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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Dermatology 

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Dermatology
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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Dermatology
Author(s):

Kachiu Lee

and Peter Lio

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0007
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date: 30 May 2020

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on balancing natural functions and components of the body, composed of five phases: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. It emphasizes individualized treatments and diagnosis based on a person’s yin and yang, using a combination of oral or topical herbal preparations. Acupuncture, using various locations and methods, is a promising modality of treatment for acne based on observational studies. The nature of TCM diagnosis precludes easy comparison of treatment methods for the Western conception of these diseases.

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