing pathogens in stomach and lung meridians.
Lung meridian begins in the centre of the human body and rises up till the chest, whereas stomach meridian exists from the face and goes down via the chest. When there is excess heat inside the body, it is forced to rise up near the face. This usually happens if a patient consumes too much greasy, spicy, fried or sweet food. Undigested metabolites or dampness are created which transform directly into heat. If the dampness persists for a long period of time, it can change into phlegm, which in turn can trigger blood stagnation.
Chinese medicine tends to explain the condition of acne into two different types - heat in stomach and lungs & phlegm stagnation with blood stagnation and dampness. People suffering from the former type generally feel thirsty all the time, and naturally have shiny or oily skin. They may even be afflicted with acute constipation. The principle of their treatment with TCM is clearing the heat. It is done with the help of some effective herbs like the Huang Qin (scutellaria), Sheng Di (rehmannia root), Mu Dan Pi (tree peony root) and Huang Bai (phellodendri).
If phlegm stagnation is responsible for the acne problem in an individual, dark red papular lesions may appear on their skin in clusters. The resulting sores can last for a long time. The treatment to resolve the issue would focus on activating blood circulation. Practitioners normally use a classic formula for the purpose, Tao Hong Si Wu, along with herbs which help in blood circulation including Bai Shao (peony root), Chi Shao (red peony) and Dang Gui (angelica root).
In addition to herbal therapy, the patient may also be administered with acupuncture on points along the stomach and lung meridians.
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