Module 4 - Dermatology

Lombard, Chicago: 13th/14th/15th September 2019

San Francisco: 20st/21st/22nd September 2019


(i) Revision & Test on Previous Module's Material

A quick & fun test to highlight important elements of the previous modules, and an opportunity to ask question to clarify any areas of confusion.

(i) Seborrhoeic Dermatitis*

A very common, chronic form of eczema with a distinctive morphology & distribution (red, sharply marginated lesions covered with a greasy scale) affecting the areas rich in sebaceous glands such as the scalp, face, upper trunk, axillae & groin. The simplest form of seborrhoeic dermatitis is dandruff. Excellent results can be expected when correct formulation is prescribed.

(ii) Impetigo*

On of the commonest bacterial infections seen today. A contagious, acute, though sometimes chronic reoccurring superficial infection of the skin. Quickly and easily managed by using the correct herbs.


(i) Lichen Simplex*

Known as 'Ox Skin Dermatosis' (牛皮癬) in traditional Chinese medicine, Lichen simplex is a persistent & self perpetuating, highly pruritic condition. Very often associated with emotional upset & stress, a localized thickened (lichenified) leathery patch of skin gradually forms in areas that are easily reached by the distressed patient, such as the neck, elbows, genitals & ankles.

(ii) Urticaria*

Amongst the 20 most common skin diseases experienced by as many as 20% of the population. It is characterised by transient, oedematous, itchy papules and wheals. Although the acute form is well treated with biomedicine, the chronic form is not. Chronic urticaria can be dramatically helped with the correct formulation of herbs.


(i) Acne*

Without doubt the commonest and most easily recognised of all skin disorders, acne affects almost everyone in their adolescent years. Not only the bane of teenagers however, acne is often seen in many in their 20's and 30's and frequently has a significant impact on self image. The lecture will include detailed protocols for treating all forms of acne including post adolescent female acne (hormonal acne), nodular cystic acne & acne conglobata. With the correct differentiation and treatment the vast majority of sufferers can be helped using Chinese medicine.

(ii) Nummular Eczema*

Also known as Microbial or Discoid eczema,  it is a very frequently encountered disorder in the clinic, characterised by disc or coin shaped areas of clearly demarcated, itchy patches of acute, sub-acute and chronic dermatitis.

* The following will be covered for each disease -

• Overview, its common and uncommon clinical features, differential diagnosis from other skin disease, patho-mechanism & aetiology.

• Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern differentiation with treatment principles, representative formulae (internal & external) and modifications.

• Numerous case examples with many detailed before, during & after pictures to illustrate in great detail common approaches to treatment with both internal and external formulae, how the prescription is modified to take account the changed circumstances as the patient improves, and finally how consolidation is achieved.


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