Treatment of Skin Diseases with Chinese Medicine – A Clinical Perspective

Monday, 11/06 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, 11/07 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Skin disorders, in their various forms, are among the most common diseases suffered by mankind, accounting for no less than 1 in 5 of all visits to outpatient departments in the Western world. Chinese herbal medicine has a real and enduring answer for a significant number of sufferers of many diseases of the skin. It can induce spectacular and lasting change in a whole range of intractable conditions such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis, yet due to lack of specialist training, numerous practitioners of Chinese medicine fail to achieve the optimal results that are well within their grasp. In this introductory two-day lecture, the fundamental principles of treating the most common skin diseases will be presented, using many case examples with photographic slides from Mazin’s own practice. Throughout, the emphasis is on practical and clinically relevant information, which will serve as a foundation to enable doctors to understand the essential concepts required to construct effective formulae to suit the vagaries of clinical reality.

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 dermatology 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.