Skin Burnsaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Burns and Scalds

Sub-symptom(s): Minor Burns Fire Burns Burn Infection Scald

What is Skin Burns?

Skin burns are acute injuries to the skin caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or radiation. Commonly known as burns, these injuries are characterized by severe skin damage that causes the affected cells to die.

Depending on the severity, burns can result in anything from minor redness and soreness (minor burns) to significant blisters, charred skin (fire burns), infections (burn infection), or damage from hot liquids (scald). Proper assessment and treatment are crucial for healing and minimizing long-term effects.

How does TCM view Skin Burns?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interprets skin burns as a disturbance to the body's natural balance, primarily involving an excess of Heat. TCM practitioners believe that burns consume Qi and Body Fluids, creating a disharmony that impairs the flow of Qi and Blood.

Restoring balance requires clearing Heat, supporting the Body's Yin to combat Dryness, and promoting the circulation of Qi and Blood to the affected area.

Causes of Skin Burns According to TCM

In TCM, skin burns are often attributed to an imbalance caused by Heat invading the body's interior and exterior layers, leading to Qi And Blood Stagnation. This invasion consumes the Yin and Fluids, creating Dryness and Heat that damage the skin and underlying tissues.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Skin Burns

TCM advocates the use of specific formulas to treat the varied presentations of skin burns. One such formula is Qi Li San, which is tailored to address Qi And Blood Stagnation, a common pattern observed in burn cases.

This formula, chosen based on the individual's unique symptoms and constitution, works to invigorate the Blood and ensure the free flow of Qi, helping to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. By customizing herbal treatments, TCM practitioners aim to support the body's healing process while mitigating the potential for scarring and infection.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address skin burns, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation
  • External formulas for external disorders

TCM Herbs for Skin Burns

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address skin burns, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs for external application
  • Herbs that invigorate the blood
  • Herbs that stop bleeding
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat
  • Cool herbs that transform phlegm and stop cough
  • Herbs that dispel wind and dampness
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Herbs that cool the blood
  • Laxative herbs that drain downward
  • Purgative herbs that drain downward
  • Tonic herbs for yin deficiency
  • Tonic herbs for blood deficiency

"Herbs for external application" recommended for skin burns

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Beeswax (Feng La) Not applicable
Minium (Qian Dan) Not applicable
Propolis (Feng Jiao) Not applicable

"Herbs that invigorate the Blood" recommended for skin burns

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Diverse Wormwood Herbs (Liu Ji Nu) Not applicable
Rhodiola Roots (Hong Jing Tian) Not applicable
Shiny-Leaf Prickly-Ash (Liang Mian Zhen) Not applicable

"Herbs that stop bleeding" recommended for skin burns

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Biota Twigs And Leaves (Ce Bo Ye) Not applicable
Sanguisorba Roots (Di yu) Not applicable

"Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity" recommended for skin burns

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Lithospermum Roots (Zi Cao) Zi Dang Gao
Castor Beans (Bi Ma Zi) Not applicable