Dr. Sun Shi Dao has worked over 40 years in the Traditional Medicine China. He stands out for its deep knowledge in both modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, especially in the field of dermatology. Below we present an overview of their experience in the treatment of acne.
Although this is a minor disorder, acne turns out to be a problem for many young people. In addition to itching, a burning sensation and distention in the face, patients concerned about their appearance so that acne can lead to a lack of self-esteem, depression and reduced social communication. For this reason, those affected are constantly looking for acne treatment, which has led to the manufacture of various medicines for oral and topical administration. Dr. Sun believes that the appearance of acne is the result of joint action of various etiological factors and treatment should focus on the individual situation of each patient.
Dazzling pulmon Drenar Heat Lung and stomach, nourishing and cool blood
Taking as a reference the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the pathological mechanism of acne, Dr. Sun Shi Tao stresses that the lung is the highest ranked Viscera and internal organ that controls skin and hair. Acne often affects the skin of the face which is also the highest position of the human body. So the acne treatment should begin the lung. The stomach is responsible for receiving food, get the food digested and transform food into chyme. In most patients with acne disease is related to food intake fat that produces an alteration of the function of processing and reduction of the stomach. Stagnation eventually becomes excessive heat in the Yang Ming Meridian leading to constipation and the appearance of acne murky heat up the skin.
Acne vulgaris dominates clinical and manifests itself pimples and red bumps sometimes accompanied by purulent papules, pustules and small oily skin are all signs of heat blood. According to The Revelations of the Mystery of External Diseases are “attributes the main cause of acne in the stagnant heat in the Blood.” Consequently Dr. Sun considers the disease as heat accumulation in lung and stomach so must purge Heat lung and stomach, nourish yin and cool blood.
In the acute phase, treatment is to remove heat and toxins and purge the heat and stomach cancer with high doses of Lonicera japonica (Jin Yin Hua), Chrysanthemum indicum (Ye Ju Hua), Scutellaria baicalensis (Huang Qin), Gardenia jasminoides (Zhi Zi) Anemarrhena asphodeloides (Zhi Mu), Taraxacum mongolicum (Pu Gong Ying) Campsis Chinensis (Ling Xiao Hua) and Houttuynia cordata (Yu Xing Cao). A Phase intermisión, the treatment aims to nourish Yin, cool Blood and removes the heat of lung and stomach paragraph which if administered drugs such as Rehmannia glutinosa (Sheng Di Huang) raw Scrophularia ningpoensis (Xuan Shen) , Ophiopogon japonica (Mai Dong) Polygonatum odoratum (Zhu Yu) Lithospermum erythrorhizon (Zi Cao) and Paeonia suffruticosa (Mu Dan Pi).
The two phases of the disease in the scheme if they have regular Add Drug stomach and digestion Crataegus cuneata Enable (Shan Zha) and Cox-Lachryma jobis (Yi Yi Ren).
Blood refresh disperse blood stasis and reduce the TAN catabolizar nodules
Dr. Sun understands persistent injury to the skin or acne prolonged accumulation in lung heat and can lead to formation of stomach How to mix with the blood stasis can cause stagnation of Qi and local blood in the meridians and collaterals. Another possibility would be to attack Wind-Heat in an organization that already has a TANHumedad stagnation and blood stasis where eventually affecting the skin causing not only the appearance of red papules and pustules and nodules but also small cysts.
According to TCM differentiation surgery is said without erythema nodules are due to the accumulation of TAN while nodules dark red and hard consistency, painless or slightly painful are due to blood stasis.
