Skin Conditions

Skin conditions and Acupuncture

The skin is the body’s largest organ, living and breathing the skin reflects what is happening on the inside of the body.

Chinese medicine views that the underlying cause of many skin conditions originates internally. A healthy flow of Qi (Vital energy), blood circulation and fluids through out the body will be reflected in a healthy complexion. In Chinese Medicine the skin is also referred to as the “third lung”, and is associated with the lungs and large intestine. Healthy lungs insure healthy fluid metabolism which moistens the skin and a build up of toxins in the intestine, can emerge as skin problems such as boils pimples and itching. The skin is seen as the intermediary between the inside of an organism or body and the external environment and enables us to feel protected and to resist invasion from external pathogenic factors.

Common skin conditions

  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Pimples/acne
  • Rosacea
  • Inflammation
  • Shingles
  • Psoriasis
  • Dry, flaking skin
  • Fungal skin problems

Acupuncture treatment plus moxibustion is safe and effective in the treatment of Acne and helps to reduce inflammatory lesions and improve quality of life [1]. Acupuncture helps to relieve symptoms in people with atopic eczema and psoriasis possibly by reducing inflammation [2] and increasing local circulation.[3]

Stress related skin problems can be successfully treated with acupuncture.

Acupuncture influences the body’s homeostatic mechanisms and has been shown to affect areas of the brain that reduce sensitivity to pain and stress.[4]

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References

[1]Li. (2009). Acne. Available: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1525:.... Last accessed 23rd Nov 2012.