Holistic TCM Dermatology: Rosacea

Are you looking for a natural remedy for rosacea? Something less invasive or risky than laser treatments? Something more deeply effective than facial products, for complete resolution?


Holistic TCM dermatology can do two things very effectively. First, it will clear inflammation and restore immune balance so that rosacea disappears. Second, it will support and balance each individual’s constitution - the unique dynamics that make way for inflammation and immune disturbance in the first place - so rosacea is unlikely to return. In this way, through the use of acupuncture and herbal therapy, Chinese medicine can address the root as well as the branch.


Chinese medicine recognizes certain disease patterns which commonly cause rosacea, such as “heat in the lungs and stomach,” and “blood stasis with heat”. These metaphors account for the quality of the visible inflammation, the location, the factors that make it worse, and the acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments that will make it better. Though two people may experience rosacea due to “blood stasis with heat,” their individual constitutions are unique and their treatments will be different.


The following do not cause rosacea, but commonly make it worse or cause a flare of flushing:

  • Alcohol

  • Spicy food

  • Hot temperature food and drinks

  • Extreme environment temperature changes

  • Wind and sun exposure

  • Exercise

  • Strong emotional response

After a thorough discussion about your skin and lifestyle and health history, a TCM dermatology practitioner will recommend a treatment plan. This may include herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping and gua sha, or short-term dietary, lifestyle, or environmental changes, and it will be different for each person.


To learn more about how holistic TCM dermatology can support you, schedule a free consultation by calling (971) 341-9546, or book it online.

Betsy Gordon Acupuncture in Portland, OR specializes in holistic TCM dermatology and the treatment of digestive, allergic, and autoimmune conditions. She supports individuals across Oregon with stubborn, complex conditions. If you are located outside of Oregon, find a TCM dermatologist near you.


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