Treating Bacterial Skin Diseases with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Saturday, 11/04 at 9:55 AM to 10:45 AM

With the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s, many considered the era of infection over. This view is now considered naively optimistic, with antibiotic resistance reaching dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. This short talk will explore options that Chinese medicine offers in treating bacterial infections of the skin.

Mazin Al-Khafaji

Mazin is one of the leading experts in the practice of Chinese herbal medicine in the West, with particular expertise in dermatology, allergy and autoimmune diseases. Over the past 25 years, he has taught his successful and innovative approach to clinical practice to hundreds of students worldwide. Originally brought up and educated in the Middle East and later the UK, Mazin began his studies in acupuncture and modern and classical Chinese in 1979. From 1983 onwards, he studied in Nanjing, Taiwan, and Shanghai, specializing in herbal medicine. His thorough grasp of the Chinese language earned him the first Sino-British scholarship to study internal medicine at the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine alongside Chinese students, graduating as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine in 1987. On his return to the UK, he founded the Avicenna Centre of Chinese Medicine, where he has been in practice for the last 27 years. He runs his own traditional herbal dispensary and has developed the Avicenna range of topical products and skin creams to use as supportive treatment to internal therapy. Mazin also lectures at a postgraduate level and at conferences worldwide, and runs the diploma course in Chinese medicine drmatology and the Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatologists. He is co-author of the international textbook A Manual of Acupuncture and is working on his long-awaited book on the treatment of dermatological conditions.