Chinese medicine is based on the concept of sense of balance of energy Yin and Yang. This concept was further developed into few other sub concepts such as three elementary substances, five elements, six natural forces, seven emotional factors, eight major symptoms, twelve internal organs, fourteen meridians, and other philosophies.
In other parts of the world, the primary causes of a disease are attributed to bacteria and viruses, whereas in China, it is attributed to six natural or external forces termed as wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness and fire. These external forces are at times responsible for the imbalance of the energies Yin and Yang. Therefore, in traditional Chinese medicine system, the practitioner looks upon the underlying reason behind the imbalance of this energy and not the disease.
The Chinese system uses combination of herbs to treat a disease. This combination is categorized into four main categories that are complementing and growing, reorganizing and merging of Qi energy and important fluids, scattering or circulating the Qi energy and lastly eradicating to remove the obstruction of flow of energy.
Acne according to Chinese theory is a result of one of the six external forces, namely heat. The imbalance of heat occurs due to a weak digestive system and intake of more dietary cholesterol. The excess of heat in the body causes the increase in toxic substances. These toxic substances flow in the blood resulting in excess of the energy Yang (masculine). In order to restore the imbalance, those herbs are used that can reduce the excess heat and eliminate the toxins from the body.
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