17.05.2016

Chinese medicine chest acne remedies

Stay informed with a FREE regular collection of information, advice, research and interesting bits from the world of Chinese medicine and beyond. Before we answer that question, let’s find out a little more about what actually causes acne in the first place.
Acne results from the obstruction and inflammation of hair follicles with their accompanying sebaceous glands.
The areas most affected are those with higher concentrations of sebaceous glands - the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. You can probably gauge from the names of the patterns above that the concept of internal Heat is a common theme with acne. Because Chinese medicine generally views skin disease as an outward manifestation of an internal imbalance, treatments are nearly always internally - via the drinking of herbal medicine. Generally speaking, acupuncture tends to be less effective in dermatology than it is in other specialty areas, however acne is certainly one skin condition that does benefit from the inclusion of acupuncture in the treatment regime.
Being holistic medicine, Chinese Medicine also addresses the peripheral issues associated with acne such as bowel problems (usually constipation), excessive thirst, greasy skin, acne scarring; and if related to the menstrual cycle, other problems at period time.
Ensuring diet and lifestyle are correct is important when trying to overcome any health condition, however it is especially important when treating skin problems. If you are suffering from acne and are interested in an effective natural treatment without harsh side effects, consider traditional Chinese medicine. Reiki involves using the hands to transfer Qi by placing them on the self or another person.
Four Gates Oriental Medicine is a holistic natural medicine practice serving patients in the South Florida area. We offer a wide variety of treatment modalities including acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese massage (Tui na), needle-less, painless acupuncture using transdermal electrostimulation, allergy elimination (NAET), energy methods- Reiki, Magnified Healing, Crystal Healing, medical aromatherapy (including Raindrop technique), lymphatic drainage, non-surgical face lifts, Chinese herbal medicines, Homeopathic medicines, essential oil medicines, supplements and Native American healing techniques; ceremonies.
Even though there are many people seeking treatment for skin disorders, Western medicine has been unable to find treatments that are both safe and efficacious long-term. The important thing to remember is that Chinese Medicine simply provides an alternate system for describing the same problem and, in most cases, a similar treatment. External treatments such as washes and compresses are commonly used but are usually supplementary to an internal treatment. No crash diets or heavy restrictions here, just a focus on clean and sensible living and eating. As an example, greasy and deep fried foods, rich fatty foods, processed foods, alcohol and cigarettes are considered hot natured substances. Combining his knowledge of classical homeopathy with modern medical science, he created a synthesis that provides a bridge between homeopathy and conventional medicine.
We specialize in individualized; personalized health care where YOU, the patient, are the most important focus.
But baring the knee-jerk reaction of getting a short term topical treatment from the chemist, where can you go for acne treatment in Sydney?
When these glands become clogged with a plug of sebum and dead skin, the gland becomes colonised and infected with a normally present skin bacteria. Each pattern has its own list of characteristic symptoms and signs and correct diagnosis determines which herb combinations and acupuncture points will be used.
Young people, with their higher levels of activity, and rapid growth and development, are Yang (Hot) by nature. While the herbs and acupuncture points that treat acne do so, in Chinese Medicine terms, by clearing Heat and Toxins, resolving Phlegm, and regulating Qi and Blood, they actually have the effect of reducing sebum production, treating infection, reducing inflammation and regulating hormone imbalances. Often it only takes a seemingly insignificant level of exposure to poor diet or lifestyle choices to tip the scales resulting in a Hot or Yang condition such as acne.
Acne consists of comedones (clogged pores; whiteheads or blackheads), pimples, and larger and deeper lumps (acne cysts or nodules).


