Essence & Qi Blog
Traditonal Chinese Medicine and Dry Skin/Winter Skin
By Steve Goodman
Do you know what the largest organ in the body is? It is not your heart, your liver, or even the lungs - it's your skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine understands that the approach to healthy skin in the winter, or any time of the year for that matter - starts from the inside out.
Skin care has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the West, yet most of these products contain drugs or harsh chemicals that often do little to improve the root cause of a skin condition, and in some circumstances may actually exacerbate the problem. Traditional Chinese Medicine on the other hand uses the same natural remedies and techniques that have worked for thousands of years. In fact "dermatology" is an actual specialty of practitioners of TCM. Rather than simply applying a treatment to the skin, the TCM approach is to address the internal problem, allowing the skin on the outside to then heal itself.
TCM sees the body as system of interrelated parts. In TCM all disorders, including dry or winter skin, which on the surface my seem to be caused by external forces - actually have their root causes in internal imbalances between Qi, blood flow, yin, yang, and blockages of different energy pathways within the body. In conditions such as dry or Winter Skin, TCM recognizes that there are external environmental pathological forces at work, but these environmental factors invade the body and influence the internal imbalances.
To Treat Dry Skin the TCM Practioner would seek to:
Other natural remedies for Dry or Winter Skin include: