An Introduction to Dermatology in Chinese Medicine, a clinical Perspective.

November 25th/26th - Lisbon, Portugal


Skin disorders in their various forms are amongst the most common diseases suffered by mankind, accounting for no less than 1 in 5 of all visits to out-patients departments in the Western world. Despite this prevalence and the resources put into this field, many patients are dissatisfied with the conventional treatments available to them, and look elsewhere for solutions.

Chinese medicine has a very 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, and yet due to a lack of specialist training and clinical experience, numerous practitioners of Chinese medicine fail to achieve optimal results that are well within their grasp.

In this introductory two-day lecture, the fundamental principles of treating the commonest skin diseases will be presented (Damp-Heat, Blood-Heat, Blood-Stasis, and Qi, Blood & Yin Xu) using many case examples with numerous photographic slides from Mazin’s own practice. Throughout the emphasis is put 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.


The workshop will commence with an overview of the four major pathological types seen in dermatology, namely Blood Heat, Damp Heat, Stasis of Blood, and Deficiency patterns. Under each of these headings multiple case examples from Mazin’s own practice will be presented with before during and after pictures alongside the formulas that were used, charting in great detail the approach that ultimately proved successful in leading the patient from acute phase to stable state.

Mazin Al-Khafaji was brought up and educated in the Middle East and the UK. He began his studies in acupuncture as well as modern and classical Chinese in 1979.

His thorough study 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, where he graduated as Doctor of Chinese Medicine in 1987. He has been in practice in the UK ever since.

Today he is recognised as one of the leaders in the field of dermatology and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and is highly respected as a clinician. He lectures at postgraduate level and at conferences all over the world. He is the founder of the Avicenna Centre of Chinese Medicine, which is dedicated to furthering the integrated practice and study of Chinese Medicine (

He is co-author of the international textbook A Manual of Acupuncture, and is about to publish a book on the treatment of dermatological conditions with Chinese herbal medicine.


Date: Novembro 25th-26th (Saturday/ Sunday)
10:00-13:00 e 14:30-17:30

Venue: Lisboa Biz, Av. Engº Arantes e Oliveira, 3- R/C LX
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Early Bird 150€ until October 15th
Normal price: 200€ until Novembro 10th



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