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Skin Overview

It is estimated that 1 in 5 of all outpatient visits to doctors in the United States are made for dermatological complaints. Despite this need, Western medicine is often unable to find long-term treatments that are both safe and effective. Chinese medicine treats skin conditions safely and obtains significant, lasting results. How do we do it?

1. Chinese medicine treats the individual. We care as much about the person who has the disease as we do about the disease, itself. We do not have a magical Chinese eczema potion that we dole out to each eczema case. We do have a complex way of understanding your physiology, and we use that to make sense of why you have the symptoms you have. We then match individual formulations to your specific skin condition, changing the formula as your skin improves, until we've escorted it out of your system and bolstered you against recurrences.

2. Chinese medicine has a proven track-record--of several thousand years. Chinese medicine isn’t good just because it’s old; it’s old because it’s good. Chinese medicine wouldn’t be here, thriving, several thousand years after its inception if it didn’t continue to be relevant and effective. When you choose Chinese medicine, you choose a comprehensive system of medicine that’s been studied, deepened, and expanded upon for millennia by the brightest medical minds of the East (and, more recently, of the West, as well).

3. Chinese medicine is safe. Many modern medical treatments for skin disease are relatively new, and their long-term health consequences are still not fully known. Immunosuppressants, steroids, and antibiotics are all incredibly valuable, life-saving medicines--but their power does not come without consequence. Chinese medicine offers a safe avenue to pursue before venturing into the land of the experimental or detrimental.

Click here to read more about the basics of Chinese medicine and skin disease from an article we wrote for Essential Living Maine Magazine. Our practitioner, Alexa Gilmore, was also recently interviewed for the Chinese medicine podcast A Healthy Curiosity, discussing her approach to treating skin disease. Take a listen!


Skin diseases that are effectively treated with Chinese herbal medicine include (but are not limited to) those on the list below.

Eczema: childhood eczema, atopic eczema (allergic), discoid eczema, pompholyx eczema (palms soles), stasis eczema (varicose), seborrhoeic dermatitis/eczema (including dandruff), contact and allergic dermatitis, ichthyosis

Psoriasis (plaque, guttate, pustular, erythrodermic, arthritic), parapsoriasis (digitate dermatosis)

Urticaria, angioedema

Acne: teenage acne, post adolescent female acne, nodular-cystic acne (acne conglobata)

Rosacea & perioral dermatitis, polymorphic light eruption (sun allergy)

Itchy conditions such as lichen simplex (neurodermatitis), nodular & subacute prurigo, generalised itching with no rash etc.

Cheilitis; exfoliative cheilitis

Viral and bacterial disease: impetigo, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, warts, molluscum contagiosum, pityriasis rosea

Fungal and yeast infection, ringworm of the body, groin, axilla, fungal infection of the feet, hands, nails, pityriasis versicolor, candida albicans

Vitiligo, melasma (chloasma)

Lichen planus (simple and hypertrophic), panniculitis.


ATX Dermatology
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Skin Overview - ATX Dermatology in South Portland, ME