Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Skin conditions/Dermatology

The history of treating skin disease with Chinese Medicine can be traced back thousands of years. Ancient records detail treatments to resolve many skin conditions. Amongst the many common conditions identifed are those that would now be described as:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Impetigo
  • Lichen Simplex
  • Urticaria
  • Lichen Planus
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes Zoster

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is the main approach to skin problems. Close examination of the skin, is combined with understanding of Western diagnosis, triggers to disease, severity and duration of disease. This information determines your Chinese Medicine diagnosis which informs your treatment plan.

Herbs are prescribed according to you personal needs and changed over time, as the skin changes. Regular consultations are required to adjust your formula as treatment progresses.

Herbs can offered in different forms, as ready prepared herbal decoctions (tea), raw herbs (which you cook), or as concentrated herbal granules (a modern innovation). Recommendation will be made to suit your personal circumstances and preferences. The cost of herbs will depend on the prescription (type and amount).

Wendy has a postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Medicine Dermatology having studied with Marzin Al-Khafaji of Avicenna, a world-leading expert in Chinese Medicine specialising in Dermatology.


Acupuncture can be particularly beneficial for:

  • pain arising from Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • stress-related skin conditions
  • cosmetic issues

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