We know from our customers’ testimonials that our products are very efficient, especially for skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, or nickel allergy. And we have the science facts to explain that. But we have found that this efficacy can also be explained by concepts from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
As you may have read (for example in this post or this post), Skintifique’s Hydrating Gel Plus HS has had some quite spectacular impact with people suffering from psoriasis. The other day, I was telling this story to a dermatologist friend who also practices traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and she said: “Of course, the Hydrating Gel Plus HS contains chamomile. And psoriasis in the traditional five elements theory is considered a “hot disease” while chamomile has been ascribed cooling properties.”
I was intrigued and did some research…
First: the Skintifique Hydrating Gel Plus HS does indeed contain bisabolol, which is a derivative of chamomile, as it’s soothing agent.
Second: so what’s the deal with Chinese medicine? The five elements are a fivefold conceptual scheme that is used to explain a wide array of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs (that is what Wikipedia tells us).
The elements are wood, fire, earth , metal and water. These elements and they way they interact can be represented as a wide variety of phenomena from seasons to the interplay of body parts. Every element has an offsetting one. They interact with each other.
Most forms of psoriasis have been associated with “fire toxins” leading to “boiling” blood. Chamomile which is defined as “cooling ” and hence has an offsetting reaction to the fire toxins.
I find it fascinating how TCM also describes in very different words what the Skintifique Hydrating Gel Plus HS does to the skin.