|Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 11:57: |
Hi Dr. Halevi,
I have currently begun taking classes at Emperor's College of Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California. I am a 27 year-old woman and for the past year I have had very bad acne on my chin, that for the most part, will not go away. They are mostly numerous white heads and on occasion remain under my skin for weeks or even an entire month without coming to the surface. It is very painful and rather unattractive. I have been to numerous dermatologist and used several medications and nothing seems to work.
I have also went to the clinic at my school and received some herbs and acupuncture treatment, but it too failed. I was searching the web for homeopathic remedies and ran across your research on Acupuncture.com. Do you know of anything that can help or an OMD in my area that has experience in the dermatology field?
Thank you for your time,
|Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 13:38: |
I am sorry that I can't refer you to anybody. Nevertheless, Chinese medicine is very effective in the treatment of acne and you should keep looking for a qualified and experienced practitioner. In the meantime, if you are willing to try and treat yourself, you may use the points and self-treatment technique described in my book "Chopsticks Acupuncture". Please see details in my web-page. You may also follow the dietary guidelines described in my article. The article web address is:
As for your second question, I have no idea.
|Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - 22:25: |
is there a specific etiology for acne in Chinese medicine? Can it be differentiated as a syndrome? I shall appreciate any clarification on this issue. Thanks a lot.
|Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 12:34: |
Acne corresponds with the etiology of dampness in the body. This time, an internally originated dampness. It may be accompanied by heat - if the acne zit looks also very red and hot, or by cold if the zit is bluish-pale and doesn't look inflamed. It may also be classified as damp-phlegm if the pus is exudating and looks overflowing. The internal cause is almost always attributed to the spleen which is the cause of internally originated damp conditions. The spleen pathology is very much involved with the genito-urinary system, and with the energetic functioning in the kidney. The kidneys, on their own accord, are in charge of the uterus, hormones and sexual functioning. Thus, patterns of deficiency or excess of either of these organs may result in excess dampness or heat. These conditions, when affecting the Ren and Chong channels (both originating in the kidneys' area), can travel to the face and chest and cause the acne.
|Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2003 - 16:14: |
It is indeed much clearer now. Thanks a lot.