I have always been curious about Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) because they use mixture of herbs to help the body and the skin function correctly. So, I was so excited when to take a class Sandra Lanshin Chiu about TCM at the WELL Summit last October in Brooklyn, NY. Sandra is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Skin Specialist, Treatment by Lanshin
Chinese Medicine in a very short nutshell -
Chinese medicine is about finding ways to live your life in a better way.
- Herbs are primarily in this type of medicine.
- It takes 4-6 months when using TCM for your skin to recover. TCM doesn't not relieve the symptoms; its goal is to restore and reestablish regular functioning of the organ. TCM focuses on blood circulation.
- Puffy face might be due tension in the body. What we think is fat is sometimes just fluid stock. Try Facial Gua Sha at home watch the video here!
[ ] Amplify or restore your skin's natural function.
[ ] Once you are treated for acne - you should not have it back.
[ ] Eczema might come back, so it is in remission
[ ] Creating the internal root condition of your skin. It looks at the whole system to see if it functions well.
[ ] Chinese medicine read the skin
[ ] Blood heat Look at your blood systems and circulation including period
[ ] Toxic heat
[ ] Type of inflammation
[ ] Herbs and seeds are cooked
How to identify a good TCM practitioner? Ask them: Do you test your herbs for toxicity? Is your facility FDA approved?
TCM and Rejuvenation of the skin -
We tend to think that having a skin problem has always to do with gut issues, but it is not always the case. It could be from the digestive system.
In Chinese medicine, your skin is your other lung. So respiratory system is important. TCM does internal [Internal Therapy] and external medicine at the same time.
TCM also uses facial acupuncture to relax the muscles so you skin can go back to function well; it resets your skin.