Canterbury Acupuncture

Skin Disease

Skin disease can be highly debilitating with symptoms such as itching, sleep disturbance and pain causing considerable upset to the sufferer’s life. It can also cause tremendous social embarrassment and real emotional distress and very often these aspects outweigh the actual physical discomfort.

Chinese Medicine can be remarkably effective in the treatment of skin diseases including:

  • Chronic conditions such as eczema (atopic, nummular, stasis, pompholyx), acne, rosacea, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, urticaria, vitiligo and lichen simplex.
  • Acute outbreaks of impetigo, herpes zoster (shingles) and herpes simplex.

The treatment of skin disease is one of the areas in which I have a particular interest and I spent part of my post-graduate training in the Dermatology Out Patients Department of the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine observing Dr Huang Ying, Dr Tang Ding-Shu and Professor Zhong Yie Zi

IMAGE – DR ZHONG’s clinic
Dr Zhong with Dr Huang on his right in clinic. His reputation as a dermatologist is such that everyone in the room apart from my interpreter and the patient whose pulse he is taking is either a dermatologist trained by him or a post-graduate student under his supervision.

In the UK, I have recently completed further specialist study in this area with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology – an intensive 11-day course given by Mazin Al-Khafaji, a highly respected Doctor of Chinese Medicine who specialises in the treatment of dermatological and auto-immune conditions. This excellent and highly demanding course covered the diagnosis, pattern differentiation and treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine of 17 of the most commonly seen skin diseases and concluded with a gruelling 5 hours of examinations. Good old-fashioned education - that's fine by me!

Where we practice

We practice in Canterbury and Whitstable

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