Acupuncture is a branch of Alternative Medicine constituting traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and healing methods. The acupuncture treatment mainly involves insertion and manipulation of needles to stimulate the anatomical points in the body.
This specific body of TCM aims to reinstate and maintain health by stimulating specific points in the body by needles. A wide variety of skin ailments ranging from narcotic addiction to simple body pains are treated with treatment, which is one of the oldest healing practices in the world.
Even though most commonly used for pain relief, acupuncture along with Chinese herbs provide a natural solution to enhance skin conditions. Some skin ailments that are commonly treated include psoriasis, itchy or irritating skin conditions, rosacea, dermatitis, dry skin and acne. Cosmetic acupuncture is practiced to get youthful, firmer and rejuvenated skin. A combination of needles treatment, herbs and diet is used to achieve revitalized skin.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture treatment, developed over 3,000 years ago, is said to cure almost any prolonged diseases. According to TCM, human structure is divided into various vigorous pressure points, and the main objective of acupuncture is to stimulate and adjust the energy flow with the help of needles. The stimulation of pressure points is mainly achieved by piercing the skin with hair-thin metallic needles. These needles may be manipulated either by hands or by some electrical device.
In the traditional Chinese medicine, human body is considered as a subtle balance between two essential but contrasting components, ‘yin’ and ‘yang’. Everything that exists in the material universe is either yin or yang. Yin signifies passive, cold, dark and moist aspects; whereas, yang indicates hot, fiery, excited, active and light aspects of a person. The former has a negative electrical charge and latter has positive. Maintaining a positive balance between yin and yang is the basic objective of acupuncture.
Any imbalance between the two causes blockage in ‘Qi’ or energy flow. This vital energy flows through pathways known as meridians. If there is a perfect internal balance between yin and yang that body will represent healthy condition. A combined therapy including acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary therapy will aid in bringing back the harmony. Since mental conditions of a person significantly influence his/her physical conditions, TCM treats both aspects together.
Acupuncture And Skin Therapy
TCM usually involves a holistic treatment procedure rather than addressing a specific problem. According to this medical unit, health is a condition wherein a perfect balance is achieved within the body’s internal setting and the environment.
Skin, the largest and all-pervading organ in the human body, suffers from a range of ailments and diseases. Since skin is the most exposed element, it is accessible to all types of environmental pollutions and other external effects. Skin also reflects the internal health of the body. Infected, blemished and bad skin conditions are signals of some imbalance inside the body.
It can be anything ranging from weakened immune system, unhealthy diet and lifestyle habits, emotional distress, indigestion etc. TCM and acupuncture in particular intend to cure the imbalance in the whole system. Acupuncture aims to treat the root cause of the skin ailments rather than a superfluous treatment. The treatments will be custom-prepared depending on each person’s skin conditions. An expert acupuncture therapist will first understand the person’s lifestyle, food habits before starting the treatment.
For increased effectiveness, acupuncture treatment should be accompanied by daily intake of prescribed Chinese herbs in the form of internal medication and topical application. Dietary changes will also be recommended. The number of needles and the strategic location where these needles will be pierced will be based on the severity of the skin problem. The needles stimulate blood circulation, enhances collagen production and refill moisture in the skin resulting in a more youthful look. A lot of people choose acupuncture as an effective method for face-lifting and for removing wrinkles. The medication is preferred by many as it does not give the artificial or frozen look as in the case of cosmetic surgery or Botox treatment.
Acupuncture Can Effectively Treat:
Wrinkles and fine lines on face: Acupuncture can be effectively used to erase fine lines and deeper lines. The treatment also lessens sagginess, puffiness, age spots and other blemishes. Acupuncture needles will stimulate the production of new collagen fibres under the wrinkles and thereby levelling it up. Rectification of sagged facial skin is achieved through muscle relaxation, when needles are pierced.
This common skin ailment can be treated with acupuncture technique. According to TCM, acne and pimples are cause by the internal imbalances such as dampness, heat and blood stagnation. These errors are rectified from the skin to remove acne and related skin disorders.
Eczema, according to the theory of TCM is caused by heat, wind, and dampness. Accompanied by Chinese herbs, acupuncture offers effective cure for Eczema. The treatment focuses on the reinforcement of the immune system, which leads to increased resistance by the system towards external or environmental vulnerabilities. The internal imbalances are rectified to release trapped toxins from the skin. The therapy aims to form more ‘yin’ to nurture the damaged skin. Some other skin disorders that are treated include: shingles, psoriasis, dermatitis, warts and rosacea.
The visible effects of acupuncture treatments may take longer time as it involves correction of the internal system and imbalances. The time depends on the severity of the problem and the person’s response to the treatment. People who have undergone this treatment testimony that the time taken is worth an investment, since it not only addresses the problem but the whole system is restored properly.
Since having a healthy body means the elimination of the root cause of the particular ailment, recurrence of the skin problem is rare. At last, a word of caution regarding acupuncture skin treatments; since this branch of medication is still to get scientific accuracy, most of the evidences on its effectiveness are based on testimonies.