Traditional Chinese Medicine

Rich of several thousand years of existence and practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed a complete system, that is to say a set of theories and practices concerning human beings and their health. It has its own tools and its particular way of interpreting the causes of diseases, making diagnoses and conceiving physiology. It is an ancient and complex discipline which uses 5 main practices, explained below. The general principle is to maintain the harmony of energy within the body, as well as between the body and the external elements.

In ancestral China, scientists observed what was happening in the universe (seasons, climate, day/night cycles) and deduced that the same phenomena were occurring inside the human body.
They reproduced the general diagram of the energetic organization of the human body as follows*:
The human body's energy system is a 3-stage system. The 1st floor is an energy transformation and manufacturing floor.
Once the energies have been produced on the 1st floor, they will take an elevator to move to the 2nd floor of the energy diagram of the human body, that of the 8 wonderful vessels. Their role is to regulate the distribution of energy produced by the 1st floor, where it is needed, when it is needed, in quality and quantity to the 3rd floor which will use it.
The 3rd floor will concern the use of quantitative and qualitative energies which were manufactured on the 1st floor, then regulated and distributed on the 2nd floor.
On this floor there are 2 levels:
- An external function with the 12 main meridians
- An internal function with the 5 movements, also called the 5 elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water

* Extract from the Alchemy of Energy in the Chinese tradition. Volume I (JP GUILIANI, Dr Romain Gourmand)


These 5 elements which explain and allow us to analyze the phenomena of the surrounding world
and nature are available in Traditional Chinese Medicine
through 5 pillars:

- Acupuncture and moxibustion
- Massages: TUINA
- Energy gymnastics: QI GONG
- Chinese dietetics
- The Chinese pharmacopoeia, which has an unparalleled millennia of use.

All these disciplines have a common language: that of the 5 elements.
An analogy game will allow us to weave a gigantic network of connections.

Each element is associated with a season, a color, a sense, an organ, a tissue, a feeling…
Thus, the plants of the Chinese pharmacopoeia benefit from this same classification in 5 elements.

NUENCE - Tableau des elements-medecine-traditionnelle-chinoise


How has NUENCE, by analogy, transferred the main principles of TCM to a range of cosmetics?
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers
this global approach to the human being for
" to take care ".
By analogy, it determines where the imbalances, excesses and insufficiencies are located.

By analogy, also, we rely on this same ancestral philosophy to “take care”, rebalance, nourish through external use and using this magnificent discipline that is Chinese pharmacopoeia.

The ancients compared all cycles, whether external to man or internal: the states of wakefulness and sleep, the rhythm of functioning of the human body up to the cycle of a cell...
The cells of our skin are subject to cycles whose law of analogy applies rigorously to the 5 elements. Our creams naturally use this principle of the cycle of the 5 elements applied to the cells of our skin.

Wood: skin cells are very active in full expansion or subject to hormonal variations making the skin sometimes oilier or more reactive.

Fire: the cells are always in an active, sensitive phase, sometimes going as far as irritation.

Earth: the cells are in periods without great disturbance with a need for hydration essential to life but only balance is sought.

Metal: cells are in less active periods of multiplication and appear duller.

Water: the cells are even less active and their regeneration speed is lower because we may be more tired or because the cold freezes our energies.
In Chinese pharmacopoeia, here again, the 5
“movements” or “elements” represent the reference.
The plants we selected were
because of their affinity with their favorite element.


NUENCE was born from this synergistic research between the harmony of the cycle of the 5 elements on external beauty associated with the affinity of plants for each element.
The plants that we selected were because of their affinity with their favorite element as well as for their properties in cosmetology, properties that have since been widely documented.
This synergy between skin type, element and selection of plants therefore allows you to very finely adapt the choice of your day cream.


In Chinese pharmacopoeia, plants are mainly used in their natural form.
The plant extraction method used is aqueous phase decoction, without solvent. This is the original dosage form in TCM and reputed to be the most effective form of extraction.
This combination of plants with virtues documented in scientific literature and modern active ingredients makes the concept unique.
In herbal medicine, synergy is a very important concept. When 2 factors act together, for the same purpose, their combined effects can be increased tenfold.
We apply this effect through the systematic use of 2 plants from the Chinese pharmacopoeia, combined with a modern active ingredient which will reinforce their effectiveness.