Dermatits and Chinese Medicine  

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Contact Dermatitis - Irritant Dermatitis

This type of skin condition is a reaction to substance which the skin came in contact with. Primarily caused by coming into contact with a chemical irritant which causes a reaction from redness to extreme swelling, possible burning and formation of vesicular eruptions. Usually the dermatitis is localized to the area exposed to the irritant but can also show whole body symptoms such as hives, whole body puffiness, redness, fevers and headaches. The reaction can occur immediately or up to 10 days after the exposure.


Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Contact Dermatitis:

Toxic Heat with Accumulation Of Dampness

Headache, fever, irritable, palpitations, red-burning eruptions with watery b ers and ending in scabs. The whole course usually takes place within 2 weeks

Herbal Formula: Hua Ban Jie Du Tang


Wind Heat - more whole body symptoms of puffiness, swelling and hot skin, Itchiness may be more prominant in this type than others.

Herbal FormulaXiao Feng San  or  Xu Fen Qing Re Tang


EXTERIOR treatment for Contact Dermatitis

Qing Dai Cream or corn silk juice



Drug Toxicity Dermatitis

Any herb or pharmaceutical drug which causes an acute skin inflammation. The toxicity may stay incubated within the body for up to 20 days before rising to the surface. They will give rise to a measle like rash with burning, itching and possible liver, kidney or heart damage and/or pain.


Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Drug Toxicity Dermatitis:

Blood Heat

skin red, red eruptions, most eruptions appear on abdomen

Herbal Formula:Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang


Toxic Heat

whole body red, red eruptions, large pieces of peeling skin (like sun burn)

Herbal FormulaQing Ying TangQing Wen Bai Du Yin


Wind Heat

Histamine like, whole body puffiness and swelling

Herbal Formula: Xiao Feng Qing Re Yin


Blood Stasis

dark purple skin with b ers

Herbal Formula: Tong Qiao Huo Xue Tang and Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang + blood movers.


Low Jiao Damp Heat

eruptions on lower body

Herbal Formula: Long Dan Xie Gan Tang or Dao Chi San


EXTERNAL  Treatment For Dermatitis-

Qing Dai Powder, Di Yu, Huang BaiMa Chi Xian herbal bath


Neural Dermatitis 

Related Closely With Psoriasis Thick flaking, itching skin usually found around the neck but can also appears else where (thigh, sacrum, cubital crease). Most commonly appears in people from the ages of 20-40 years of age. It usually begins with gradual itching of a flat surface area of skin which gradually swells and grows bigger with a clear edge. The eruptions can usually be linked to stress and are commonly aggravated at night.


Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Neural Dermatitis

Wind Damp Heat

slight fluid discharge with healing scabs, usually acute condition

Herbal FormulaXiao Feng San


Blood Deficiency With Wind Dryness

dry thick flaking skin, chronic condition

Herbal Formula: Dang Gui Yin Zi,   Si Wu Xiao Feng San,  

Herbs - Zhen Zhu Mu,  Dai Zhi Shi, Mu LI, Ye Jiao Teng, Wu Wei Zi + with stress

EXTERNAL Treatment:

Da Huang, Huang Lian, Huang Bai = triple yellow application


Western Medicine Treatment - cortisol cream


Seborrheic Dermatitis

Inflammatory scaling disease of the scalp, face and occasionally other areas of the body. This disorder usually effects areas with a high density of large oil glands due to pityrosporum yeasts that breaks oil products down creating inflammation. The skin becomes increasingly oily and itchy and scabs will form during the healing process. 3 types - dry - oily - infant


Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Seborrheic Dermatitis:


Damp Heat

oozing skin reactions that are red and hot to the touch.  Leaking fluid is often thick and yellow and may have a bad smell.   

Herbal FormulaYin Chen Hao Tang


Wind Heat and Blood Dryness

Dry flaking itchy skin with minimal discharge.   

Herbal Formula: Dang Gui Yin Zi + blood tonics EXTERNAL -Ce Bai Ye Tang


Other Treatments for Dermatitis 

-Oatmeal application

-Avoid stimulants (sweet, pungent, alcohol, caffeine)

-try to keep regular Bowel Movements


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