Chinese Dermatology (pí fū kē, 皮肤科)

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is also the most visible and vulnerable organ. Skin conditions are very common nowadays. They are often difficult to treat, take a longer time to treat and seriously affect the quality of life of the patients due to their appearance.

Chinese Dermatology (pí fū kē, 皮肤科) draws on thousands of years of experience. At the same time it uses recent findings of modern biomedicine. Many skin diseases can be treated very well with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

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The history of Chinese Dermatology

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the effects of Chinese herbs and acupuncture have been known for a long time and their effects have been recorded in detail. Detailed descriptions of the treatment of various skin diseases have been reported thousands of years ago. Clinical histories and notes from scholars offer a depth of experience which we still use today. But time does not stand still. Chinese Dermatology has been further developed and refined over the centuries. It also uses the latest scientific insights to explain the mechanisms and actions of TCM in a modern way. So, today we can speak about a completely independent and sophisticated specialty, which is very effectively used in the treatment of commonly seen and also difficult skin diseases nowadays.

The diagnosis in Chinese Dermatology

As already mentioned, the diagnosis in TCM is fundamentally different from conventional medicine. Skin diseases are considered in the context with the entire body and the psyche. Thus, besides the actual skin disease, factors such as emotions, diet, lifestyle and environment are part of the Chinese diagnosis. By taking the pulse and tongue diagnosis into consideration, the therapist gets information on how the body works as a whole. Chinese Dermatology is not only “superficial”, it treats profound processes that will show up on your body surface – your skin.

The diagnosis of skin diseases according to TCM includes the particular examination of the lesion (duration, location and appearance), the provoking or relieving factors and all associated symptoms such as itching, bleeding, discharge etc. The focus in Chinese Dermatology is always on the lesion(s). This marks the major difference to conventional medicine.

Treatment in Chinese Medicine

Once the diagnosis has been established, an individual treatment plan is created. Treatment with TCM is usually a combination of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. External use, such as washing or creams and nutritional advice may be added.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a variety of methods of treatment, flexible use of drugs, high efficacy, low recurrence, and few side effects. Other advantages are that it is not only effective, but it is also a safe was of treating most patients. Moreover, remission seems to be longer lasting.

What skin diseases are often treated with Chinese Dermatology?

Eczema (atopic dermatitis, atopic eczema, neurodermatitis), psoriasis, dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), pruritus (itching), allergic skin reactions, urticaria (hives), acne, herpes zoster (shingles), herpes labialis (oral herpes), chloasma (skin discoloration), rosacea (facial erythema), vitiligo (leucoderma,depigmentation of parts of the skin), alopecia (hair loss), warts

Please note that skin diseases such as  psoriasis and vitiligo have evolved over many years. Thus,  the longer the treatment will take and instant results for diseases can not be expected.

Cosmetic Acupuncture in Chinese Dermatology

Every part of our body needs good blood circulation, moisture, adequate transformation, transportation and elimination of fluids and secretions. If this is not guaranteed stagnation of dampness is the result which shows in a puffy appearance or skin discolorations (chloasma). Acupuncture is not only about health but also about beauty. Cosmetic Acupuncture can help to restore the natural balance in the energy system of internal organs. When this imbalance is corrected your complexion and your skin elasticity can be improved. Your skin will also have a more shiny glow and wrinkles will disappear.

Additional specialties

Chinese Gynecology
Infertility / fertility treatment
Miscellaneous (TCM – General medicine)

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