Improve Skin with Acupuncture
General skin conditions that can be treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine include:
The skin is the largest organ in the body and helps to protect us from pathogens but also acts to eliminate waste and toxins. It can directly reflect the internal environment of our body and when skin issues arise, the root cause can be the result of something internal. Internal imbalances can be caused by problems such as poor diet, a weak immune system, digestive disorders, auto immune problems, unbalanced lifestyle, stress, and genetic constitution. allergic reactions, and stress. External environmental influences such as wind, dryness, dampness, and heat can also contribute to the development of a skin disorder. To keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful on the outside, not only is it important to pay attention to what we put on our skin, but what we put in our bodies. Diet and nutrition definitely play an important role in the condition of the skin, long term chronic skin problems can often be related to diet and food allergies.
Skin conditions according to Chinese Medicine:
These are terms used to describe external environmental influences on skin conditions and how they manifest. This is also used to help determine herbal prescriptions both topically and internally.
- Heat: characterized by appearance of redness, burning or heat sensation, and symptom worsens with alcohol, stress, hot/spicy food, and hot weather.
- Wind: characterized by quick onset, and movement of symptoms to different areas of the body, itchiness, and aversion to wind.
- Damp: characterized by oozing or weeping conditions, feeling of body heaviness. Dampness can also be an internally generated factor worsened by eating rich, oily or dairy foods.
- Dry: characterized by scaly itchy skin which is worse in dry, winter or autumn weather.
- Cold: characterized by open sores, purplish color, wet discharge and slow healing, and usually a chronic condition.