Can Acupuncture Help Your Skin?

People seek out acupuncture for a variety of reasons. They may be suffering from some kind of pain, digestive problems, stress, anxiety, hormonal issues, or even migraine headaches. However, most people won’t think about acupuncture when it comes to their skin. To a practitioner of Chinese medicine, the condition of your skin—including dry skin, rashes, easy bruising, and how much you sweat—can offer up all kinds of clues about the state of your health.

When it comes to skin there are many instances when acupuncture and Chinese medicine can really improve its appearance and health. Here are some examples:

Rashes and Hives

Rashes and hives (urticaria) are often associated with something called wind in Chinese medicine. If you have a rash, it tends to be very superficial, it often moves around, and it frequently is itchy. The itchiness and tendency of hives to move from place to place make it a prime example of wind on your skin. The appearance of your rash indicates the nature of what’s going on. For Minneapolis cosmetic acupuncture clinicexample, rashes that are very red are associated with some kind of heat in your body; pale or light rashes are considered cold, and those that are blistered or moist would be diagnosed as damp. The bad news is that you can have a combination of these, such as shingles in which the rash is very red, itchy, and blistered. In that case, you would be diagnosed with a combination of wind, damp and heat. Frequently rashes can be treated with Chinese medicine through a combination of acupuncture, and herbs.

Acne and Rosacea

Both acne and rosacea are caused by heat in the body, as indicated by the red appearance of the eruptions. In most cases, the heat that causes acne and rosacea tends to be a little deeper than that of a common rash. Treating these conditions would involve combining acupuncture and heat clearing herbs, as well as some dietary modifications to include foods that are cooler in nature. With regular acupuncture, it has been our experience that the breakouts or eruptions from acne and rosacea can be greatly improved.

The Importance of Circulation

One of the greatest benefits of acupuncture is that it improves your circulation, which not only benefits your health, but it also improves the appearance of your skin. Many patients find that their cheeks are flushed after an acupuncture treatment, and this is because their overall circulation has been improved. Research on the effects of acupuncture has documented that the concentration of inflammation-fighting white blood cells are increased in the area where acupuncture needles are placed. The benefits of better circulation include improved immunity, faster healing, more nutrients moving throughout your body, and healthier looking skin.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

It’s possible to apply the benefits of improved circulation directly to your face through a process called cosmetic acupuncture. What’s involved is a series of treatments in which tiny needles are inserted into acupuncture points in your face. Cosmetic acupuncture is a good way to increase circulation in both your face and neck, which brings more nutrients to those areas. In addition, the needling creates tiny micro traumas, which bring more collagen and elastin to the area as part of the healing process. The results of cosmetic acupuncture vary for each individual because each person has a unique body constitution and heals at a different pace. However, most patients who have had a series of cosmetic acupuncture treatments report looking healthier in general. In addition, many patients have noticed a decrease of fine lines and puffiness around the eyes, a slight lifting along the jawline, and a softening of deeper wrinkles.  In addition, for those who suffer from acne breakouts and rosacea, a series of cosmetic acupuncture treatments can decrease the frequency and severity of flare-ups. The added benefit of cosmetic acupuncture is that during a session, points are also needled in other areas of your body to support your overall health—so you can feel better and look better at the same time!

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