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Why Not Try Acupuncture for the Treatment of Your Acne?

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Based on those who believe and practice TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is one very good treatment for acne. This is due to acupuncture’s way of bringing back normality to the functions of the various the organ systems of the body. It also helps cure diseases such as acne, eczema and other skin conditions caused by a certain imbalance in the body.

The underlying principle in acupuncture is the belief of ley lines, yin and yang and acupuncture points existing in the body. Besides these ley lines or meridians, yin and yang, and pressure points, acupuncture practitioners and adherents also believe that if a person has an illness, his yin and yang is imbalanced, resulting in physical conditions such as acne. To bring back balance, specific acupuncture points are treated with extremely thin acupuncture needles. When the needles are inserted in the proper pressure points, the flow of energy is rebalanced resulting in the removal of the disease.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine theory, acne or zit breakouts are signs of the body having too much internal heat. This means that in order to resolve the acne, the lungs (the organ system that governs the skin) need to be cooled down and purified. This is done by inserting a few needles into certain parts of the body to stimulate the meridians.

Multiple sessions of acupuncture therapy are required in order to get the best results of acne treatment. These sessions may also involve the use of cupping therapy, which is a healing procedure that uses glass cups to suction certain parts of your skin. This treatment helps to cool down the lungs and detoxify your body to help restore balance.

Western medicine techniques and acupuncture in Bellingham are very different from each other. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that not only targets the zits but the underlying cause of the disease or imbalance as well.

A study done involving the potency of EAT (electro-acupuncture) therapy in addressing the hormonal imbalance associated with acne has showed that EAT therapy is able to regulate the hormones leading to a reduction in sebum production of the acne patient. Other studies have been conducted that show the efficacy of acupuncture in treating breakouts. To conclusively prove its effectiveness, more controlled studies need to be done in this field of research.

Availing of acupuncture treatment to help avert the rise of acne breakouts is something you need to consider if current conventional therapies and medications have failed to cure your acne. Still, it is a good idea to consult first with a dermatologist who is open minded in order to find out the best and most effective treatment for you. The dermatologist can recommend a proper form of treatment for you. For people suffering from a severe type of acne, certain strong prescription medications can be prescribed for their condition.

You should know that the effectiveness of natural acne therapies may depend on the person. As with most natural forms of acne treatments, do not expect to get immediate results after a few sessions of acupuncture. Furthermore, it will help you a lot if you do a little research on other natural treatment remedies for acne breakouts.

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March 14th, 2015 at 4:05 am

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Dermatologists see acupuncture as a valid and effective treatment for acne

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Science has still been unable to explain what really causes acne and therefore no definite and real cures have been created for this disease. There are a huge number of different treatments offered in the market for acne; however, one of the safest and most effective treatments for it is acupuncture.

Acupuncture for acne is now starting to become a mainstream type of treatment for a lot of acne sufferers in the United States. Even dermatologists see acupuncture as a valid and effective treatment for acne.

Acupuncture is considered a part of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short. The acupuncturist inserts needles inserted into energy channels known as meridians. Some meridians in the body lay in the joints. Acupuncture clears any blockages to Qi or energy flow as these blockages are the reasons why a person becomes sick. These obstructions result in some form of disorder or disease.

Modern science is not certain if acupuncture actually can help treat a condition if one follows the way of thinking of medical scientists. However, when it comes to real results, modern science has no explanation as to why acupuncture truly resolves several types of conditions successfully and this includes treating acne. One very effective type of acupuncture treatment for acne is ear or auricular acupuncture. Another very promising type of acne acupuncture is electro acupuncture, which involves the use of a mild electrical current into the body to increase stimulation of the meridians.

Acupuncture has actually many forms. It is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to make the treatment more powerful and effective. Two systems of Chinese herbal therapy exist: Chi Kung and Tai Chi. Both were developed in China around 2500 BC. Traditional Chinese medicine was unknown to the Western world for thousands of years and it was only during these past several centuries has it been widely adopted by the West.

According to TCM, the human body possesses over a thousand acupuncture points and around fifty nine meridians. Individuals suffering from a number of ailments and conditions like acne and acne scars, bronchitis and asthma can be treated with acupuncture. One of the best benefits of acupuncture is its ability to remove pain. Each individual reacts to acupuncture in different ways which means that there may be some people who may not find acupuncture as effective in treating a condition as others.

One of the greatest advantages in using acupuncture is that this modality is completely devoid of any side effects.


Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905

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October 15th, 2014 at 1:11 am

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Acupuncture for Acne

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Adherents and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) see acupuncture as an effective treatment for acne. They consider acupuncture as a way to bring back balance in the body and cure maladies that are due to a specific imbalance such as acne and other skin conditions.

The body has thousands of acupuncture points on the skin and underneath these points are pathways of energy where vital energy known as Qi travels. These energy vessels are called meridian. Acupuncture points, Qi and meridians are all concepts of traditional Chinese medicine. When a condition occurs, the cold and hot aspects in the body known as yin and yang become imbalanced. This causes physical symptoms like acne. To help bring back balance, specific acupuncture points need to be identified and treated with acupuncture needles. Once the needles are pricked into the points, the flow of energy becomes normal once more helping bring back balance to the yin and yang. This, in turn, results in the treatment of the condition.

Based on this concept, acne breakouts and zits are symptoms of excessive heat in the lungs. This means that to heal those breakouts and zits, the lungs, (the organ, according to TCM, that controls your skin) need to be cleansed and cooled down. An effective way of accomplishing those is to insert thin acupuncture needles into certain points to stimulate the meridians.

