Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Acne

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acne is most often seen as heat in the lung and stomach meridians. Traditional Chinese Medicine treats acne through herbal medicine, acupuncture, diet suggestions and exercise routines. When heat is in excess in the body, it rises up to the face. If a patient eats too much spicy, greasy, sweet or fried foods, then dampness or undigested metabolites are created and transform into heat. If this dampness continues for a long time, then it can transform into phlegm, and cause stagnation of blood and more heat.

The basic approach in Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to treat acne is to remove the underlying pathogenic heat from the related meridian, organ or fundamental substance. One TCM method that can be used to relieve acne symptoms is acupuncture but the preferred modality to treat acne is Chinese herbal medication.

To use Chinese herbal medicine, a combination of herbs will be prescribed according to the diagnosed type of pathogenic heat in the body. An individual can take in herbal formulations, which may come in liquid, tablet or powder form, and apply a topical solution to the affected area to reduce inflammation and prevent new acne formation. You should visit a TCM practitioner and get your own customized prescription. Herbs are prescribed in formulas consisting of many herbs that each has a specific action addressing the cause of the acne.

Since nutrition plays a significant role in Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM practitioners will also include dietary recommendations in the acne treatment regimen. A low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet is advised while fried and processed foods should be avoided. TCM also stresses lifestyle changes, resulting in not just acne treatment but the restoration of balance in the body.

Teenage Acne

TCM practitioners believe that teenagers are full of Yang energy. Yang is the energy that helps creating the necessary physical, hormonal and emotional changes. During adolescence, it can easily become unbalanced and transform into excess heat. All the changes in life such as relationship can be confusing and stressful. This type of emotional feeling can also cause stagnation of blood and more heat.

Before you decide to visit a TCM practitioner, something you can try on your own are Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan, Yiganerjing Antibacterial Ointment Creams and a face wash with Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower).

1) Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan is also known as Margarite Acne Pill, is specially formulated for acne.

Where to buy: Margarite Acne Pills

How to use: Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan can be used in the form of capsules.

2) Yiganerjing Antibacterial Ointment Creams is suitable for eczema, psoriasis, acne and all kinds of skin diseases. It is used externally as topical ointment.

Where to buy: Yiganerjing Antibacterial Ointment Creams

3) Jin Yin Hua is also known as Honeysuckle Flower. It has the ability to help healing all kinds of skin issues.

Where to buy: Sierra Tea, Dried Honeysuckle Flower

How to use: Jin Yin Hua is available in many different forms including tea, extract, essence, powder and capsules.

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