Skin Problems (Rash)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Skin Problems (Rash)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for skin problems (rash).

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "skin problems (rash)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "skin problems (rash)" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View EX Huatuojiaji at T4 (Sides of Spine at T4)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T4

        T4 innervates the breast and influences the sweat glands and hair follicles, important point for breast cancer in the tam healing system, excessive, irregular or lack of sweat, inability to control body temperature and many skin problems, …
  • View LI 11 (Pool at the Bend)

        At the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease midway between LU 5 and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.

        Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 bigs, combine with LI 1, LI 2 or LI 4. Damp Heat skin diseases, red, itchy, oozing & inflamed (hives, herpes zoster, acne), may be used with UB 40 for any skin disease. ST Excess Issues, …
  • View LU 5 (Cubit Marsh)

        At the cubital crease on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.

        He Sea Point - useful for counterflow Qi/diarrhea, hot skin conditions, phlegm-heat excess. Acute/Chronic or Exterior/Interior Conditions. Upper body edema, enuresis. Local point for the elbow - tendonitis, tennis elbow. Classically no…
  • View UB 40 (Bend Middle)

        Midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons of biceps femoris and semitendinosis.

        As the Lumbar Command Point, useful for all lumbar related issues: acute low back pain, sprain, muscle spasms, etc. Main point for heat conditions such as summer heat, heatstroke and heat exhaustion.  Nightsweats in some cases from defici…

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