Tinea Versicoloraccording to TCM

Symptom family: Fungal Skin Infections

Parent symptom: Tinea

What is Tinea Versicolor?

Tinea Versicolor, also known as pityriasis versicolor, is a common fungal infection of the skin. It is characterized by patches that may be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin, often appearing on the chest, back, and shoulders. These patches result from the overgrowth of a yeast that lives on the skin's surface, affecting the skin's pigmentation.

The condition typically presents with mild itching and is more noticeable in warmer climates, as the yeast thrives in moist environments. Understanding and treating tinea versicolor involve addressing both the symptoms and the conditions that allow the yeast to proliferate.

How does TCM view Tinea Versicolor?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interprets tinea versicolor through the lens of internal imbalance and external pathogenic factors. According to TCM, conditions like tinea versicolor arise when there is a disharmony between the body's Qi (vital energy) and Blood, coupled with the invasion of Dampness and Heat.

These imbalances create an internal environment that allows pathogenic factors to thrive, manifesting externally as skin issues. TCM emphasizes the need to identify the specific pattern of disharmony underlying the condition, aiming to restore balance through a holistic approach that includes herbal medicine, dietary adjustments, and acupuncture.

Acupoints for Tinea Versicolor

In treating tinea versicolor, TCM recommends specific acupoints that align with the condition's underlying patterns of disharmony. One such acupoint is Yuzhong KID-26, located in the Kidney Channel. Positioned in the 1st intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline, stimulating Yuzhong KID-26 is believed to subdue Rebellious Lung and Stomach Qi, as well as open the chest and benefit the breasts.

This action indirectly addresses the internal conditions contributing to tinea versicolor, such as the management of Dampness and Heat, by fostering the proper flow of Qi and Blood. Utilizing acupoints like Yuzhong KID-26 showcases TCM's nuanced approach to treating skin conditions, focusing on the interconnectivity of internal systems and external symptoms.

See more details below about Yuzhong KID-26, an acupoint used to address tinea versicolor.

  • By Meridian
  • Kidney Channel
Yuzhong KID-26

Yuzhong KID-26

In the 1st intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.