Skin disorders in their various forms are amongst the commonest of diseases suffered by mankind, accounting for no less than 20% of all visits to outpatient departments in the Western world.
Chinese medicine has a very significant role to play in treating a huge range of such conditions, particularly chronic disorders such as atopic eczema and psoriasis that prove so difficult to manage satisfactorily with biomedicine.
The skin is our largest organ, encompassing around 10% of total body weight. It is also our first line of defence – from shielding against external bacteria, viruses and pollutants to providing a passageway for the elimination of internal toxins and waste. This critical function, TCM advises, is enabled by healthy respiratory, digestive, and immune systems. Poor diet, exposure to excess pollution, heat or cold, stress and deprived sleep all compromise these systems. Energy (Qi) imbalance occurs, whether deficient or excessive; health is undermined and skin inevitably suffers.
Modern life – both personal and professional – undoubtedly exerts an increasing level of demands. As instances of stress, depression, weight and digestive problems continue to rise, our Clinic has correspondingly seen a sharp increase in those experiencing acute skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis and acne. Weary of short-lived relief from conventional creams, tablets, injectable medicines and even immuno-suppressants – and, moreover, disenchanted by undesirable side effects of certain treatments – our patients seek an alternative antidote to their modern skin concerns.
Herbal therapy is core to our philosophy. Indeed, the secret to its power and efficacy lies in understanding how distinct botanical combinations successfully address not only visible symptoms but also the underlying system imbalances. And, while you may question how age-old plant extracts could possibly compete with leading western medicine, millennia of results substantiating their results on a myriad of skin concerns are surely too compelling to ignore.
We proudly include Chinese herbs in our skincare treatments, harnessing their healing and balancing qualities through both our leading TCM expertise and over three decades of dermatological experience.