For acupuncture therapy to be truly effective in treating acne, multiple treatment sessions are needed. Oftentimes, other modalities like “cupping” are combined in the acupuncture treatment. Cupping is a TCM modality that uses glass cups to suction certain parts of your skin. According to TCM practitioners, this technique helps remove toxins from your body and also cools down your lungs that all help in restoring balance in your body.

The methods utilized by western medicine are entirely different than the one used in acupuncture. Acupuncture, unlike conventional western medicine, is a holistic therapy that not only aims to treat the breakouts and zits, it also cures the root of the problem or imbalance.

A study was done involving the use of electro-acupuncture to resolve hormonal imbalance causing certain types of acne. The results indicate the potency of electro-acupuncture in resolving acne symptoms since a greater percentage of the subjects who were treated with this procedure showed significant improvements compared to the ones who were treated with anti-acne medications and creams. In electro-acupuncture, an electric current from an external electric device is passed through the needles while the needle is in your acupuncture point.

If you have acne or just want this condition from developing in your body, you need to consult with a licensed acupuncturist in order to see if acupuncture is the best one for your condition. You can also talk to a dermatologist since he can recommend to you the best treatment for your acne. People with severe types of acne need to stay with their prescribed medications.

In treating acne, acupuncturists base their plan of treatment on the patient’s constitution and manifested symptoms.  Being a natural form of treatment, acupuncture treatment takes time so do not expect instant results after a few acupuncture sessions.


Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

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April 18th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

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Acne Symptoms

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Acne has 4 overt types of symptoms all visible as they rise up to the skin’s surface.  Listed below are the types of acne, their symptoms and description.

Blackheads – These are sebum that got trapped in the pores and have turned black not because of dirt accumulation but due to the oxidization of the pores from the skin pigment when the pores open up. Blackheads are the most common types of acne.

Whiteheads – Whiteheads are blackheads that have not been oxidized solely because the pores have not opened up. Whiteheads should not be popped out as this will cause skin breakage.

Pustules – This is acne where the pores have filled up with pus making the skin surface look like a “volcano” or a “balloon.” The pus is whitish yellow in color and typically will form a yellow ‘head’ when the acne starts to heal. Since pustules contain pus, they are painful when touched.

Nodules – These types of acne are severely painful and they tend to get deep into the skin layers often resulting in scars.  Nodules usually take the form of large lumps and are the most common signs of severe acne – they also often appear in clumps and disfigure the skin.

Dr. Jack Handlin is an experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and oriental reproductive medicine specialist at Tree of Life Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Bellevue, WA.

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December 9th, 2013 at 2:35 am

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Acne Prevention

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Never touch your acne with your hands and fingers. This is one reminder that will help prevent the worsening of this skin condition.  Other preventive ways to acne prevention include:

Drinking a lot of water everyday – Drinking around 64 oz/day of water can flush out toxins in your system that may be causing acne.

Indulge in a regular workout program – Doing exercise everyday can help reduce mental and physical stress in the body. It also improves blood circulation that can result in a stronger immune system and removal of toxins in the body, stress reduction and more oxygen to the blood.

Showering twice a day – Doing this rids your body of excess oils that can clog pores which cause acne.

Changing face towels and bed linens regularly – Regular changes of these can prevent your skin from getting into contact with harmful skin bacteria.

Never sleep with your makeup still in your face – The toxins in your makeup will enter your body and eventually weaken your immune system and add more pimples to your acne. Also do not over moisturize since it can cause pores to unclog or blacken leaving you with unsightly blackheads.

Utilize over-the-counter acne gel or cream to rid yourself of excess sebum. Ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are good skin germs fighters that can help control and lessen your acne symptoms.

Do not use too much foundation makeup – If possible use powder instead than cream products since the former are less irritating to the skin.

Wear loose fitting clothing – Wearing tight clothing traps your sweat in your body and irritates your skin as well. This will add to skin germs in the body and skin irritation which can aggravate your acne problem. Also avoid wearing tight accessories to prevent skin friction that may damage or irritate your skin.

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New York, NY 10003
Ph: (917) 968-6456

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December 2nd, 2013 at 4:26 am

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Acne – Risk Factors

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The onset of the teenage age significantly increases a person’s risk of developing acne. At this stage, the body experiences a sudden surge of hormonal activity that often results in the excess production of sebum that lasts until the age of 20. This is true for both male and female. For women, they can develop acne during their menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.


Too much stress in the mind and body can result in the imbalance of hormone production that can result in the development of acne. Androgens, male hormones are agents that accelerate the increase of sebum in the skin. Adrenal glands are known to overproduce androgens during stressful instances which thus results in the overproduction of sebum


The frequent usage of cosmetic products with high fat content can add to the sebum in the skin that can eventually result in acne. Some drugs like lithium and those with corticosteroids, medications high in iodine content and oral contraceptives that tend to disrupt the normal function of the hormonal glands can lead to skin problems such as acne.


Since acne can be passed along by genetics and if you have a family history of acne, then you are at a high risk of developing acne as well. Babies whose mothers have the gene that causes acne can develop acne from stress during their birth.

Other Risk Factors

Besides the aforementioned common factors that can cause acne, other possible factors that may give rise to acne can include some disorders in the endocrine system, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and, polycystic ovary syndrome. Sometimes even things that cause pressure on your skin like tight collars, heavy backpacks, tight helmets can cause acne.


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November 10th, 2013 at 1:42 am

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