For these patients is recommended to purge the Heat in Lung and stomach, activating blood circulation and eliminating stasis catabolizar to reduce the TAN nodules, administering high doses of Prunella vulgaris (Ku Xiao Cao), Fritillaria verticillata (Zhe bei Mu), Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen), Prunus persica (Tao Ren) and Curcuma Zedo (I Zhu). Besides the emollient effect dissolving the nodules Prunella vulgaris (Ku Xiao Cao) and Fritillaria verticillata (Zhe Bei Mu) eliminate heat and reduce heat. Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen) is bitter and cold not only activates blood circulation, but also cools the blood and reassuring. Prunus persica (Tao Ren) penetrates the intestine meridian, activates blood circulation and dissolving nodules removes heat through depositions, as the lung and intestine were related internal-external. The powerful effect that presents Curcuma Zedo (I Zhu) to activate blood circulation, strengthens the effect of dissolving the nodules and also eliminates undigested food. Therefore, we see Dr. Sun considers the causal factors of acne addition to selecting drugs that activate blood circulation to give a comprehensive treatment of the disease.
Some female patients with acne may notice more rashes before menstruation. These patients present cycle irregularities, dysmenorrhea, irritability, emotional lability and depression. Dr. Sun argues that this type of acne is related to liver Qi blockage becomes impaired Fire and Chong Mai and Ren Mai. Chong Mai, Ren Mai and Du Mai have the same origin is closely linked to liver and kidney that controls menstruation, vaginal discharge, pregnancy and childbirth. Inquiring as mentioned in the Properties of Things Kidney stored basal substance, and allows the free flow of Liver Qi. Only when enough stores Kidney and liver basal substance can then activate Qi Chong and Ren Mai Mai are in balance.
Modern clinical research has proven that acne is related to the secretion of sex hormones and the secretion can be affected by excessive emotional disturbances. The high level of androgen hormones is one of the most important etiological factors of acne. Therefore, to treat patients with acne alterations Chong Mai and Ren Mai, besides eliminating toxins and heat needed to administer drugs that regulate Chong and Ren Mai Mai to alleviate symptoms and strengthen the therapeutic effects.
Transferring research achievements into clinical practice
Dr. Sun believes that modern research on theoretical medicine acne pathological mechanisms are quite advanced, but there are many new drugs their therapeutic effects are not very satisfactory medical treatment because of their serious side effects. Treatment with Chinese Medicine can achieve remarkable therapeutic effects to be based on the differentiation of syndromes and its regulatory effect on the homeostasis of the human body. In the acne treatment with traditional Chinese medicine can improve results if they can integrate the latest achievements of modern medical research on acne with research achievements of Chinese drugs in the therapeutic strategy by adding some or agents that block. Western medicine suggests that acne may be related to a major etiologic factors and additional triggers. Among the main factors include the overactive cells of Leydig and overactive sebaceous glands, follicular keratosis movie, certain microorganisms located in the unit and sebaceous hair follicle and an immune reaction in the patient. Moreover counted as triggers or aggravating acne inheritance, ingestion of certain drugs, profession, environment, improper use of cosmetics, diet, constipation, fatigue and mental stress .
From the above we can conclude that Chinese drugs that eliminate heat and toxins not only have an antibiotic effect, but also regulate the strength of resistance and enhance phagocytosis of leukocytes are removed so that bacteria and pathogens . It has been proven that soy beans, Eclipta prostrata (Han Lian Cao), Pueraria lobata (Ge Gen), Cyperus rotundus (Xiang Fu), Rubus chingii (Fu Pen Zi) Erigera breviscapus (Deng Zhan Hua), parsley and flax oil have estrogen effects. Among the drugs that reduce fat significantly are Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen), Crataegus cuneata (Shan Zha) Polygonatum cuspidatum (Hu Zhang), Ligustrum lucidum (Nu Zhen Zi), Polygonum multiflorum (He Shou Wu) and Alisma orientalis (Ze Xie).
In the acne treatment based on differentiation of syndromes, Dr. Sun often choose drugs that have proven effective according to the results of modern research, dietary advice given to patients about appropriate vegetables like bitter cucumber, celery and cucumber and thus achieve very good therapeutic results significantly reducing the percentage of relapses.