Keloidsaccording to TCM

What are Keloids?

Keloids are a type of raised scar that develop where the skin has healed after an injury. They can grow to be much larger than the original injury that caused the scar. Unlike typical scars, keloids do not subside over time and often have a smooth, shiny appearance, ranging in color from pink to red. Keloids are more common in people with darker skin and can occur on any part of the body, although they frequently appear on the chest, shoulders, and earlobes. They may become itchy, painful, or cause discomfort.

How Does TCM View Keloids?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), keloids are viewed not merely as overgrown scar tissue, but as manifestations of deeper imbalances in the body’s Qi (energy) and Blood. Unlike Western medicine, which primarily attributes keloids to overactive healing processes, TCM considers them a symptom of disrupted energy flow and Blood Stagnation. This holistic approach focuses on restoring the balance and smooth flow of Qi and Blood, which is essential in TCM’s understanding of healing and health maintenance.

Causes of Keloids According to TCM

TCM identifies several underlying factors that may contribute to the formation of keloids. Primarily, keloids are seen as a result of Qi And Blood Stagnation, where the body’s energy and circulatory systems are not functioning optimally, leading to excessive scar tissue formation.

Another contributing factor in TCM is the presence of pathogenic Dampness and Heat, which can exacerbate the skin’s response to injury, promoting the excessive growth characteristic of keloids. Addressing these root causes is crucial in TCM's approach to treating keloids effectively.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Keloids

TCM employs specific formulas and herbs tailored to address the imbalances associated with keloids. One such formulation is Yi Yi Fu Zi Bai Jiang San, which includes herbs like Job's Tears (Yi Yi Ren), known for their properties to clear internal abscesses and resolve Dampness accumulation. Bai Jiang Cao is famous for its ability to clear Toxic-Heat, so as to expel pus and reduce abscesses.

This formula aligns with the TCM strategy of promoting the smooth flow of Qi and Blood, reducing stagnation, and aiding in the healing of keloid scars. By targeting the underlying disharmonies, TCM aims to not only treat the physical appearance of keloids but also restore the body's natural healing balance.

See more details below about Yi Yi Fu Zi Bai Jiang San, a herbal formula used to address keloids.

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TCM Herbs for Keloids

See more details below about Job's Tears (Yi Yi Ren), a herb used to address keloids.

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  • Herbs that drain dampness