Skin Disorders

Non-Healing wounds and chronic ulcers of the skin

These conditions are usually associated with a defective circulation due to varicose veins (which may not always apparent) or atherosclerosis. Ulcers of this types are commonly found near the ankle. It often follows an injury, even a minor one, such as a scratch or an insect bite. Diabetes mellitus and associated disorders may be present.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU20)
Taiyuan (LU 9)
Lieque (LU.7)

For infection:

Dazhui (DU 14)
Quchi (L.I. 11)
Sanyinjiao (SP.6)

Furunculosis (Boils) Acne (Pimples)

FURUNCULOSIS

Furunculosis (collection of boils or furuncles) is caused by infection of the sweat glands or the hair follicles, usually with staphylococci.

ACNE

Acne is a chronic skin disease affecting the sebaceous glands. These glands become excessively active due to hormonal or other imbalances and cause over-production of sebum, with resulting blocking of their openings. This results in the formation of a plug over a small abscess or pimple of partially dried fatty material. This material is liable to bacterial infection (most commonly Staphyloccus albus and Bacillus acnes). As this disorder is believed to be primarily caused by some imbalance in the body, anxiety and psychological disturbances may aggravate the condition. This disorder is quite common during the period of puberty.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Hegu (L.I. 4)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Quchi (L.I. 11)
Sanyinjiao (SP.6)
Chize (LU. 5)
Lieque (LU. 7)

Warts

WARTS

Warts are a benign overgrowth of the outer layer of the skin. Often they disappear without treatment, but those on the sole of the foot are very painful and may become chronic.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Yongquan (K.1)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Quchi (L.I.11)
Sanyinjiao (SP. 6)
Xuehai (SP. 10)
Lieque (Lu. 7)

Urticaria (Nettle Rash, Hives)

URTICARIA (NETTLE RASH, HIVES)

Urticaria is an allergic reaction of the skin caused by sensitivity to various substances, mostly certain foods, and also to drugs such as aspirin penicillin or streptomycin taken orally, applied externally, or administered by injection. Itchy weals develop very suddenly on the skin and heal after a few days, but may appear on another part of skin afterwards. The pruritus may be very severe.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Xuehai (SP.10)
Quchi (L.I.11)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Zusanli (ST. 36)
Sanyinjiao (SP. 6)

If the attack urticaria is prolonged, use the following points:

Chize (Lu. 5)
Weizhong (U.B. 40)

Angioneurotic Edema

ANGIONEUROTIC EDEMA

It is a severe form of urticaria. The swelling becomes severe, affecting the skin of the face, hands or genitals with generalised anaphylactic reaction. The mucous membranes of the nasopharynx and the larynx may be affected causing serious respiratory obstruction and the patient may need urgent intensive care to maintain the potency of the airway.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Xuehai (SP.10)
Quchi (L.I.11)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Zusanli (ST. 36)
Sanyinjiao (SP. 6)

If the attack urticaria is prolonged, use the following points:

Chize (Lu. 5)
Weizhong (U.B. 40)

In severe urticaria, strong stimulation of the following points:

Dushu (U.B.16)
Xuehai (SP.10)

Lymphangitis

LYMPHANGITIS

Local wounds or other sources of sepsis may spread along the lypmh vessels causing them to be inflammed. The regional lymph nodes are also then inflammed. This condition is called lymphangitis. There may be thin red lines in the skin spreading between the wound and the lymph gland.

Swelling of the limb or the affected part may occur. In infestations such as microfilaria, the process becomes become chronic and may result in elephantiasis many years following repeated attacks of lymphangitis.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Quchi (L.I.11)
Sanyinjiao (SP.6)

Points for edema:

Shuifen (Ren 9)
Shimen (Ren 5)
Yinglingquan (SP.9)
Pishu (U.B. 20)

Erysipelas

ERYSIPEALS

It is an acute streptococcal infection of the skin in which there is a spreading inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. It is accompanied by high fever and sometimes produces severe complications such as pneumonia. Antibiotics usually control the infection. In patients who are intolerant of antibiotics, acupuncture may be used.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Dushu (U.B. 16)
Xuehai (SP. 10)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Quchi (L.I. 11)
Sanyinjiao (SP.6)
Taiyuan (LU 9)
Lieque (LU. 9)
Chize (LU. 5)

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

HERPES ZOSTER

It is believed to be caused by the same or similar virus as that which causes chicken pox. At first, there is moderate fever with pain following the path of sensory nerve root originating from the spinal cord or the trigeminal nerve. Then a rash consisting of small vesciles appears along the same path. It usually occurs on the face, chest or abdomen. After a few days, the blisters become crusted and peel off. However, after the herpes attack has subsided there may be persistent severe neuralgic pain in the area supplied by the sensory nerve for months and even years. The pain is usually excrutiating.

TREATMENT;

Baihui (DU 20)
Huatuojiaji (EX. 21)
Hegu (LI.4)
Waiguan (S.J. 5)
Sanyangluo (S.J.8)
Houxi (S.I. 3)
Neiitng (ST. 44)

Eczematous Lesions

ECZEMATOUS LESIONS (DERMATITIS)

This is a non-specific condition arising from the inflammation of the skin, primarily due to any infection, but usually as a result of an allergic reaction in sensitive subjects to substances such as certain foods, and to contact with certain chemicals either directly on the skin or by inhalation. It could also be precipitated by heat, cold and sunlight. Emotional disturbances also play a part.

Initially a rash appears with severe itching. Then the skin breaksout in small vesicles which then rupture and an exudate forms (‘weeping eczema”). At this stage the skin may become infected with bacteria. Pruritus and consequent scratching is liable to spread the infection. The skin may dry up and cracks may appear, or there may be formation of pustules. In the chronic stage, the skin is dry, flaky and may become thickened. The itching and burning sensation may however continue.

TREATMENT:

Baihui (DU 20)
Dazhui (DU 14)
Quchi(L.I.11)
Lieque (LU. 7)
Xuehai (SP.10)

In chronic stage use:

Hegu (L.I. 4)
Dushu (U.B. 16)

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