I am a 52-year-old woman and for the past three years I have had a
problem with my skin tearing and bleeding easily, particularly on my hands.
If I bump my hands when I'm doing something, I dark red splotches. I'm not
on blood thinners or steroids, nor am I a diabetic. My doctor has told me it
is part of the aging process. It is so ugly and I am concerned that my body
is lacking something important. I'm presently taking vitamin C, horsetail
I would guess
that you have a "Spleen or Kidney deficiency," but I would need to give you
a more detailed examination in person. I recommend that you see a
practitioner. He or she will ask you questions about your general health
(Are you prone to infection? Weakened immunity? Are you easily fatigued?);
about your medical history; and about your menses and/or menopause. You can
also expect a practitioner to examine your tongue and take your pulses.
About our Doctors
This month's Ask the
Doctor question was answered by:
Michael Allan Guilpain
is certified to practice TCM in
Germany, China, Sri Lanka and the United
States. He commonly uses acupuncture,
moxibustion, fire-cupping, tuina, and
qigong with his patients.