Acne affects many young people’s face that is the most important area in the important stage. Young people is more vulnerable to the medicine. This is why I am comparing the Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine in the treatment of acne.
Benzoyl peroxide, Retinoids, Antibiotics, Hormonal Agents, Laser and Light therapy are used to treat Acne in Western Medicine usually to take the medicine for 2-6 months. However, the side effects will come with the normal dosage. Benzoyl peroxide will increase skin photosensitivity, dryness, redness and occasional peeling; Retinoids will have dryness and irritation. skin color changes. sensitivity to sunlight. redness, swelling, crusting, or blistering; Antibiotic with no doubt will have many side effects; Hormonal agents will cause fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight gain, treatment-induced menopause, hot flashes, breast swelling or tenderness, fertility problems, muscle or joint pain, blood clots, osteoporosis, etc. Laser and Light therapies which can not treat the cause can also have the side effects such as headache, eyestrain, nausea, insomnia, and hyperactivity, premature aging of the skin and an increased possibility for skin cancer development later in life. These will harm to an adult and more harm to an young person. Young people is more vulnerable to these treatment.
Chinese Medicine treat Acne by holistic way. It take whole view of body condition. Acne is the only one sign of imbalance of the body. Chinese Medicine will find out What imbalance, Where the imbalance is, Why the imbalance occur, How the imbalance will develop?
Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture, ear pellets, cupping, moxibustion, natural herbs, etc, to treat Acne. Chinese herbs are the medicine which are natural, low or no side effects. Research on the Chinese herbs which are usually used in the treatment of Acne. There are Loquat Leaf, Cortex Mori, Coptis Root, Amur Corktree Bark, Ginseng, Liquorice Root, Rheum officinale Baill, Baical Skullcap Root, Seedling of Virgate Wormwood, Fruit of Cape Jasmine, Tuber of Pinellia, Tangerine Peel, Tuckahoe, Peach Seed, Safflower, Chinese Angelica, Radix Paeoniae Alba, Prepared rhizome of Adhesive Rehmannia, Rhizome of Szechuan Lovage. All of them have no side effect even at the dosage of 20 times of treatment dosage.
In Australia, a Chinese Medicine Practitioner needs at least 4 years university study and training to have a qualification to conduct Chinese Medicine treatment. Choosing around 10 herbs from 300-400 common herbs to make the formula to treat different Acne needs special skill. Choosing around 10-20 acupuncture points from more than 360 acupuncture points and the technique on needling at different point also need many years training.