Alternative medicine often is not the first avenue you may consider for your skin disorders, but perhaps it is one you should try!  Often times we throw product upon product on our skin in hopes of hiding blemishes, scars, and rashes.  It's time to treat from the inside out!  Chinese medicine works by understanding where the imbalances lie that are causing the skin condition and treating the body from the deepest level.  The Lungs in Chinese medicine are often involved in skin conditions- have you noticed that asthma and eczema often co-present themselves?  We can strengthen your Lung Qi through acupuncture and Chinese herbs as well as balance all other contributing organs and factors.  The environmental qualities of where you live can definitely play a role (think about the dryness here in the Vail Valley and how your skin reacts when visiting a more humid climate) as well as dietary factors.  Your practitioner can discuss with you many avenues of treatment and provide valuable advice on how to better your skin conditions.  Below are some conditions we see regarding dermatology at Vail Valley Wellness.

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Rashes
  • Keloid scars
  • Cellulite
  • Rosacea
  • Herpes zoster (shingles)
  • Urticaria (hives)

Acne

Have you or a loved one been struggling with acne?  It’s an issue for over 60 million Americans, 20% of which are adults.  And it goes beyond cosmetics.  Acne manifests for a number of reasons- whether it be from poor diet, hormone imbalances, or excess toxins in the body.  Every individual experiences a different degree of acne that needs to be addressed in an unique way.  Chinese herbal medicine is the perfect place to begin (or supplement) a current acne-fighting regimen!  By using formulas that are specific to each patient, the herbs can address the organs that are overworking or under-working in an effort to restore balance and clear the skin. 

Chinese medicine looks at acne largely as an accumulation of dampness or heat.  The “dampness” can be caused by imbalances in the Intestines or Stomach.  The “heat” can come from toxins, blood stasis, or an attack on the Lungs.  Using internal herbs (as opposed to a topical treatment) is important because the imbalance tends to be directly related to the health of the internal organs. 

One herb used to combat the appearance of acne is Lu Hui, commonly known as aloe, which is bitter, cold, and non-toxic so it can enter the Lung channel, clear heat, permeate the skin, and kill bacteria.  It also helps with tissue regeneration.   Lu Hui contains saccharides, amino acids, vitamins, and trace minerals that are essential to the healing of the skin.  This is a great herb for an acne condition that is presenting with more heat than dampness.  If you are interested in learning more and want to try an herbal formula to fight your acne, please contact Vail Valley Wellness.