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TCM suggests acupuncture besides the aforementioned Chinese herbs as an adjunct therapy for skin conditions.

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TCM or traditional Chinese medicine in Jacksonville has for millennia been great remedies for several kinds of maladies from internal health conditions to skin problems, such as alopecia, psoriasis, acne, eczema and others. A lot of acupuncturists and TCM practitioners these days utilize acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat their patients who want a non-chemical and less invasive treatment approach to their health problem.

TCM considers good health to be a balance between a person’s environment he/she lives in and his/her body’s internal systems. The disruption of the balance between yin and yang, blood and Qi or energy can give rise to the occurrence of diseases. Environmental conditions, such as dryness, dampness, cold, heat and wind can also play a factor in illness. Moreover, traditional Chinese medicine considers the mind as a powerful factor that can affect a person’s health.

In dermatology, there are four aspects where TCM can be utilized. Za Bing (disorders such as gangrene and acute stomach disorders), Gan Men Bing (anus or rectal disorders like hemorrhoids), Ri Fu Ling (skin conditions like warts and eruptions) and Chang Yang (skin sores).

TCM adopts the Three Yellow Cleanser (Zan Wan Hsi Ji) to resolve around 60% of skin problems that may include psoriasis, rashes, dermatitis, eczema and acne. The Three Yellow Cleanser is a centuries-old formula that is composed of four cleansing herbs having a “cold attribute” that help remove internal heat (Ching Re), cease itching (Shi Yang) and stop secretions (Zhou Se) from further oozing. The formula has three out of four herbs that possess a yellow hue, which explains its name.

Skullcap (Wan Chin), Phellodendron (Wang Bai), Sophora (Qu Shen) and Rhubarb (Dai Wang) are the four herbs that were scientifically studied and were seen to possess anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Some of these studies have proved that Phellodendron (Wang Bai) is a potent remedy for eczema.

TCM also suggests acupuncture besides the aforementioned Chinese herbs as an adjunct therapy for skin conditions. When certain acupuncture points are stimulated, endorphin production is increased and the endocrine and immune systems are also activated. Acupuncture points are important nerve points that provide a conduit to the energetic meridians of the various physiological systems of the body that perform different functions depending on their location.

Certain acupuncture points are stimulated for specific skin disorders. These points may be located on the torso, legs and arms. Disposable single-use, high quality surgical acupuncture needles are used by the acupuncturist to activate those acupuncture points. The needles are usually allowed to be inserted into the points for as little as 10 minutes to as long as a full hour based on the desired effect. Electricity or heart may also used with heated needles (three fire needles). They may also be wired on a pair of small alligator clips connected to the needles where light electrical pulses travel from a small electrical device.

Unfortunately, no long-term comprehensive study has been done to validate acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating skin condition although a number of clinical trials dealing with less than a hundred cases were included in the 2002 World Health Organization’s 2002 publication.

The World Health Organization also stated that random clinical trials were done that validated the effectiveness of acupuncture on curing neurodermatitis, pruritus, herpes zoster and chloasma. In one trial, 60 subjects with chloasma got well after undergoing acupressure and auricular acupuncture which delivered much better results than Vitamins C and E.

In another report published in the 1994 edition of the World Journal of Acupuncture-Moxibustion, the researchers who did the study monitored the healing effects of laser acupuncture on the human (alpha) herpes virus 3. Laser acupuncture relieved and treated pain and scar tissue formation much faster than polyinosinic acid therapy.

Acupuncture also showed powerful anti-pruritic effects compared to other modalities. It showed its potency in resolving neurodermatitis through the use of the three-step seven-star needling treatment as posted in the 1998 edition of the Journal of Guiyang Chinese Medical College.

In addition to acupuncture and herbs, TCM also recommends diet modification. Individuals with skin conditions should stay away from crab, shrimp, fish and alcohol. They should also eat more fruits and leafy green vegetables.

Written by Valerie

September 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am

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