Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Skin Problems (Rash)

What Is Skin Problems (Rash)?


Skin Problems (Rash) - Basics

A rash is a form of skin irritation that appears when the body reacts to something an individual touches (contact dermatitis) or to a condition that causes skin inflammation. Irritants can include plants such as poison oak or ivy, cosmetics, certain fabrics or chemicals. A wide range of medical conditions can also cause skin inflammation including chickenpox, shingles, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and others.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for skin problems.

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Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction)

Clinical Usages

  • Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives  (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at night.
  • Anemia generally, particularly when associated with related skin issues.
  • Alopecia.


    Clinical Categorization


      • Avoid alcohol and spicy, greasy, fried, and/or fatty foods while taking.

        Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan (Indigo Combo Pills)

        Clinical Usages

        • Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the type that moves around or is intermittent.
        • Insect bites, allergic contact dermatitis, poison ivy/oak/sumac, sun burn.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Do not use for damp heat skin conditions such as boils or carbuncle.

              Huang Lian Jie Du Wan (Coptis Decoction To Relieve Toxicity)

              Clinical Usages

              • Clears fire toxins (damp heat, toxic heat, fire) from all three jiaos - formula has an antibiotic function which has a broad range of uses in conditions arising from damp heat in the body.  Acute bacterial infections, dystentary, fever (of unknown origin), acute bronchitis, acute conjunctivitis, UTI.
              • Hypertension when it arises from fire/toxic heat.
              • A range of skin issues - boils, acne, mastitis, pyogenic skin infections, gingivitis.
              • Disorders of the middle jiao - hepatitis (particularly acute infectious), jaundice, H-pylori, gastritis.
              • Arrest bleeding in reckless bleeding from heat.
              • Gu syndrome conditions with the right underyling factors - IBS, Lyme, other inflammatory conditions.

                Clinical Categorization


                  • Generally only used for acute situations, rarely taken for longer than 15-20 days.  For longer use watch for signs of damage to the spleen system in TCM terms.
                  • Avoid in patients with Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.  G6PD is an inherited condition usually occurring in males, more commonly in those of African and Mediterranean descent. Triggers include infections, stress, fava beans, aspirin, and other drugs.  When symptoms are triggered, they include fever, dark urine, abdominal and back pain, fatigue, and pale skin.  Most people recover in a few days without treatment, but avoiding relapses is important. 

                    Xiao Feng Wan (Clear Wind Pill)

                    Clinical Usages

                    • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
                    • Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
                    • Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.


                      Clinical Categorization


                        • Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.

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