Got Acne, Eczema or Psoriasis? Acupuncture Can Help
Our skin is our most visible organ and can often be the first thing people notice about us. If you suffer from a severe case of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, your skin care may be a top priority for you. Over-the-counter medicine is a common first line of defense, but often the side effects are worse than the issue they are supposed to treat.
Acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment option for various skin conditions. The goal is to achieve balance between the systems of the body and the external environment we live in. Acupuncture uses both needle insertion and herbs to treat various issues, depending on the needs of the client. Common skin conditions include:
- Acne scars and blemishes
- Severely dry or itchy skin
- Eczema rashes
- Red, itchy patches (as seen with rosacea)
According to experts at Pacific College of Health and Science, …”Aside from the extensive use of Chinese herbs, traditional Chinese medicine also recommends acupuncture as a parallel treatment for skin disorders. Stimulation of acupuncture points increases the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems. Acupuncture points are specific nerve points that give particular access to the system of energetic meridians, which perform different functions depending on their location.”
What you can Expect
Your acupuncturist will do a complete health history prior to your first treatment to better understand your needs and develop the proper course of action. For relief from most skin disorders, acupuncture points along the arms/hands and legs/feet are targeted.
In many cases, acupuncture and/or herbal treatment alone won’t achieve the desired results. Usually, a change in diet is also warranted. For example, people with skin disorders may benefit from avoiding alcohol, dairy, spicy foods, and shellfish. Incorporating green, leafy vegetables and fruits into a balanced diet is highly recommended.
Acupuncture for skin issues has very few side effects; and can be used either alone or in combination with more conventional treatments. If you suffer from acne, psoriasis, or eczema talk to your acupuncturist about the herbal, nutrition and other treatment options available to you.