Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Acne
What Is Acne?
Acne - Basics
Acne is a disorder caused by the action of hormones and other substances on the skin's oil glands or hair follicles, resulting in legions on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, and/or back. This occurs when a plug forms in the follicle, blocking sebum (an oily substance that the sebaceous glands produce) from releasing onto the skin through a pore. Bacteria that normally grows on the skin's surface instead grows in the blocked follicle, signaling white blood cells, which cause inflammation. When the wall of the follicle finally breaks down, it spills its contents into the nearby skin, causing legions or pimples.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for acne.
What Patterns Are Related To Acne?
Acne - Diagnostic Patterns
The Chinese Medicine treatment of acne generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of acne:Heat in the BloodLiver FireSpleen and Stomach Damp Heat
Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Acne?
Acne - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for acne that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with acne:
3 Points Are Empirically Important For Acne
The Following (4)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Acne
Fu Fang Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan (Margarite Acne Pills)
- Cystic acne, pimples.
- Skin irritation due to damp heat - eczema, boils, carbuncles, etc.
- With appropriate diagnosis can be used for acute dermatitis, poison ivy/oak.
- Use with caution in patients that present with dryness or yin deficiency.
Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction)
- A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - similar effects but with more spleen qi and blood tonification.
- A range of stress related issues - essentially mixes of stagnation with underlying deficiencies.
- Potential uses with immune / idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and other bruising/bleeding issues with appropriate diagnostic factors.
Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer Pills)
- Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important formula for liver qi stagnation with herbs added to clear heat.
- Liver qi stagnation - menstrual issues, painful cycles, irregular cycles, breast distention, PMS, acne.
- A range of mild to moderate psychological issues arising from liver qi stagnation such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, insomnia, anger issues, etc.
- Physical symptoms from liver qi stagnation such as headaches, tightness in the chest, cold hands and feet, various eye issues.
Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life)
- Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne. Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever).
- Breast abscesses, mastitis.
- Uses for rheumatoid arthritis and/or psoriasis with the right underlying diagnosis.
- Internal abscesses from blood stasis.
- Generally not for long-term use.
- Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
- Avoid with yin fire.
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