Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be very effective in treating skin conditions. Treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms, as well as significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions.
Internal disharmonies caused by strong emotions, diet, and your constitution can contribute to the development of a skin disorder. Environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness, and heat can also trigger or exacerbate skin disorders.
✓ Increasing the flow of energy, blood and lymph circulation improves the skin's natural healthy color.
✓ Promotion of collagen production increases muscle tone and elasticity; this helps to firm the skin.
✓ Stimulating the formation of body fluids nourishes the skin, adding moisture and making it softer, smoother and more lustrous.
✧ urticaria (hives)
Evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used for skin disorders, such as hives, can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD. Medicinal plants and stone needles were utilized to relieve and cure discomforts of the external areas of the body.
Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, if 10 patients are treated with Oriental medicine for eczema, each patient will receive a unique, customized treatment with different lifestyle and dietary recommendations.
In short, certain foods are considered too "yang", or hot, to eat in excess during the warmer months, while others are prized for their "yin" ability to cool the body. Overall, the goal is balance between the internal yin and yang of the body. A healthy, nutritional diet, good sleep and moderate exercise can keep your skin and physical form at its best.
By Anna Dolopo, LAC