Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology

Effective, alternative, all-natural solutions
for autoimmune and inflammatory skin diseases

Serving the Capital District of New York, Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont.
We also offer telemedicine services for remote patients.

Atopic eczema before and after treatment with Chinese Medicine

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atopic eczema before and after TCM dermatology

Skin conditions addressed with TCM Dermatology

  • Acne
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis in infants, children and adults
    Including stasis eczema, dishidrotic (pompholyx) eczema, nummular eczema

  • Topical Steroid Withdrawal
  • Fungal Infections of the body and nails
  • Tinea/Pityriasis Versicolor
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Impetigo
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Simplex
  • Perioral Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
    All forms including plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, guttate psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis.

  • Rosacea
  • Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
  • Urticaria
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts
Katya Galay, DTCM, LAc

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM Dermatology Diplomat since 2019
Member of International TCM Dermatology Association
NCCAOM Board Certified in Oriental Medicine

What is TCM Dermatology

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used to address skin diseases for more than two thousand years. TCM dermatology is a comprehensive, methodical system of treatment that excels where modern dermatology often fails – specifically when tackling autoimmune and inflammatory skin disorders. In Chinese Medicine, the goal is to create a complete shift in the body’s internal environment, so that the disease is either completely eradicated, or kept steadily under control. The outcomes can often include complete clearing of skin and internal symptoms of the disease. TCM dermatology views superficial inflammation as only one aspect of the disease. Other important aspects include systemic inflammation, impaired microcirculation, and dysfunction and malnourishment of skin layers, as well as the whole body. In TCM dermatology the goal is both to clear inflammation and restore normal physiological functions necessary for healthy and well-nourished skin.

TCM Dermatology Treatment Timeline

The length of treatment with Chinese herbal medicine is usually 3 to 12 months, depending on the severity and chronicity of the disease. The first noticeable progress appears after the first 4-8 weeks of treatment. During the initial 1 hour long assessment visit, we review the patient’s health history, take photos of the skin lesions and chart out the treatment plan. The medicine consists of liquid herbal formulas (to be taken internally) made specifically for each patient’s unique set of symptoms, as well as topical herbal products to support the healing of skin externally. A follow up visit is required every three to four weeks.
Telemedicine appointments are available for remote patients.