Skin Problems

Acupuncture for Eczema

The skin is a vital part of one’s beauty.

That is why when it comes to skin conditions like eczema, treatment is imperative. Today acupuncture is among one of the most effective treatment options for skin issues when modern medicine fails. During the treatment process a trained acupuncturist inserts and manipulates needles at acupuncture points on the body to eliminate heat and restore a natural flow of energy.

What Is Eczema

Eczema tends to affect people in different ways. Though the symptoms are the same, some people may experience more severe outbreaks. It is often referred to as atopic dermatitis diagnosed by the chronic discoloration, itching, and inflammation of the epidermis. During a flare up phase; dryness, itching, rashes, thick scaly patches, and often times depigmentation, occurs on the skin. Dealing with eczema can be difficult without medical assistance, especially during active phases.

Millions of Americans and Canadians suffer from eczema, most of who are children. At its worst eczema can cause severe health issues that may impede the quality of life. Individuals with unappealing skin often suffer from depression and a noticeable lack of self-confidence. Research has also proven that children with eczema are more likely to develop other atopic diseases. While specialists are still unable to discover a cure for the condition, alternative treatments like acupuncture have helped many people to cope.

Traditional Chinese Medicine And Eczema

In Western medicine, the cause for eczema is still unknown. However, specialists believe the condition arises from a combination of hereditary factors and conditions in the atmosphere. Cases of eczema are more common among kids whose parents had a skin problem

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) eczema, results from the unnatural flow of Qi (circulating life force). Qi is believed to have a close relationship with the skin and it is tasked with defending the body against harmful pathogens in the atmosphere. TCM teaches that all things affect the organs of the body, including the skin; from the state of our stomach (based on food eaten) to the distribution of energy (Qi) in the meridian system (Qi distribution network). Meridian channels along the lungs are directly connected to our skin. So it can be stated that the lungs are an important factor for sustaining healthy skin. Too much heat and dampness in the lungs can cause the skin to become irritated.

TCM also teaches that the liver and the kidneys are important for skin health.  The kidneys play a vital role in maintaining healthy skin by delivering moisture and nourishment, while the liver regulates blood detoxification. Excess toxins in the blood can cause irritation, inflammation, and soreness of our skin.

How Acupuncture Treats Eczema

As mentioned earlier, TCM believes that eczema is caused by a disruption in the flow of Qi. Acupuncture uses fine sterilized needles to restore a natural flow of Qi to organs that are vital for maintaining healthy skin. In doing so it establishes a natural balance in the kidney, lungs, and blood nourishing the skin and correcting dampness. Pain, itching, and conditions like stress and anxiety which may affect the skin, can be resolved when Qi is balanced. A natural flow of Qi reduces skin problems without the need for prescription drugs.

Closing Note

Acupuncture is not always covered by health insurance plans, so it can be costly. An acupuncturist will generally conduct treatment for 3 to 6 months with a combination of effective herbal medicines. Herbal medicines tend to help in reducing soreness, flakiness, discoloration, and inflammation sooner.

Acupuncturists often suggest diet adjustments, though most patients will not readily commit to a new diet plan. Treatment may continue for a maintenance basis after symptoms have been cleared. This reduces the chances of a flare up. Speak with a dermatologist before visiting an acupuncturist.

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Photos: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Treated by Acupuncture

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Acupuncture can be also useful for the treatment of acne and other skin conditions.

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