Skin Diseases In Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Unique System Of Etiology

Author

Dr. Seyed Javad Hosseini, International Foundation for Dermatology, Institute of Dermatology of Cams, No.12, Jiang Wang Miao Road, Nanjing, 210042, China

Proceeding

1st International Conference & Exhibition on Women's Health & Asian Traditional (WHAT) Medicine

Date

23/8/2005

Keyword

skin diseases, traditional chinese medicine, therapeutic effects

Abstract

Traditional systems of health and medicine have contributed much to the preservation and restoration of skin health whether in the form of treatment of diseases affecting the skin or in an attempt to make it more beautiful and presentable. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one such system and since ancient times it has offered treatment and cosmetic services to a great number of people. In order to understand the mechanisms and therefore treatment methodologies of clinical TCM or the “ins and outs” of the cosmetic use of the TCM, an understanding of its unique outlook on the causes and pathogenesis of skin diseases according to the theories of TCM seems essential. Research in TCM did not discover pathogens such as bacteria or viruses. Pathogenic factors were rather determined by observation and analysis of clinical manifestations in the light of ancient Chinese philosophy. This made for a unique system of etiology which, though not sounding entirely “scientific” from the point of view of Biomedicine, has nevertheless been useful and effective in clinical practice due to its significant therapeutic effects. This paper briefly introduces the unique system of etiology of skin diseases in TCM and discusses the pathological changes caused by the seven categories of etiological factors causing skin diseases as well their clinical manifestations.