You may have heard of acupuncture, a traditional Chinese Medicine that treats a variety of ailments. It’s quite often used as an alternative to western medicine. You might see an acupuncturist for back problems, infertility issues and now even skin conditions.
Remember when there were no medicines or skin creams. OK maybe you don’t. For thousands of years, traditional acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners have used acupuncture and a combination of herbs to treat skin problems in a holistic and healthy way. Skin diseases or issues are often caused by both internal and external factors. Think about acne. You might break out when you are stressed out (internal) and when you talk on your phone too much which creates oil and dirt on your face (external). Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that skin issues like many other problems can be caused by too much or too little Qi (energy), blood flow, yin, yang and environmental conditions such as wind, heat, cold, dryness or dampness.
If you decide to see an acupuncturist for your skin conditions, they will ask you questions that will help them consider your physical, emotional and environmental factors. They will examine your tongue and skin and make a diagnosis based on whatever internal disharmony you may have. Depending on the root cause and the symptoms of your condition, your treatment may involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs or both and will most likely last for about 12 weeks. Depending on your skin condition or the severity of your condition, some conditions may go away very quickly and some may take longer to heal. Here are a few very common skin conditions and their causes, according to Chinese Medicine. Acne is a very common skin problem for teens and adults alike. Your acupuncturist may tell you acne is most associated with dampness, heat or blood stagnation. Once these are cleared from your system, your skin will clear up too.
Eczema is another common skin problem that causes itchy, red and inflamed skin. These conditions can be caused by heat, wind, dampness and have been shown to be cleared by acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have also been shown to treat psoriasis, shingles, hives, warts, rosacea, and dermatitis. So if you are wary of Western Medicine or have been trying different medication and creams with no luck, find an acupuncturist near you. Let them know if you are skeptical and have them walk you through the entire process.
Let us know if you have ever received acupuncture or Chinese herb treatments for a skin condition. Did it work for you?