Traditional Chinese medicine

Treatment of acne with traditional Chinese medicine

Acne is a skin disease that affect most of us at some point in life time. Peoples try to find a solution that reduce the impacts of acne and they spend a lot of money on acne products, however; they got inadequate results. Alternative medicine such as traditional Chinese medicine appear to be inexpensive and provide an outstanding methods of controlling acne those days. People choice this method for a variety of reasons including effectiveness and affordability.

  • A licensed Chinese medicine practitioner assess the situation, diagnose and differentiate one type of acne from the other. An interesting approach of this treatment is patients suffered from the same acne type and severity treated differently based on personal situation.
  • There are a number of ways by which Chinese medicine treats acne. Some of the ways includes routine exercise, acupuncture, herbal medicine and diet. According to Chinese medicine, the pathogens in the body described by metaphors. They see acne as ‘heat’ in the stomach and lung meridians. This meridians in the stomach begins from the face and goes throughout the chest where as meridians of the lung begins in the middle of the body and goes up to the chest.
  • The logic behind the treatment of acne using Chinese medicine is the activation of blood circulation. When circulation of blood is improved, the waste products that produce heat in the body will be removed and there will not be any dirt that clogged the skin pore. 

Most commonly used herbs

In most cases, traditional Chinese treatment employed herbs that activate blood circulation in order to control acne flare-up. Chinese medicine practitioners used those herbs at different proportion to treat various types of acne. Some of the herbs includes:

  • Tree peony root or red peony
  • Scuttellaria
  • Rhemannia root
  • Phellodenbrium

The three types of acne and therapeutic principle  based on traditional Chinese medicine

According to Chinese medicine, there are three types of acne. Those acne are differentiated based on heat. The three types are: the blood-heat type, the toxic heat type and phlegm (liquid secreted by the mucus membrane). They believe that when the body get excess heat, it goes up to the face. For instance, if acne patient consume some foods like greasy, sweet, spicy, the undigested part transform in to heat and continues to cause further stagnation and heat.

Blood-heat type

  • Clearing acne based on clearing pathogenic heat and cooling of the blood.
  • The acne included in this categories are Inflammatory acne and red papules
  • The herbs used includes Dried rehmannia root, Scutellaria root, Red peony root
  • Formulation of herbs depends on the severity of acne.
  • Talk to the Chinese medicine experts before using any of the suggested herbs.


  • Removing acne is based on reducing the liquid secreted in the mucus membrane and removing pathogenic heat from the organs
  • Mostly effective for cystic acne
  • Herbs used are Scutellaria root, Tangerine peel, Red sage root
  • Formulation of herbs depends on the severity of acne.
  • Talk to the Chinese medicine experts before using any of the suggested herbs.


  • Controlling acne is on the bases of removing toxic substances and pathogenic heat from the blood stream.
  • Most effective for nodular and inflammatory acne.
  • Herbs used are Dandelion flower, Scutellaria root, Dried rehmannia root, Tangerine seed.
  • Formulation of herbs depends on the severity of acne.
  • Talk to the Chinese medicine experts before using any of the suggested herbs.

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