The Lotus Center of Ann Arbor - Acupuncture & Integrative Healthcare

Skin Conditions

For thousands of years, traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have used acupuncture and herbs to treat a wide variety of common skin ailments. That same wisdom can be effectively applied today.  Though skin conditions are among some of the most stubborn and difficult to treat, we at the Lotus Center have extensive experience in treating these challenging issues.

Skin diseases are often caused by both internal and external factors.
In diagnosing skin conditions, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors. By taking the pulse, asking in-depth questions, and observing the tongue and skin, our practitioners will diagnose the condition according to patterns caused by internal disharmonies, such as lack of Qi and blood, or environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness, and heat. Stress, diet, and the individual’s constitution also contribute to these patterns.


Acupuncture and Chinese herbs treat skin diseases in a unique manner. The treatment and diagnosis are tailored to each person’s symptoms. Depending on the condition, treatment may involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or both. Often, one treatment cycle is once or twice a week for 12 weeks. Some conditions will clear rapidly, but others may take longer.

  • Eczema: Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic allergic reaction which causes the skin to become red, inflamed, intensely itchy, and in some cases to blister. People who have eczema often also have asthma and allergies. All of these conditions can be treated effectively with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The goal of the treatment is to clear heat, dispel the wind and dampness, and move the blood.
  • Other conditions: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can also be used to treat psoriasis, shingles, acne, vitiligo, uticaria (hives), warts, rosacea, and dermatitis.

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