Manual of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine


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By De Hui Shen, Xiu Fen Wu & Nissi Wang
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9780939616602
382 pages

Dermatology is a field for which traditional Chinese medicine is rightly respected. Proficiency in this field, however, requires specialized knowledge that is neither taught at most schools in the West, nor readily accessible to English – speaking practitioners.

Manual of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine provides the practitioner with the information needed to properly treat skin diseases. Introductory chapters discuss the history of dermatology in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as aspects of diagnostics, differentiation and treatment that are peculiar to this field.

The remaining 17 chapters provide detailed discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of specific skin conditions, including those most commonly seen in the clinic. Skin diseases are organized by biomedical categories, which will enable practitioners to easily reference available color atlases of dermatology to aid in diagnosis.

The focus of this book is on treatment, especially herbal, but also acupuncture. Among its features is a comparision of the advantages and disadvantages of TCM and biomedical treatments for each of the conditions described.


  • History of Traditional Chinese Dermatology
  • Etiology
  • Diagnostics
  • Differentiation
  • Treament
  • Pruritus
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Viral Infections
  • Fungal Infections
  • Spriochete Infections
  • Dermatoses Caused by Arthropods
  • Dermatoses Due to Environmental Influences
  • Dermatitis
  • Inflammatory Reactions
  • Scaling Disorders
  • Autoimmune Rheumatologic Skin Disorders
  • Disorders of the Sweat Glands
  • Acne & Rosacea
  • Disorders of Hair
  • Circulatory Disorders
  • Disorders of Pigmentation
  • Disorders of Keratinization
  • Supplemental Materia Medica
  • General & Historical References
  • Indices

About the Authors:

Shen De-Hui is a graduate of the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Bachelor’s of Medicine, 1966) and the Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Master’s of Chinese Medicine, 1978). He is currently a professor in the Department of Traditional Ophthalmology and a senior staff physician at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital, affiliated with the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Shen is the author of numerous articles on Chinese medicine, and contributed to such works as Integrated Traditional-Western Diagnosis and Treatment.

Wu Xiu-Fen is a graduate of the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Bachelor’s of Medicine, 1966). She is a professor at the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she also serves as Director of the International Training Center. Dr. Shen contributed to The Illustrated Dictionary of Chinese Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Diagnosis, and has lectured in Japan, Korea and Mexico.

Nissi Wang is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (B.A. in History, 1977), Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (M.S. in Pathobiology, 1980), and the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Postgraduate Certificate, 1983). From 1984-87 Ms. Wang worked as a medical editor at the People’s Medical Publishing House, and then at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing. She currently works as a medical editor and translator, and has collaborated on several books including Manual of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine, The Illustrated Dictionary of Chinese Acupuncture and Acupuncture Case Histories from China.

Praise for Manual of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine:

“Succinct and to the point . . . This is a book you will want to open and use immediately.”

-Oriental Medicine

“This is the best book on TCM dermatology I’ve come across, and its layout and presentation of information is most impressive.”

-Pacific Journal of Oriental Medicine

“Highly recommended.”

-American Journal of Acupuncture

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Weight 1.80 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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