Skin & Digestive Health
TCM Theory For SKin & Digestion Health
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help multiple health ailments, including Skin and Digestive problems. As we all know, TCM and Acupuncture aim to treat the root cause of any health concern that our patients have. What we find clinically is that digestion issues often show up on our faces as redness, acne, and rosacea.
The Chinese Medicine diagnosis for this pattern is called Stomach Heat. Patients may have accompanying symptoms of whiteheads, blackheads, oiliness, tendency to eat large amounts of food, dry mouth, dry tongue, dry stools, and red tongue.
Whether or not your skin issues are related to digestion, we will do a thorough assessment and treat according to the patterns you have. We typically will perform body points to cool down the heat and improve digestion as well as local facial points to increase heat venting and accelerate the healing process.
You can massage these 2 acupuncture points at home during your self-care routine for radiant skin and healthy digestion:
Large Intestine 4 (He Gu) is the biggest Qi-mover point on our body. We can use this point to stimulate digestion and elimination. It also stimulates the meridians on the face, therefore helping us achieve better skin.
Stomach 36 (Zu San Li) is the main point Acupuncturists use for improving digestion. You can massage this point at home to balance appetite, improve digestion, and strengthen your body.
At Healing with Zen, we create herbal formulas customized to your conditions and needs. Here is a list of some of the herbs that we would include in your formulas for digestion health and skin health:
1 Ginseng (Ren Shen)
2 Angelica sinensis (Dang Gui)
3 Rehmannia glutinosa (Di Huang)
4 Atractylodes macrocephala (Bai Zhu)
5 Poria Mushroom (Fu Ling)
6 Cuscuta chinensis (Tu Si Zi)
7 White Peony (Bai Shao)
Shen, D.-H. (2007). Manual of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine. Eastland Press.