Skin Issues and Chinese Medicine
Updated: Aug 23, 2021
In Chinese medicine (CM), the skin tells us the story of our emotions, but also of the state of our digestive system and our general health.
More than any other symptom, the skin cannot be analysed on its own, but is a reflection of the overall picture, part of the imbalance that causes every individual’s presentation.
When trying to get to the root of a skin problem, first, the nature of the presentation has to be understood.
The important questions here are: does it get worse with stress (and better in the holidays), is there paleness or redness, is the presentation dry or oozing, does is get worse in winter or in summer, do certain foods make it better or worse? Did the skin problem start since you moved city or even country? Does it run in your family or are you the only one affected? Is it based on allergies? Does the skin itch or not? Many women might be able to detect an aggravation during specific times of their cycle.
Then, like with any other health issue, the skin needs to be seen in context with the rest of the body.
How is the sleep, the digestion, energy levels, do you get sick easily, how sensitive is your immune system and much more. You might be interested to hear that in CM, the skin belongs to the Lungs and quite a few people with skin problems also have some form of respiratory ailment.
From these answers it will become clear what the underlying problems are such as for example Heat in the Blood, Deficiencies, Excess, Heat or Cold, Damp, Phlegm or Dryness.
While both acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used for skin issues, traditionally the use of herbal medicine is prioritised in matters of the skin. Acupuncture can be used to facilitate the removal of underlying conditions.
If you want to discuss your specific signs and symptoms and see what CM can do for you or want to make an appointment: