Module 1 - Dermatology

DAY ONE:

(i) Introduction to Dermatology

• An overview of the fundamentals of dermatology.

• Lesions - An in-depth description with numerous images of all the primary & secondary lesions that manifest on the skin (such as papules, pustules, lichenification, atrophy, scaling etc), their meaning & significance according to Chinese medicine.

• How to examination the skin including significance of morphology & distribution.

• Pruritis - How it is understood, differentiated & treated in Chinese medicine.

• The Eight Methods of Clearing Heat in Dermatology - Detailed description of the layers that pathological heat occupies in the body, the treatment protocols & important ingredients used to dissipate it.

DAY TWO:

(ii) Psoriasis* (Part I & II)

Psoriasis is one of the commonest and most stubborn diseases of the skin, affecting as many as 3% of the population. With a correct approach to treatment up to 65% of cases can be substantially helped with Chinese medicine.

As well as the the commonest variant of psoriasis known as plaque psoriasis, other forms of  such as guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis & erythrodermic psoriasis will also be included.

DAY THREE:

(i) Psoriasis* (Part III)

 Continuation of previous day's lecture.

(ii) Perioral Dermatitis*

A distinctive inflammatory eruption primarily affecting young women. It is characterised by pale red macular-papular eruption around the mouth, nose and eyes. As with acne this condition is very amenable to treatment, with the vast majority of cases resolving rapidly once a correct formula is prescribed.

* 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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