Acne Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Acne Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine

acneDr. Sun Shi Dao has been working over 40 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is noted for its deep expertise in both Modern Medicine and Traditional Medicine in China, especially in the field of dermatology. Here we present an overview of their experience in the treatment of acne.

Although it is a minor disorder, Acne is a problem for many young. Besides pruritus, the itching and the feeling of relaxation in the face, patients are concerned about their appearance so that acne can lead to low self-esteem, depression and reduced social communication. For that reason, those affected are constantly looking for acne treatment, This has led to the production of various medicines for oral and topical administration. Dr. Sun believes that the appearance of acne is the result of the action of various etiological factors and that treatment must focus on the individual situation of each patient.

lung meridianDrain Lung Heat and Stomach, nourish the Yin and refresh the Blood

Taking as reference the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acne pathological mechanism, Dr. Sun Shi Dao emphasizes that the lung is the highest positioned Viscera of the internal organs and controls skin and hair. Acne often affects the skin of the face that is also found in the highest position of the human body. So acne treatment should start at the Lung. The stomach is responsible for receiving the food, digested food down and transform the food into chyme. In most acne patients with the disease is related fat food intake leading to alteration of the transformation function and decrease Stomach. The stagnation eventually becomes excessive heat in the meridian of Yang Ming leading to constipation and the occurrence of acne by raising the skin murky Heat.

stomach meridian

Acne vulgaris clinical dominates and is manifested by comedones and red papules papules sometimes accompanied by purulent, small pustules and oily skin are all signs of blood heat. By The Revelations of the Mystery of External Diseases is "attributed the main cause of acne stagnant Heat in the Blood." Consequently Dr. Sun sees the disease as heat accumulation in lung and stomach for which you have to purge the Lung and Stomach Heat, nourish the Yin and refresh the Blood.

Acute phase, treatment is to remove toxins and purge Heat and Lung Heat and Stomach with high doses of Lonicera japonica (Jin Yin Hua), Chrysanthemum indicum (Ye Ju Hua), Scutellaria baicalensis (Huang Qin), Gardenia jasminoides (Zhi Zi), Anemarrhena asphodeloides (Zhi Mu), Taraxacum mongolicum (Pu Gong Ying), Campsis chinensis (Ling Xiao Hua) y Houttuynia cordata (Yu Xing Cao). En la fase de intermisión, el tratamiento tiene como finalidad de nutrir el Yin, refrescar la Sangre y eliminar el Calor de Pulmón y Estómago para lo cual se administran drogas como Rehmannia glutinosa (Sheng Di Huang) cruda, Scrophularia ningpoensis (Xuan Shen), Ophiopogon japonica (Mai Dong), Polygonatum odoratum (Yu Zhu), Lithospermum erythrorhizon (Zi Cao) y Paeonia suffruticosa (Mu Dan Pi). En ambas fases de la patología se tienen que añadir drogas para regular el Estómago y activar la digestión como Crataegus cuneata (Shan Zha) y Coix lachryma-jobis (Yi Yi Ren).

Refrescar la Sangre para dispersar la estasis sanguínea y catabolizar el TAN para reducir los nódulos

Dr. Sun understands that persistent skin lesion by acne or prolonged heat accumulation in lung and stomach can lead to the formation of SO that, when mixed with blood stasis can cause local stagnation of Qi and Blood in the meridians and collaterals. Another possibility is the attack of wind-heat to a body which has a TANHumedad stagnation and blood stasis which ultimately affect the skin causing the appearance not only of red papules and pustules but also small nodules and cysts.

MTC differentiation according surgery nodules is said no erythema is due to the accumulation of SO, while dark red nodules and hard consistency, painless or mildly painful due to blood stasis.

For these patients is indicated to purge the Lung and Stomach Heat, activate blood circulation and eliminating stasis to reduce SO catabolize nodules, administering doses of Prunella vulgaris (Ku Xiao Cao), Fritillaria verticillata (Zhe Bei Mu), Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen), Prunus persica (Tao Ren) and Curcuma zedoaria (E Zhu). Besides the dissolving emollient effect hard nodules Prunella vulgaris (Ku Xiao Cao) and Fritillaria verticillata (Zhe Bei Mu) remove heat and reduce fire. Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen) is bitter and cold and not only activates blood circulation, but also cools and soothes Blood. Prunus persica (Tao Ren) penetrates the Large Intestine Meridian, dissolving activates blood circulation and lymph removes heat through depositions, since the Lung and Large Intestine keep internal-external relationship. The powerful effect of Curcuma presents zedoaria (E Zhu) to activate blood circulation, reinforces the effect of dissolving the nodules and also removes undigested food. Therefore, we see that Dr. Sun takes into account the causal factors besides selecting acne drugs that activate blood circulation to give a comprehensive treatment of the disease.

liver meridianRemove the Heat in Liver and blocking disperse liver Qi and regulate Chong and Ren Mai Mai

Some female patients may notice more acne rashes before menstruation. These patients exhibit cycle irregularities, dysmenorrhea, irritability, emotional lability and depression. Dr. Sun argues that this type of acne is related to a blockade of hepatic Qi becomes fire and with impaired Chong Mai and Ren Mai. Chong Mai, Ren Mai and Du Mai have the same origin which is closely linked to liver and kidney and controls menstruation, vaginal discharge, pregnancy and childbirth. As mentioned in Inquiring the Properties of Things Kidney stores the ground substance, Liver and allows free flow of Qi. Only when the stores enough ground substance Kidney and Liver Qi can then activate the Chong Mai and Ren Mai are balanced.

