Dermatology According to TCM (Over-Simplified)

When considering dermatology from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is important to understand how the different pathogenic factors manifest, i.e how they affect the skin’s appearance and sensation.  A simplistic overview:

  • More redness = more Heat
  • More weeping = more Dampness
  • More itching = more Wind
  • More dryness = more Blood Deficiency (or Yin Deficiency)
  • More purple = more Blood Stasis

When several of these pathogenic factors exist at the same time, determining which factors are more predominant than others will help figure out the most effective treatments (esp. if designing an herbal formula to correct these imbalances of energy).

Tags: Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, dermatology, herbal medicine, skin care

Topics: Chinese Medicine

Publish Date: November 16, 2010     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

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Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK. She completed the program for a second time in 2019 in Chicago.

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