Dermatology According to TCM (Over-Simplified)
When considering dermatology from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is important to understand how the different pathogenic factors manifest, i.e how they affect the skin’s appearance and sensation. A simplistic overview:
- More redness = more Heat
- More weeping = more Dampness
- More itching = more Wind
- More dryness = more Blood Deficiency (or Yin Deficiency)
- More purple = more Blood Stasis
When several of these pathogenic factors exist at the same time, determining which factors are more predominant than others will help figure out the most effective treatments (esp. if designing an herbal formula to correct these imbalances of energy).
Publish Date: November 16, 2010 *Articles may include updates since original publishing.