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You’re Gorgeous Now! But Get Skin Deep Beauty with Acupuncture

 

Beautiful Skin with Acupuncture!

Beautiful Skin with Acupuncture!

Hard to improve upon perfection — but acupuncture is very effective for your skin complaints! 

Acupuncture treatments are effective because they treat more than the symptoms.  In acupuncture, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors of the individual when treating skin problems.

Acne is among the most common of skin conditions. If you suffer from acne, you’re not alone. It affects almost all adolescents to some degree, and can extend into adulthood. The degree of severity can vary widely, and sometimes scarring can occur. It can also be the source of physical pain and local skin infections.

Acupuncture methods such as auricular and hormone balancing acupuncture are the most commonly used acupuncture methods for treating acne. When acupuncture is used for acne, it targets specific areas of the body that are known to trigger digestion and the immune system and to reduce inflammation. It also works on regulating your body’s internal structures, organs and functions, as well as balancing hormone levels.

When acupuncture regulates your body’s hormone output, it also regulates your skin’s oils and make your skin clearer. Hormone balancing acupuncture has more benefits for women who have hormone imbalances and menstrual problems like mood swings, PMS, cramping, etc. which will also be helped greatly with this procedure. Acupuncture is also effective in stimulating the body’s immune responses which can help deal with the bacteria that cause the acne. 

Another common skin complaint is Rosacea.  Rosacea is a cyclic inflammatory skin condition. Symptoms are redness on the face, red bumps (pustules) on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, thickening of the skin, visible blood vessels (telangiectasia), burning sensation in the eyes, and flushing/blushing.  Rosacea will flare up for a few weeks or months, then appear to get better before flaring up again. 

The actual cause of rosacea is unclear. It also tends to be a progressive problem, meaning that it gets worse over time.  When rosacea is severe, patients often also develop redness, dryness, grittiness, and inflammation of the eyes that can eventually lead to partial vision loss. 

Acupuncture - gentle treatment for the delicate flower that you are!

Acupuncture – Gentle Treatment for Delicate Flowers!

Acupuncture treats rosacea by cooling red, inflamed skin, clearing pustules and helping to reduce the appearance of blood vessels. Part of the treatment for rosacea is to determine and eliminate the source of the heat and causes of flare-ups. This involves an assessment and history of the condition, lifestyle factors, diet, and triggers, such as alcohol and stress.

Acupuncture works best alongside dietary therapy and lifestyle modifications to help treat rosacea, acne and many other conditions. As each person is unique, and each set of symptoms is unique — therefore, each treatment is unique.  Acupuncture is a wonderful way to treat your beautiful skin holistically. 

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Have Teenage Skin (and you’re over 30)? Acupuncture For Acne!

Beautiful skin with acupuncture!

Yes, beauty is more than skin deep. However, for those who suffer from skin issues, it can certainly feel like beauty is only for those with good lighting.

We know that’s not the case! Firstly, please know you’re gorgeous. Secondly, you’re not alone in suffering from acne — 85% of teenagers and up to 40% of adults have acne.

And thirdly, if you happen to have acne, there is help! Acupuncture can help relieve the inflammation and work from the inside out to give you the complexion you’ve been wanting.

How is acupuncture good for acne?

Acupuncture treatments are effective because they treat more than the symptoms of acne. When acupuncture is used for acne, it targets specific areas of the body that are known to trigger digestion and the immune system and to reduce inflammation. It also works on regulating your body’s internal structures, organs and functions, as well as balancing hormone levels.

There’s been years of research behind this as well. In 2009, Tianjin University of TCM in China looked at 1,613 case studies about acne and acupuncture conducted over a period of 40 years. After evaluating the studies in combination with western medicine studies, the researchers found that found acupoint stimulation treatments were as effective, and possibly more effective, than many Western acne treatment methods. Acupuncture treatments do not have painful side effects, like bleached skin, itchy skin, or flaking skin, which can occur with many traditional treatments. 

Want Pretty Skin? Eat Eggs!

Restoring the body’s balance is key, and paying attention to your diet will also aid in clearing acne. Increasing Omega-3 levels, and vitamin A and D, (they’re antiproliferative, which means they stop the growth of malignant cells) will help. A and D are also responsible for producing skin hormones and benefiting the immune system. Vitamin D is also helpful for reducing autoimmune disorders, and lowering the rate of infectious diseases.  

Foods High in Omega-3chick and egg

  • Pasture-raised meats
  • Eggs
  • Edamame (green soybeans)
  • Wild rice
  • Walnuts
  • Flax
  • Beans

 

Foods High in Vitamin D

  • Shiitake and Button Mushrooms
  • Mackerel (lots of Omega-3 here, too)
  • Sockeye Salmon (A 3½ ounce portion of cooked salmon gives 90% of the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin D.)
  • SardinesWoman with kale
  • Tuna
  • Eggs

Foods High in Vitamin A

  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Squash
  • Dried Apricots
  • Tuna

Summer’s here, and it’s time to stop hiding! Acupuncture can help balance the body and restore the acne-fighting elements of the body. Changing your diet, supplementing with acne-fighting foods, and getting weekly acupuncture treatments will lead you on the path to beautiful skin. Beautiful skin, a beautiful you, inside and out!

