Acupuncture is a traditional treatment and it engages a comprehensive approach to the general well-being. The philosophy of acupuncture believes that when an illness occurs it is due to an imbalance inside the body. Acupuncture for the treatment of acne in traditional Chinese medicine focuses on several factors, which include an individual’s physical, emotional and environmental conditions and how these affect or help the skin health.
According to the traditional Chinese medicine, acne occurs due to heat in excess or mugginess that tends to attack the organs through specific avenues. Three organs play a role in the formation of acne. They are the stomach, lungs and the spleen. Each of these organs has specific functions and is connected to the passage that runs from inside the skin and connects with particular organ. Thus, when there is a problem with any one of these organs acne can erupt.
Different Types Of Acupuncture For Acne
Cupping is one of the treatments of acupuncture where needles are not used. Suction method is used in this type, where the doctor uses glass cups on specific areas. This has two varieties, one is the fire cupping where a flamed cotton ball is placed inside the cup, which helps in burning out the oxygen and creating a vacuum.
The other method is when the cup is placed fast on the specific area to enable suction by pulling the skin a little into the cup. This suction facilitates enhanced blood flow, removes the dampness, makes the fascia loose and alleviates the excess heat. This is an effective and side effect free cure for acne. In fact, a study published in the journal ‘Medical Acupuncture’ states that cupping is notably better than the pharmaceutical medicines in treating patients with acne breakouts.
Electro-acupuncture is no different from the traditionally followed acupuncture technique. However, after the needles are introduced into a particular area, they are attached to a device with small clamps and electric pulses are continuously passed. The needles are paired in order to facilitate the flow of electric pulses from one to another.
This process can be done for about half an hour. The main advantage of electro-acupuncture is that the doctor need not be very precise while placing the needles because stimulation by the electric pulse will cover a wider area than a particular point. Electro-acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular method for treating acne.
Ear Acupuncture/Auricular Therapy
This method of acupuncture works with ear tacks or ear seeds (tiny seeds from the vaccaria plant) to activate specific areas of your ear. The procedure followed in this method is holding the seeds in a particular place in the ear by using an adhesive tape.
This could be left for around two weeks. This treatment helps in regulating the internal organs of the body and its functions. Auricular therapy is mainly used to trigger the endorphins release. This particular hormone helps you experience pleasure.
Hormone Balance Acupuncture
Acupuncture to balance the hormone is normally done for women during the menstrual cycle because this is the time, when most of the women experience acne breakout. This hormone balancing acupuncture uses certain herbs, which help in maintaining the hormonal balance in the body.
Traditional Acupuncture Treatment For Acne
In the traditional acupuncture method, the points behind the knees and the points at the elbows are considered as the best points to release the excessive heat from the lungs and the stomach. Other places along the arms and legs are also considered however, the two spots mentioned have proven to be the best for the treatment of acne.
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