Can you tell me ways to effectively treat acne on the face and body?
In Chinese medicine, acne is a sign of pathogenic “heat” in the lungs and
intestines. You need to clear your lungs of the heat, detoxify your
intestines, and balance the exterior of the skin. Do this by avoiding fried,
fatty, oily, spicy foods and stimulants such as coffee, sugar, smoking, and
alcohol. Make sure your bowels are not constipated and flow regularly and
easily. Avoid dairy products, and do not have any chocolate. Begin
incorporating more cooling foods into your diet, such as squash, cucumbers,
honeydew melon (winter melon), celery, beet tops, dandelions, aloe vera,
mulberry leaf, papaya, brown rice, and plenty of water (at least 70 ounces
Try these remedies:
1. Rub water melon rind on the affected areas, and apply aloe vera.
2. Drink dandelion and beet top tea.
3. Roast buckwheat, grind it into a powder, and mix it with rice vinegar
into a paste; apply to affected areas. For oozing acne conditions, apply
pearl barley powder mixed with aloe vera. Leave over night; then, wash in
One additional thing to be aware of: make sure your living and work
environment is free of mold and fungus. These are notorious for entering the
lungs and creating pathogenic heat. Contact a traditional Chinese medicine
practitioner in your area for a more specific treatment plan.
Another very helpful remedy is
Traditions of Tao's
is formulated with Chinese herbs to clear heat
and detoxify the skin.
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
from his website: