Sunday, 4 March 2012

TCM Physician Treatment for Acne in Singapore










Acne is most common in teenagers. Three out of ten teenagers have some acne. Western doctors believe that hormonal changes may be the cause of acne.

From my experience treating acne cases, I find that Chinese herbal medicine is very effective in the treatment of acne.  For normal acne cases, it normally takes about two to three months to get well. For severe acne cases, it may take a little longer. Together with acupuncture treatment, acne gets cured faster.

Basically, we treat from the inside (meaning inside of the body).  TCM believes that it is due to the “heatiness” of the lung and one must refrain from taking too much chilli, peanuts, chocolates and cold drinks. We also treat from the outside (meaning on the surface/face). We give them cream to apply on their face too. But more importantly, it is the Chinese medicine that clears the toxin in the body.

The difference in eczema and acne are:

Eczema
Acne
Dry skin
Oily skin
Itchy/Very itchy
Not itchy
Reddish and has no pus
Not so reddish and has pus
Appears on the body (especially on the limbs)
Appears on the face


One young man, age 27, came to see me for his acne. He told me that he was a singer and was working in a night club in Clarke Quay. He said he came from China. Before he came to Singapore, he never had acne. He said that as a singer, he must have a good appearance and he could not afford to have acne on his face. So, through his friend’s recommendation, he came to see me. I gave him one month’s supply of Chinese herbal medicine (in powder form). He took it faithfully. He came back again after he finished the medicine. His condition improved. I prescribed him another month of Chinese herbal medicine.  I told him that he should be well after this.  However, he came back again on the third month, telling me that his acne was all gone.  But occasionally, his face may pop out a few acnes especially if he drank more alcohol and ate many peanuts. He said he wanted to look good and wanted the acne to disappear completely from his face. Therefore, he wished to have another month of medicine. I prescribed him another month of medicine and he was well after that.

Besides him, there were many young boys and girls also came to see me for their acne.  They too wanted to look good. Most of them were working people in their twenties who could afford to pay for themselves. Only a few teenagers were brought in by their parents… these parents were concerned about their children’s looks.


Many acne/pimples sufferers come for acupuncture, especially the girls. They said after several treatments of acupuncture, acne seems to subside better and less "pop out". I always advise them not to squeeze the acne and let it "ripen" itself, then let out the pus. This way, the face is unlikely to have scars.  Many of my patients were not willing to let us take pictures of their acne.

We also do acupuncture for eye bags, wrinkles and rosacea. The cost for acupuncture is $22 to $28 per session.

We also do facial treatment which is $35 per session.  The facial treatment include cleansing, facial massage, taking out of black heads and finally facial mask for the face.


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Forty Types of illnesses/cases    
1) Skin diseases—Eczema (湿疹), Atopic Dermatitis(变应性湿疹);  
2)  Hidradenititis Suppurativa (化脓性汗腺炎);
3)  Hives, Urticaria (麻疹);
4) Shingles (带状疱疹), Herpes Zoster, Postherpetic Neuralgia (带状疱疹神经痛);
5) Acne, pimples (痤疮), rosacea, Seborrheic Dermatitis (脂溢性皮炎;
6) Psoriasis (银屑病);
7) Hair Loss (脱发), Alopecia Areata (鬼剃头), Baldness (光秃);
8) Weight management ( 体重管理 ), Obesity ( 肥胖 ), Slimming (减肥);
9) Retinitis Pigmentosa RP (视网膜色素变性), Night Blindness (夜盲症), 
           Age-related Macular Degeneration AMD (老年性视网膜病变), 
           Retinal Degeneration (视网膜退化病变);
     10)  Glaucoma (青光眼), Cataract (白内障), Dropping Eye Lids (眼睑下垂);
     11)  Dry Eyes (干眼症), Itchy Eyes (眼痒症) , Eye Discharge (眼屎);
     12) Gastritis (胃炎), Bloatedness (胃胀), Flatulence (胀气);
     13)  Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS (过敏性肠综合症);
     14)  Infertility (不孕不育) , Menstrual Pain (经痛), Irregular Menstruation (月经不调), Amenorrhea (闭经);
 15)  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS (多囊卵巢综合症), Cervical Polyps (宫颈息肉),
             Endometriosis (子宫内膜异位症),Fibroids (子宫肌瘤;)
     16)  Cancer (肿瘤癌症)- Lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, nose cancer, 
            breast cancer, womb cancer, ovary cancer, stomach cancer;
      17)  Sprain and Injuries (铁打损伤);
      18)  Back Pain (Lumbo-Sacral Spondylosis)(腰痛,椎间盘压迫症), 
      Neck Pain (Cervical Spondylosis)(颈项痛颈椎病);
      19)  Knee Pain (膝盖痛), Swollen Knee (膝盖肿痛);
      20)  Child Therapeutic Massage (小儿推拿), Persistent Cough (久咳);
      21)  Poor appetite (胃纳不佳) for Adults and Children;
      22)  Asthma ( 哮喘 ), Sinusitis (鼻窦炎 ), Rhinitis (鼻炎), Breathing Difficulties  (呼吸困难);
      23)  Rheumatoid Arthritis (类风湿关节炎), Osteoarthritis (骨性关节炎), Arthritis (关节炎);
      24)  Constipation (便秘) for Adults and Children;
      25)  Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Diabetes (糖尿病);
      26)  Hypertension (高血压);
      27)  Urinary Infection (尿道感染), Frequency of Urine (尿频);
      28)  Insomnia (不寐 ), Anxiety (焦虑), Depression (忧郁症);
      29)  Goiter (瘿瘤), Hyperthyroidism (甲状腺亢进), Hypothyroidism (甲状腺低下 ).

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