The modern clinical research has proven that acne is related to the secretion of sex hormones and that this secretion can be affected by excessive emotional disturbances. The high level of androgen hormones is one of the most important etiological factors of acne. Hence, to treat acne patient with altered Chong Mai and Ren Mai, Heat addition to eliminating toxins and drugs to be administered regulating Ren Chong Mai Mai and for relieving symptoms and consolidate the therapeutic effects.

meridiano ren mai

As acne is mainly manifested by signs of Heat, you have to apply the method of regulating the Chong Mai and Ren Mai and nourish the Yin. The drugs most frequently administered are Liquidambar taiwaniana (Lu Lu Tong), Vaccaria segetalis (Wang Bu Liu Xing), Leonurus heterophyllus (Chong Wei Zi) fruit, Ligustrum lucidum (Nu Zhen Zi) y Asparagus cochinchinensis (Tian Dong).

Liquidambar taiwaniana (Lu Lu Tong) ACTIVA con su Sabor amargo circulación of Qi y la Sangre y la regula menstruación. Vaccaria segetalis (Wang Bu Liu Xing) Sabor amargo y también presenta la circulación ACTIVA sanguínea, ACTIVA circulación la la del Qi y regula menstruación. Leonurus heterophyllus (Chong Wei Zi) fruto indicada esta para activar la Sangre y la menstruación, Calor en el eliminando Hígado. Ligustrum lucidum (Nu Zhen Zi) tonifica Hígado y el y el Riñón Asparagus cochinchinensis (Tian Dong) Yin el nutre of Riñón, Pulmón elimina en el Calor y es para la piel beneficioso. The combination of these drugs gets regulate Liver, activate blood circulation and tone the liver and kidney to regulate the Chong Mai and Ren Mai.

Transferring research achievements into clinical practice

Dr. Sun believes that modern theoretical research in medicine on the pathological mechanisms are well advanced acne, even though there are many newer therapeutic effects are not very satisfactory in medical treatment due to serious side effects. China Medical treatment can achieve significant therapeutic effects in differentiating grounded syndromes and its regulatory effect on body homeostasis. In the treatment of acne with Traditional Chinese Medicine can improve performance if you can integrate the latest achievements of modern medical research on acne research achievements of Chinese drugs for therapeutic strategy adding some agents that block or . Western Medicine suggests that acne might be related to a major etiologic factors and triggers a. Among the main factors include overactive Leydig cells and overactive sebaceous glands, follicular keratosis, certain microorganisms located in the hair follicle and sebaceous unit and an immune reaction of the affected. On the other hand count as triggers or aggravating acne inheritance, ingestion of certain drugs, the profession, environment, improper use of cosmetics, diet, Constipation, fatigue and mental stress.

The flexible application of the latest achievements of research in Chinese medicine has allowed Dr. Sun to enhance the therapeutic effects on acne. The traditional drug Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen), Phellodendron amurense (Huang Bo), Rheum palmatum (Da Huang), Coptis chinensis (Huang Lian), Artemisia capillaris (Yin Chen Hao), Scutellaria baicalensis (Huang Qin), Gentiana scabra (Long Dan Cao), Lonicera japonica (Jin Yin Hua), Angelica sinensis (Dang Gui), Ligusticum chuanxiong (Chuan Xiong) and Viola yedoensis (Zi Hua Di Ding) fighting acne related propionibacterus. Houttuynia cordata (Yu Xing Cao) reduces the secretion of the sebaceous glands. Tanshinone, an active ingredient of Salvia miltiorrhiza extract (Dan Shen) has been shown to be an estrogen-like soft drug having antiandrogenic, antibacterial, regulating inflammatory and immune function. Oldenlandia diffusa (Bai Hua She She Cao), Andrographis paniculata (Chuan Lian Xian), Isatis tinctoria (Da Qing Ye) leaf, Lonicera japonica (Jin Yin Hua), Coptis chinesis (Huang Lian) and Lysimachia cristina (Jin Qian Cao) enhance phagocytosis of leukocytes.

From the above we can conclude that Chinese drugs which eliminate heat and toxins not only have an antibiotic effect, but also regulate the resistance force and enhance the phagocytosis of leukocytes so as to kill bacteria and pathogenic factors. Have shown that soy beans, Eclipta prostrata (Han Lian Cao), Pueraria lobata (Ge Gen), Cyperus rotundus (Xiang Fu), Rubus chingii (Fu Pen Zi), Erigera breviscapus (Deng Zhan Hua), parsley and flax oil have estrogenic effects. Among the drugs that reduce fat are markedly Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen), Crataegus cuneata (Shan Zha), Polygonatum cuspidatum (Hu Zhang), Ligustrum lucidum (Nu Zhen Zi), Polygonum multiflorum (He Shou Wu) and Alisma orientalis (Ze Xie).

In the treatment of acne based on the differentiation of syndromes, Dr. Sun often chosen drugs that have been proven effective by the results of modern research, gives his patients dietary advice on appropriate vegetables, as bitter cucumber, cucumbers and celery and thus achieved very good therapeutic results considerably reducing relapse rate.

External treatment to enhance the therapeutic effects

According to Dr. Follicular keratosis Sun prevents normal elimination of waste, which favors the persistence and proliferation of bacteria. Sometimes, to reduce localized swelling can apply a mask with Chinese drugs as a treatment for eliminating external formations such as corneas and other route of absorption of essential for faster control inflammation. In case of acne with cysts recommends applying ointment Gao Qian Chui, changing compresses each 1-2 days, which manages to extract the pus, eliminate toxins and reduce swelling without damaging healthy skin.

Acne is a skin disease that is due to various etiological factors. In addition to implementing internal and external treatment the patient should try to get enough sleep, adopt positive lifestyle including a balanced diet, emotional balance and cosmetics using suitable.


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