Sources:
1. Dréno, Recent data on epidemiology of acne, Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie, Volume 137, Issue 12, Supplement 2, December 2010, Pages 3-5.

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Healthy Skin with Acupuncture? Acupuncture Heals Acne!

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Healthy Skin with Acupuncture!

Beauty is only skin deep…and underneath all the skin we’re all the same.

Both of these statements are true (thank you Thomas Overbury and strangely enough, Steve Guttenberg), but when you suffer from acne, it feels as though it’s all people can see, and really can have a significant effect on your social and emotional health.

Acupuncture can help!

Acne is among the most common of skin conditions. It affects almost all adolescents to some degree, and can extend into adulthood. The degree of severity can vary widely, and sometimes scarring can occur. It can also be the source of physical pain and local skin infections.

According to Western medicine, acne is a disorder of the hair follicle sebaceous gland. This gland can get clogged, the clogged pore then becomes a pimple. Hormones and bacteria in the skin make the clogging worse. In some people, the pimple can become inflamed leading to development of painful cysts.

In acupuncture, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors of the individual when treating skin problems. Acne is most often associated with heat and dampness effecting the organs and channels of the lungs, stomach, and spleen. Each organ has specific functions and is connected to a channel that runs from the skin’s surface internally to connect with the organ. The organs involved with acne are because of both the function as well as the locations of their channels.

Stress, overwork, and congenital factors are some of the most common reasons for disharmony. Food choices are also a common cause. For example, eating greasy, spicy, and heavy foods disrupt the function of the spleen in digestion that can lead to dampness, which can influence an acne flare-up. A combination of diet and acupuncture is known to give even better results in treating acne. When the diet is controlled by incorporating less greasy/oily foods and including fresh fruits and vegetables, it helps in reducing the secretion of excess oil into the skin surface which causes acne. And your insides will feel better, too!

In women, if acne becomes worse around the menstrual cycle, it may be related to the qi, the body’s energy, and blood. Qi flows throughout the body’s channels. Emotions such as stress, frustration, and anger can cause the qi to slow down to stagnate. Frequently, acne and other skin problems which occur around the menses are caused by qi and blood stagnation. For this acupuncture points such as Liver 3 on the foot, and Spleen 6 above the ankle may be used.

Acupuncture methods like auricular acupuncture and hormone balancing acupuncture are the most commonly used acupuncture methods for treating acne. Hormone balancing acupuncture has more benefits for women who have hormone imbalances and menstrual problems like mood swings, menstrual cramps etc. which will also be helped greatly with this procedure.

Acupuncture can help regulate your body’s hormone output, thus regulating the skins oils and make your skin clearer. Acupuncture is effective in stimulating the bodies immune responses which can help deal with the bacteria that cause the acne.

By taking the pulse, asking in-depth questions, and observing the tongue and skin, we will make an individualized diagnosis. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment. It can help those with all degrees and types of acne with clearing the skin, as well as improve overall wellness and peace of mind.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Acupuncture Very Helpful With Acne

Improve your Complexion with Acupuncture

Improve your Complexion with Acupuncture

Beautiful skin is certainly desired.

Always a sensitive topic, acne is among the most common of skin conditions.  It afflicts almost all adolescents to some degree, and can extend into adulthood.  The degree of severity can vary widely, and sometimes scarring can occur.  But no matter how bad, acne can have a significant effect on social and emotional health.   It can also be the source of physical pain and local skin infections. 

According to Western medicine, acne is a disorder of the hair follicle sebaceous gland.  This gland can get clogged, the clogged pore then becomes a pimple.  Hormones and bacteria in the skin further exacerbate the clogging of pores.  In some people, the pimple can become inflamed leading to development of large painful pimples, commonly referred to as cysts. 

In acupuncture, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors of the individual when treating skin problems. Acne is most often associated with heat and dampness effecting the organs and channels of the lungs, stomach, and spleen.

Each organ has specific functions and is connected to a channel that runs from the skin’s surface internally to connect with the organ. The organs involved with acne are because of both the function as well as the locations of their channels.

Stress, overwork, and congenital factors are some of the most common reasons for disharmony.  Food choices are also a common cause. For example,  eating greasy, spicy, and heavy foods disrupt the function of the spleen in digestion that can lead to dampness, which can influence an acne flare-up.  

In women, if acne becomes worse around the menstrual cycle, it may be related to the qi, the body’s energy, and blood.  Qi flows throughout the body’s channels.  Emotions such as stress, frustration, and anger can cause the qi to slow down to stagnate.  Frequently, acne and other skin problems which occur around the menses are caused by qi and blood stagnation.  For this acupuncture points such as Liver 3 on the foot, and Spleen 6 above the ankle may be used.  

By taking the pulse, asking in-depth questions, and observing the tongue and skin, we will make an individualized diagnosis. Acne is treated very well with acupuncture. Acupuncture can help regulate your body’s hormone output, thus regulating the skins oils and make your skin clearer. Acupuncture is effective in stimulating the bodies immune responses which can help deal with the bacteria that cause the acne. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment.  It can help those with all degrees and types of acne with clearing the skin, as well as improve overall wellness.  

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

And visit us on Facebook!