Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Skin Problems (Rash) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of skin problems (rash) 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).

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.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for skin problems (rash):

Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan
Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan
Xiao Feng Wan
Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan

The following (2) acupuncture points may be useful for skin problems (rash). 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.)



There are (9) Chinese herbs currently associated with skin problems (rash). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for skin problems (rash). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Skin Problems (Rash)

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Xiao Feng Wan

Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping, comprising such conditions as psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, etc.

The Pulse will generally be forceful, floating and rapid and the Tongue will have a yellow or white tongue coating.

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