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Home > Newsletters > November 2006 > Ask the Doctor

Points -  Ask the Doctor

Q: : I am a 41-year-old woman with rosacea and would like to know how TCM can treat this frustrating skin condition. My doctor has prescribed antibiotics but they have not helped.

A:  Such conditions are considered imbalances that can cause a multitude of health issues over time, and in your case, this skin condition is one of the results. In many cases, antibiotics will exacerbate the condition because it can impair digestion and lead to further stagnation and heat.
In order to treat your condition effectively, a practitioner must determine the root of your imbalance. An extensive interview would be geared toward learning more about your skin condition (nature, location, duration, onset, etc.) and your overall health and lifestyle history. These details, along with the information your practitioner will discover during a thorough tongue and pulse examination, will provide clues about the underlying cause of your rosacea. Ultimately, your condition could be attributed to many causes ranging from stress, diet or a previous illness to an emotional or physical trauma or any combination of these. Once your practitioner determines a diagnosis, she/he can formulate a treatment plan using acupuncture and herbal medicine. Often a practitioner will also make suggestions for dietary and lifestyle changes that can also help restore balance and alleviate the condition.

About our Doctors

This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Ann Tomoko Rosen, M.S.T.O.M., L.Ac., C.A., is one of the Co-Founders of the Center for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in NYC and a Principal of Acupuncture Health Associates in New Jersey. Ann and her husband, Ross Rosen, utilize an integrative approach to healing, combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, eastern nutrition and taiji/qigong. Together they lecture frequently on various health issues related to acupuncture and herbal medicine. For more information please visit


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