Based on the people who believe and practice TCM or traditional Chinese medicine in King of Prussia, acupuncture is one very good way of treating acne. The reason for this is acupuncture’s ability to cure disease by helping bring back balance in the body. Certain internal imbalances can result in skin problems such as acne.
Acupuncture works on the principle of life energy flowing throughout the body via energy channels known as meridians and acupuncture points that lay just below the surface of the skin. Underneath acupuncture points are the meridians; when a person suffers from a condition, the cold and hot principles of matter, which the Chinese call the Yin and Yang, is not balanced. Conditions can then arise which can include acne and other skin and non-skin problems. The insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin helps reestablish balance thus resolving the condition.
Acupuncturists attribute acne breakouts to excess heat in the lungs. Therefore, to rid oneself of acne, the abundant heat in the lungs should be cleared or at least, cooled down a bit. This can be achieved by using acupuncture to help balance the heat and cold aspects in your body. The insertion of needles at specific acupoints can help dissipate heat in the lungs and thus resolve the outbreak.
For acne treatment multiple treatments are oftentimes required. To help augment the treatment, some acupuncturists will add a procedure known as cupping along with acupuncture. Cupping involves the use of glass cups that are used to suck off toxins in certain parts of the body. Cupping is also a component of TCM and is a way to decrease heat in the lungs and remove toxins that may be contributing to the imbalance.
Unlike Western medicine, acupuncture views a person in a holistic manner. In holistic therapy, the practitioner not only resolves the symptoms of a condition, he/she also addresses the deeper problem that led to the condition in the first place which is oftentimes an imbalance or stagnation of blood and energy.
One type of treatment that has been found to be very effective in addressing acne breakouts caused by an imbalance is electro-acupuncture treatment. Western medicine has produced drugs that help regulate hormonal imbalance responsible for too much sebum production. Electro-acupuncture treatment, on the other hand, directly resolves the imbalance. Electro-acupuncture therapy or EAT involves the use of a mild electrical current generated by an external gadget flowing to acupuncture needles that have been inserted into the body.
Studies have been done that successfully prove acupuncture’s ability to heal acne breakouts. More studies need to be done, though, to validate the past results.
If you are interested in having acupuncture treatment for your acne, it’s best to see a dermatologist first to determine the type of treatment that’s best for your condition. If you are suffering from a severe form of acne, anti-acne drugs will suffice.
The potency of acupuncture varies per person. Acupuncture treatment for acne does not often produce immediate results so a little patience is required if you want this treatment to work.