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Food therapies on acnes

Acne is a skin disease related to the gonads, endocrine dysfunction of hair follicles, sebaceous glands, also a chronic inflammatory disease. It is referred to as "lung wind acne" in TCM. Its characteristic is commonly seen in places such as young men and women’s face, chest, back, presented by pimples, pustules, nodules or cysts. It is easy to attack repeatedly.

Food therapies principles:

  • 1.Eat less animal fat. Eat less fat, lard and other fats, etc.

  • 2.Eat less sugar foods, particularly less butter, chocolate or other foods containing high calories, as well as sweet drinks.

  • 3.Eat less seafood, stimulating food, such as fish, shrimp and sea crab and mutton, mushrooms, etc.

  • 4.Eat less Fried, baked food and all kinds of nuts, such as grilled chicken, smoked fish, Fried peanuts, etc.

  • 5.Avoid spicy and excitant food. Such as pepper, garlic, onion, ginger, and cigarettes, alcohol, etc.

  • 6.Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, such as green vegetables, spinach, leeks, carrots, enoki, Capsella bursa-pastoris, celery, pear, banana, lotus root, etc.

General foods:

  • 1.Three leaves soup, loquat leaf, mulberry leaf, bamboo leaves each 15 grams. Boil and collect decoction. Apply 2 times a day.

  • 2.Yi yi ren porridge:proper white sugar. Boil yi yi ren into porridge, add a small amount of sugar. Apply once a day for 30 days.

  • 3.Mung bean yi yi ren mint porridge:mung bean 30 grams, 30 grams of yi yi ren, mint 5 grams. Boil mung bean and yi yi ren well, then add a small amount of sugar, mint, take out after boiling, apply after it’s warm.

  • 4.Water chestnut yin hua soup:500 g water chestnut, yin hua 30 grams, boil for 1 hour and add a small amount of sugar.

  • 5.Tomato radish soup:white radish 250 grams, tomato sauce, tomato pieces each 100 g. Boil oil for three mature, mix in the flour, stir into paste, add in tomato sauce, right amount water and radish slices, boil until radish get tender, add in tomatoes, salt and MSG, boil another round. Apply 1 ~ 2 times a day.

  • 6.Balsam pear Huan fish soup:balsam pear 500 g, 2 slices of ginger. Huan fish 250 grams. A little salt. Scale the fish, remove gills and internal organs, slice after cleaning. Wash and slice up balsam pear Add in fish slices after balsam pear and ginger are ready. Boil through.

  • 7.Seatagle mung bean soup, mung bean 15 grams, sweet almond 9 grams, Dai Dai Hua 6 grams, 6 grams of rose, proper brown sugar. Wrap the roses, Dai Dai Hua in gauze, boil with cleaned mung beans, sweet almond in the pot. Remove roses and Dai Dai Hua after the soup is ready, add a small amount of brown sugar. Apply 1 time per day for 30 days total.

  • 8.Fried soy bean sprouts:500 grams of bean sprouts, soy sauce, salt, white sugar, ginger, vegetable oil of the right amount. Stir fry for one dish.

  • 9.Bai guo porridge: bai guo 30 grams, 100 grams of rice. A little sugar. Peel and wash the bai guo, boil together with rice , then simmer for 30 minutes, finally add a little sugar. Apply 150 g each time daily.

A. lung channel wind heat syndrome

Clinical manifestations

Flush on face, oily face, red papule, or blackheads, or small amount of pustular, awareness of itch and pain. Dry mouth, upset and dry stool, red urine, red tongue with yellow thin coating, floating or rapid pulse.

Food therapies principles:

Dispersing lungs and clear heat.

Foods therapies:

  • 1.Loquat yi yi ren nan sha shen porridge:60 grams loquat, yi yi ren 100 grams, 15 grams, loquat leaf 15 g. Nan sha shen 15g. Clean and chop loquat leaves and nan sha shen, put into the pot, add a moderate amount of water, boil for 10 ~ 15 minutes, remove the slags. Clean yi yi ren and add in the pot, boil into porridge. Collect fresh loquat fruit and clean, cut into pieces and mix into porridge, stir well. Apply once per day, for 7 ~ 10 days.

  • 2.Snow pear lemon drink:150 g snow pear, one lemon, a tomato (150 grams). Smash the three into juice. Apply at will. Take 1 time per day, for 7 ~ 10 days as a course of treatment.

B. Damp heat syndrome of intestines and stomach

Clinical manifestations:

Oily facial skin, comedones, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts, swelling pain, bad breath, constipation, yellow urinary, red tongue with yellow greasy coating, rapid pulse.

Food therapies principles:

Clear hot and dampness.

Dietotherapy foods:

  • 1.Hai zao yi yi ren porridge:hai zao, kun bu, pu gong ying, sweet almond each 9 grams, add water 750 ml, boil for juice 500 ml, remove slag. Add 30 grams of yi yi ren and boil into porridge. Apply for breakfast of one dose daily on continuously 20 ~ 30 days.

  • 2.Yin Chen Jin Yin hua drink: yin chen 30 grams, 15 grams of jin yin hua, huo xiang 6 grams, 10 grams shan zha meat, tu fu ling 30 grams, 30 grams of rice kernel, sheng di huang 20 grams, add water 1000 ml, boil for juice 500 ml. Remove slag, add a little sugar, cook again until sugar dissolves. Apply one dose daily for 10 days for a course of treatment.

C. Chong meridians and Ren meridians

Clinical manifestations

Normally found in young women, often before menstruation. After the the menstruation, symptoms get relieved. It is one disease of cyclical change with red papules and cysts. Irregular Menstruation, dysmenorrheal, irritability, breast pain and discomfort. Dark purple tongue, partial petechia, thin yellow tongue coating, weak and rapid pulse.

Principle of food therapies:
Regulate two meridians and nourishing yin and clearing heat.

Dietotherapy foods:

Black bean yi mu porridge:yi mu cao 15 grams, hong hua 6 grams, 15 grams of dan shen, lv e mei 6 g, black beans 60 grams. 100 grams of rice. Proper brown sugar. Boil the four ingredients in pot for 30 minutes, remove slags. Add in the black beans into the above decoction, add a moderate amount of water and boil until black beans are eight mature. At last, add in the rice and make into porridge. Add brown sugar and stir well. Apply in the morning and at night for 7 days as a course of treatment.