Chinese Dermatology (pí fū kē, 皮肤科)


The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is also the most visible and vulnerable organ. Skin conditions are very common nowadays and they are complex and often difficult to treat. They take a longer time to treat and seriously affect the quality of life of the patients due to their appearance.


Chinese Dermatology (pí fū kē, 皮肤科) draws on thousands of years of experience. At the same time it uses recent findings of modern biomedicine, in particular when using Chinese herbal medicine. Experience has shown that many skin diseases can be treated very well with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The history of Chinese Dermatology

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the effects of Chinese herbs and acupuncture have been known for a long time and their effects have been recorded in detail. Detailed descriptions of the treatment of various skin diseases were documented thousands of years ago. Clinical histories and notes from scholars offer a depth of experience we still use today. But time does not stand still. Chinese Dermatology has been further developed and refined over the centuries. It also incorporates the latest scientific findings to explain the mechanisms and actions of TCM in a modern way. Thus, today we can speak about a completely independent and sophisticated specialty, which is very effectively used in the treatment of common and more difficult skin diseases.


The diagnosis in Chinese Dermatology

Diagnosis in TCM is fundamentally different from conventional medicine. Skin diseases are considered in the context of the entire body and its functions. Thus, besides the actual skin disease, factors such as emotions, diet, lifestyle and environment are part of the Chinese diagnosis. By taking the pulse and tongue diagnosis into consideration, the practioner collects information on how the body works in its entirety. Chinese Dermatology does not only work on a superficial level, it treats profound processes that your body’s surface reflects – your skin.


The focus in Chinese Dermatology always lies on the lesion(s), a crucial difference to conventional medicine. The diagnosis of skin diseases according to TCM includes the particular examination of the lesion (duration, location and appearance), the provoking or relieving factors and all associated symptoms such as itching, bleeding, or discharge.


Treatment in Chinese Medicine

Once the diagnosis has been established, an individual treatment plan is created. Treatment with TCM is usually a combination of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. External use, such as washings or creams, and nutritional advice are further options.

Commonly treated skin diseases with TCM

Acne, eczema (atopic dermatitis, atopic eczema, neurodermatitis), psoriasis, dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), pruritus (itching), allergic skin reactions, urticaria (hives), herpes zoster (shingles), herpes labialis (oral herpes), chloasma (skin discoloration), rosacea (facial erythema), vitiligo (leucoderma, depigmentation of parts of the skin).


Please note that complex and chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis, neurodermatitis and vitiligo have evolved over many years. Experience has shown that the treatment will take longer and instant results for this type of diseases can not be expected!


Cosmetic Acupuncture in Chinese Dermatology

Every part of our body needs good blood circulation, moisture, adequate transformation, transportation and elimination of fluids and secretions. If this is not guaranteed, stagnation of dampness is the result which consequently shows in a puffy appearance or skin discolorations (chloasma). Acupuncture is not only about health but also about aesthetics.


Additional specialties

Infertility / Fertility Treatment
Miscellaneous (TCM – General medicine)
Chinese Gynecology