By combining these different treatment modalities, Chinese medicine treats acne for less money and with longer lasting resolution than other methods of acne treatment.
To read more about the classifications of acne in Chinese medicine, click over to the Acne Page.Acupuncture treats PsoriasisWhite psoriasis plaquesPsoriasis is an auto-immune disorder of the skin.
Faulty signaling by the body’s immune system causes rapid turn-over of skin cells, which in turn causes the skin to appear silvery-white and form psoriasis plaques. Plaques most commonly occur around the elbows and knees, but can affect any area of the body, including arm pits, back, buttocks and scalp. Psoriasis plaques can occur in different size patches, from small areas to patches covering the entire body. The nails and joints may be affected, as in psoriatic nail distrophy and psoriatic arthritis, respectively. Psoriatic arthritis occurs in approximately 3-10% of people with psoriasis.[2]Psoriasis is one of the most common skin diseases in the United States, affecting as many as 2% of the population. This puts patients at risk for a whole host of other diseases and side effects, some of which are very dangerous. On the other hand, Chinese herbal medicine has been shown to be safe over its more than 2000 years of use, and constant monitoring and modern-day research in China. Studies have shown up to 65% of psoriasis cases have significant resolution of symptoms with proper herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments. Topical steroids may also be used, but have risks associated with them.Recent research has shown significant reductions in both itch and lesions following treatment with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Research presented at the the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) in New York analyzed 14 patients with persistent atopic dermatitis who received Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. The course of treatment differs for each individual, but results are often seen within a few months, even in cases of severe eczema.
For more information, please visit the Eczema Page.Acupuncture treats Herpes (Simplex and Zoster)Zoster (Shingles) outbreak on the abdomenHerpes Simplex and Zoster are both viral infections.
Viral cycles alternate between active and latent periods, the latent period having no symptoms. It is important to speak to your primary care provider about how and when herpes virus can be spread to other people. There is no cure for herpes, but anti-viral therapy can cause herpes to go into remission, during which time the virus retreats into sensory nerve cells to hide. In addition to anti-viral therapy for herpes, there are a number of complimentary and alternative medical treatments.
Part of Chinese medicine treatment of herpes is to strengthen the body so that it can been the virus in a latent period.Herpes zoster is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is also the cause of chicken pox. If someone does have shingles it is often many years, even decades, after an initial chicken pox infection in childhood.
Shingles presents as a painful skin rash with fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) along a single strip extending from the spine to the front of the body (this strip is known as a dermatome).
Following an outbreak, chronic, sometimes severe pain is common along the strip of infection. As an aging baby boomer population reaches the ages at which people are most susceptible to develop rosacea, increased awareness of this condition will become more important.Rosacea most commonly affects women ages 30 to 50.
Rosacea symptoms include facial redness, blushing and flushing of the face, spider-like blood vessels (telangiectasia) on the face, acne-like sores on the skin that may weep and then crust over, burning and stinging on the affected skin of the face, and red and watery eyes. Researchers have shown that these negative effects can lower self-esteem and self-confidence.
Visit the Rosacea Page to learn more about acupuncture treatment for rosacea and to book an appointment with me.Acupuncture treats Alopecia (hair loss)Alopecia in MenAlopecia, specifically pattern alopecia or pattern baldness, is the loss of hair from the head.
The exact cause of alopecia is unknown, but researchers cite genetic, environmental and hormonal causes as possibilities.Acupuncture treats alopecia by nourishing the body and clearing imbalances that might be blocking nourishment and the flow of blood and fluids to the head and scalp.


By incorporating Chinese herbal medicine into acupuncture treatments, alopecia can also be treated from the inside out.In my practice, I very rarely use acupuncture with stimulation to treat patients, but alopecia is one of the times I make an exception. Using micro-current stimulation on the scalp encourages blood flow and the regrowth of lost hair.
Lichen simplex chronicus is self-perpetuating since the thickened skin also produces an itch sensation, leading to more scratching and thickening. The key to treating lichen simplex chronicus is to break the itch-scratch cycle, soothe inflammation and restore normal nourishment to the skin.Lichen simplex chronicus is sometimes associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis. LSC often has a large mental-emotional component to it, typically seen in conjunction with nervousness, anxiety, and depression.Acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments can break the itch-scratch cycle and restore normal sensation to the skin. For more information about lichen simplex chronicus, please visit the Lichen Simplex Chronicus page.Acupuncture treats VitiligoVitiligo on the HandVitiligo is a skin condition caused by the death or improper function of melanocytes, the skin cells that produce pigmentation. The most common of the Western biomedical therapies include exposure to UV radiation, which increases likelihood of skin cancer.
I combine acupuncture with herbal medicine because this allows treatment to occur on multiple levels at once. Additionally, I use internal and external Chinese herbal medicine formulas to work to harmonize the body from the inside out and deliver powerful medicine to the skin itself. To read more about vitiligo, please visit the Vitiligo Page.Acupuncture treats UrticariaA Hives RashUrticaria, or hives, is a red, itchy skin rash. Researchers estimate that 30-40% of hives of an unknown cause are a result of an autoimmune reaction.When using acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat urticaria, I focus on settling the immune system, cooling red, inflamed skin, and stopping itching. Because acupuncture treats hives by working on nerve signals, acupuncture stops itching very strongly. Perioral dermatitis is characterized by red bumps on the skin around the mouth, folds of the nose and around the eyes. Unfortunately, perioral dermatitis tends to recur, even after repeated treatment with antibiotics.Perioral dermatitis is not easily treated by Western medicine, but acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have great treatment success.
It is very important to treat this stubborn condition with both acupuncture and herbal medicine in order to achieve lasting result and avoid recurrence of symptoms.
To read more about Perioral Dermatitis, please visit the Perioral Dermatitis page.Tinea Fungal Infections (Ringworm)Tinea is a superficial fungal infection of the uppermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. Many people have a genetic predisposition to these fungal infections.Tinea rashes are typically red, scaly and slightly raised. Tinea often appears with inflammation and redness around the active border of the rash, and, when very severe, with vesicles (blisters) on the border.
Since the areas of the body most commonly affected are easily submerged in liquids, I also use herbal soaks and washes to deliver medicine directly to the affected sites. For more information about treating tinea with acupuncture, please visit the Tinea page.Pityriasis VersicolorPityriasis versicolor, also known as tinea versicolor, is a yeast infection caused by Pityrosprum orbiculare (Malassezia furfur). It is characterized by a brownish discoloration and scaly rash on the skin mostly on the torso. This yeast is found naturally occurring on the skin, but is most highly concentrated on neck, chest and back, where there are the highest number of sweat glands. You can develop pityriasis versicolor in other places on the torso, but rarely on the extremities.Pityriasis versicolor is equally common in men and women, more common in adolescents that adults, and is rarely itchy. Pityriasis is typically worse during the summer and in damp, humid, tropical and sub-tropical climates.



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