School of Chinese Medicine announces clinical research on acne

7 October 2009


Ms. Huang Feili, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Division of the School of Chinese Medicine, recently completed clinical research on acne patients undertaken over three years. In her research, Ms. Huang examines the key diagnostic categories and causes of acne. She also explains the Chinese medicine treatment given to the patients, including medication for regulating the functioning of the spleen and stomach, acupuncture and external application of Chinese herbal medicine.

The research contains data from a total of 315 cases from March 2004 to April 2007. The patients, aged between 12 and 52 years old, had suffered from acne for more than a year. Seventy of them had a history of up to four years. Out of the 315 patients, 186 (59%) had consulted Western medicine doctors before switching to Chinese medicine whereas 82 (26%) had not.

For the research, patients were provided with a three-week-long treatment, which included Chinese medicine for regulating the spleen and stomach as well as acupuncture. The research indicates that the treatment was effective in curing 208 patients (66%) and was very effective in the case of 28 patients (8.9%).

The study also reveals that the majority of the patients were diagnosed with spleen and stomach problems caused by three main factors. First, either the functioning of the spleen and stomach of most patients was deficient or they were weak due to chronic illnesses. Second, the humid climate in Hong Kong causes "dampness" affecting the functioning of the spleen. Hong Kong people are fond of eating seafood and drinking cold beverages which affects the functioning of the spleen and stomach. Third, the fast pace of life and work pressure in Hong Kong easily causes stress and affects the circulation of "Qi" in the liver leading to malfunctioning of the spleen.