Facial Heataccording to TCM

What is facial heat

Facial heat, often described as a sensation of warmth or a visible flush across the face, is a condition encountered in various circumstances ranging from emotional stress to environmental influences. It may manifest as a fleeting response or a persistent issue, potentially indicative of deeper health concerns.

In medical terms, it relates to the dilation of blood vessels near the surface of the skin, sometimes tied to hormonal shifts, reactions to substances, or other health anomalies. This localized warmth can be noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable, sharing similarities with the heat experienced during a fever, though concentrated on the facial area.

How does TCM view facial heat?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interprets facial heat as a symptom of internal disharmony, specifically an imbalance related to excess Yang or Heat. Emotional distress causing Liver Qi Stagnation, certain dietary choices leading to Stomach Fire, or a Deficiency in Yin that fails to contain Yang's ascending nature can all contribute to this condition.

TCM emphasizes a holistic approach, viewing symptoms as interconnected with the overall systemic balance. It is critical, therefore, to discern the specific pattern disrupting the body's equilibrium to effectively address and remedy the heat experienced on the face.

TCM Acupoint Recommendations for Facial Heat

In addressing facial heat, TCM turns to its rich repository of acupoint therapy. Certain points on the Stomach Channel, such as Lidui ST-45, located on the lateral side of the second toe, can be stimulated to clear Heat and calm the Mind.

Similarly, points on the Small Intestine and Triple Burner Channels, like Tianchuang SI-16 and Zhigou TB-6, serve to harmonize Qi, dispel internal Wind, and address Heat-related issues in the head and skin. The choice of acupoints is guided by the underlying patterns of disharmony identified through TCM diagnostics, ensuring a tailored and effective treatment strategy.

Acupoints for Facial Heat

Explore below some acupoints used to address facial heat, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Stomach Channel
  • Small Intestine Channel
  • Triple Burner Channel
Lidui ST-45

Lidui ST-45

On the lateral side of the 2nd toe, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of nail.

Tianchuang SI-16

Tianchuang SI-16

In the lateral aspect of the neck, on the posterior border of sternocleidomastoid muscle, lever with the Adam's apple.

Zhigou TB-6

Zhigou TB-6

3 cun above Yangchi ST-4 at the dorsal wrist joint space, between the radius and ulna.