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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Acne - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


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.


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:



Acne - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating acne. For a complete list from our store with more details see our acne formula section.


Acne - Questions

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Using our forums our staff and our community may offer guidance with regards to the treatment of acne.



Acne - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (2) acupuncture points may be useful for acne. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)




The following (2) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Acne

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.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Generally not for long-term use.
    • Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
    • Avoid with yin fire.



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