Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted along key points on the body. While primarily used for pain relief, this technique is used to treat many diverse conditions including anxiety, allergies and, most interestingly, acne.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is typically associated with teenagers and puberty. However, many American adults also experience breakouts. Sometimes, these blemishes are caused by fluctuating hormones, like they are during adolescence. Other times, they are caused by skin and hair care products. Before purchasing new toiletries, check that the item is “non-comedogenic” and “non-acnegenic,” meaning it won’t clog your pores.
Studies suggest that family history also plays a role in adult acne. If your parents or siblings have skin troubles, for example, you could have a genetic predisposition for acne. Stress, medication, and poor nutrition may trigger breakouts as well.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
As mentioned above, acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine. Under this approach, practitioners adopt a holistic view of the body. So, instead of treating the symptom – in this case, acne – they address the symptom’s underlying physiological causes.
Whether its hormones, family history, stress, or a combination of the three, all these causes can be traced back to Qi. Qi is the life force that flows through one’s body. When this energy becomes imbalanced, the person becomes susceptible to illness, disease, and other health issues. Acne is one such concern.
To restore balance, acupuncturists place thin needles along the body’s energy channels or meridians. The exact points depend on the patient’s unique diagnosis. Once inserted, these needles stimulate the nervous system, causing the body to release hormones that restore homeostasis. In turn, these chemicals reduce acne inflammation. Some patients see improvement in their complexion after one week. Others, particularly those with severe breakouts, may need longer.
Doctors Wanzhu Hoi and Guangpi Zu of Rockville, MD’s All Natural Health Clinic have been using acupuncture to treat acne and other conditions for over 40 years. If you’re ready for healthier skin, call the acupuncturists at (301) 770-4480 to schedule an appointment. For more on alternative medicine and its many benefits, visit the center online.