By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - May 20, 2024
Categories: General

Forget about endless serums and the latest TikTok beauty hacks! We’re diving into the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine for skin care that goes beyond the surface. From balancing your qi to harnessing the power of nature, Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a holistic approach to achieving a radiant, healthy glow. 

The Inner Glow

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your skin isn’t just a pretty facade; it’s a window into your internal health. Think of it as the canvas, reflecting the balance (or imbalance) of your yin and yang energies. Blemishes, dryness, wrinkles – they’re all whispers from your body, telling you where things might be out of whack. 

  • Liver – According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your Liver isn’t just a hardworking organ; it’s your skin’s BFF. When your Liver is happy, your skin rejoices
  • Blood Circulation – Qi and blood need to flow like a well-choreographed dance. If there’s a traffic jam, it can show in your skin. 

Acupuncture is the go-to treatment for internal Qi imbalances. By determining the root causes of your skin issues, your practitioner can help bring those sources back into balance and get your Qi flowing (with the added benefit of clearing up your skin complaints!).

Balance is Key: Yin and Yang for Glowing Skin

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, “yin” represents moisture and coolness, while “yang” symbolizes warmth and dryness. For healthy skin, we need a harmonious balance of both. Excess yang can lead to dryness, flakiness,, and wrinkles, while too much yin can manifest as acne, oiliness, and congestion. 

Food as Medicine

Just like you wouldn’t fuel a Ferrari with cheap gas, you shouldn’t feed your skin junk. Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes nourishing your body with real, whole foods. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of too much Yang, try incorporating these foods into your diet. 

  • Cucumbers: These cool and refreshing veggies are packed with water and silica, a mineral that promotes collagen production, keeping your skin plump and dewy
  • Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish your skin and combat inflammation
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are antioxidant powerhouses that fight free radicals and protect your skin from premature aging
  • Coconut Water: This electrolyte-rich beverage helps balance internal fluids and combat dryness.

Alternatively, if your skin is showing signs of too much Yin, try these foods: 

  • Ginger: This pungent root warms the body and improves circulation, helping to reduce puffiness and promote a healthy glow. Add it to stir-fries, soups, or even tea for a spicy kick!
  • Pumpkin and Squash: These vibrant orange vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which supports skin health and gives it a natural, healthy glow. Roast them, puree them into soups, or enjoy them steamed for a dose of sunshine on your plate. 
  • Quinoa: This protein-rich grain is warming and nourishing, providing your skin with essential amino acids for repair and regeneration. 
  • Goji Berries: These tiny red gems are packed with antioxidants and warming Yang energy. They help improve circulation, combat dryness, and protect your skin from free radicals. 

Remember, regardless of whether your skin has too much yang or yin energy, eating a balanced diet that includes all food groups will optimize your nutrient intake and benefit any skin type. 

Herbal Medicine Boosters

Traditional Chinese Medicine boasts a treasure trove of herbs that can work wonders for your skin. Green tea, with its anti-inflammatory properties, can combat redness and irritation. Licorice root, known for its soothing nature, can help calm eczema and rosacea. And who can forget ginseng, the King of Vitality, which can promote blood flow and give your skin a natural radiance? Incorporating these into teas is a great start, but for a real impact talk to your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner for a customized blend!

Habits for Healthy Skin

Traditional Chinese Medicine isn’t just about what you put on your face; it’s about nurturing your whole being. Getting enough sleep is crucial for balancing hormones and promoting skin repair. Managing stress, through meditation or yoga, can reduce inflammation and prevent premature aging. And don’t underestimate the power of regular exercise, which boosts circulation and nourishes your skin from within. 

So ditch the chemical cocktails and embrace the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine. By understanding your inner landscape and nurturing your body and mind, you’ll unlock a natural glow that transcends any fad or filter. Let your skin be the canvas for a life well-lived, a radiant reflection of inner harmony and health. 

Be well.



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.