Acupuncture for Skin Conditions

Acupuncture Treats Common Skin Conditions

skinOur skin is a good indication of the current condition of our body, how the current environment affects our body, and the specific imbalances of our Qi. Qi means life energy, and when that energy is disrupted it can lead to several skin disorders. Our Qi can be disrupted by our emotions or our lifestyle as well as by environmental conditions like humidity, wind, heat, and dryness in the air. Oriental medicine and acupuncture can be extremely effective for treating any kind of skin condition by relieving the symptoms associated with the specific disorder. Skin disorders generally include eczema, acne, shingles, pruritus, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, and hives.

Oriental medicine treats skin problems specific to the symptoms rather than the particular condition itself.  This means that if several different people have the same condition, they would each have their own customized treatment plan using a variety of techniques. The techniques that are involved typically include herbal medications, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, dietary changes, specific exercises for balance restoration, and acupuncture.

Treating Hives with Acupuncture

Hives, also known as urticaria, is a condition that twenty percent of the United States popular will experience at least once in their lifetime. Typically hives is treated with a corticosteroid drug or antihistamines, but more people are discovering that oriental medicine and acupuncture address the condition and symptoms more effectively than any medication on the market. These methods will fix any imbalances in the body to relieve the symptoms and prevent it from reoccurring.

Red or swollen welts on the skin is defined as what is known as hives. The most common symptom of this condition is constant itching of the welts. Quite a number of people have reported a burning or stinging feeling as well. This condition can affect any part of the body such as the throat, legs, arms, hands, lips, ears, or face. The trigger of hives is usually caused by an allergic hypersensitive response to a chemical. Although this reaction can occur from certain medications, additives, food, sunlight, and environmental condition, three-fourths of the time the exact cause is unknown.

The length of time hives lasts can vary greatly. It can last as little as several minutes to more than a few months. It rarely causes a life-threatening state, but it still is possible if the condition shocks the body too much. Standard treatments are usually aimed at relieving itching, which involve taking antihistamines or by soothing the affected areas with a cool compressor.

Research has proven time and time again that acupuncture and oriental medicine are best for treating any skin condition. These methods date back all the way to the first century and are still used today. Specific herbs and needles were used to comfort pain caused by conditions like hives.

Common Acupuncture Points for Hives

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain ReliefThe Easterners saw hives as “wind invading the skin.” They used terms and phrases such as this to diagnose the specific problems a person had and which acupuncture points need to be targeted as well as what lifestyle changes need to be made. The treatments used will target both the main condition and the symptoms that are caused from it. Acupuncture will restore balance to the body which will not only heal it from any condition, but improve it overall.

There are over three hundred acupuncture points on the body. Those who specialize in acupuncture will know which to target based on a person’s health condition and symptoms. The two points that are used to treat hives include the LI 11 and SP 10. LI 11, or Large Intestine 11, is located on the outside of the elbow which can be best exposed when the arm is at a ninety degree angle. The LI 11 helps remove any heat from the body which will reduce inflammation caused by hives. SP 10, or Spleen 10, is found right above the kneecap and can best be accessed when the knee is bent. This point is considered a significant point on the body and is used for many conditions including hives.

Study: Acupuncture and Hives

Recently a study was conducted by the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences that aimed to research how acupuncture affected those with a chronic hives condition. The study required two groups, the first half received acupuncture while the other group was treated with a mock version of acupuncture.

After roughly three weeks, results revealed that acupuncture does reduce the duration of hives by twenty-five percent as well as decreases the chances of it reoccurring. After the treatment was finished only a few had their symptoms reemerge, but at a much weaker strength than they were originally. This concluded that acupuncture is more efficient each time one receives it.

In This Issue

  • Treating Common Skin Conditions
  • Treating Hives with Acupuncture
  • Common Acupuncture Points for Hives
  • Study: Acupuncture and Hives