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  • 1. Acupuncture For Acne | Chinese Herbal AcneRemedies For Clear SkinOverview Of Using Acupuncture For AcneBy way of a change from the norm here we look at Acupuncture for acne and whether it can beused, in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicines to effect a cure for this complaint.For many years acupuncture was viewed as a crank medicine by Western medical experts, like somany other natural and holistic therapies, but although somewhat unorthodox by Western standards,Traditional Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a technique has been used and perfectedover many centuries, and although today they have also adopted modern drugs from the West.Traditional Chinese medicine lives on, and even in Hong Kong, a British colony for 99 years youwill see dozens of establishments selling traditional Chinese remedies, run by experts in their fieldand of course just as many skilled acupuncturists, who have this same knowledge and are thereforeable to use acupuncture for acne as well as herbal concoctions.Acupuncture for acne – What It InvolvesIn case anyone does not actually know what acupuncture is, a brief explanation is in order.In its traditional form Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into various areas ofthe body, the positions of which is dictated by the patients illness, they may only be inserted a veryshort distance, or they may go deeper if the practitioner is highly skilled.The number of needles used varies, it is generally around five, but could be up to 15 depending onwhat condition is being treated, they may be left in position for a few minutes or sometimes up tohalf an hour.Many acupuncturists use disposable needles, so any cross-infection is never a worry, but there maybe others that use an autoclave, this is a device used in hospitals to sterilize surgical instruments.There are some other techniques used that come under the umbrella of acupuncture for acne, someor all of these may be offered, especially if you have an aversion to needles, they are not covered inthis article but given here as a reference. • Tuina – massage focused energy flow and acupressure points • Moxa – certain medicinal herbs warmed to add heat to acupuncture points • Heat lamp – . • Cupping – or moxibustion used to aid energy flow • Gua-sha – uses a tool to provide friction to the skin • Herbs – herbal teas or capsules made of herbs may be prescribed.A consultation may last an hour or so, but you may need to make up to eight visits, you will need tocheck the rates in your area as there can be quite a wide variance.Bear in mind there are many people now who practice acupuncture in the West and while they willbe skilled at what they do, acupuncture is mainly used in the West to treat painful conditions such asmuscle pain, back pain, arthritis, and rheumatism for which it can be very effective, it may eveneven be used during childbirth, dentistry or after surgery, of course it stops pain but uses no drugs,and it is still widely used by medical doctors in China and of course they use acupuncture for acne.
  • 2. Does Acupuncture For Acne Work?The answer is probably no, not just as a stand alone treatment, conditions such as in this caseacupuncture for acne, may require additional herbal remedies to be taken to complement theacupuncture treatment itself, and these will be traditional Chinese herbal remedies, therefore it islikely that very few Westerners will have the necessary knowledge of these herbs to be able toprepare them, so if you want to give this method a try your best bet here would be to seek out anative Chinese Medicine practitioner in your area if you can find one.The herbs used for the treatment of acne should perhaps cost around $25.Some practitioners may create capsules that can be easily ingested, otherwise you may need tomake an infusion yourself, much like making tea, the drawback to this method is that many of theherbs used are extrememly bitter and taste awful, but I have a secret ninja trick to combat thisproblem, this is CIA stuff so keep it to yourself.Ready? Pinch your nostrils together you won’t taste anything! works every time for anything thattastes horrible.The points at which the needles are inserted lie along invisible ‘energy channels’ called meridians,in the body, and these channels are believed to be linked to the bodys internal organs.The needles are used to unblock, increase or decrease the flow of energy through these meridians, tothe Chinese this energy is called ‘Qi’, pronounced “chee”You may have heard of the expression Yin and Yang, in Chinese medicine this refers to twoopposing but complementary forces in the body.Yin force is passive and represents darkness,coldness,moisture and swelling while the Yang force isaggressive and a source of stimulus and represents light, heat, dryness and contraction.When you are well the Yin and Yang are balanced and in perfect harmony.However an imbalance is believed to cause illness and disease.Acupuncture For Acne – Your First Visit And DiagnosisOn your initial visit to an acupuncturist, the diagnosis of the illness is first achieved by a series ofgeneral questions by the practitioner, much like a doctor would ask, about lifestyle, diet, sleeppattern, phobias you may have and the all-important questions about stress.They may have a look at your tongue, as a lot can be learned about the general state of your healthby a close inspection of this organ.Keen attention will also be paid to your pulses, as they may glean a lot of other health pointers fromthis, probably more than Western doctors, notice the plural there, there are six pulses in each wrist.They will also pay attention to your skin and hair color and texture, your posture and movement andmay also listen to you respiration and voice.After this they will then have an idea of the necessary therapy needed to correct the out of balanceQi.The first question most people ask about acupuncture is does it hurt? the answer is no all you mayfeel is a slight prick of the skin, due to the technique and skill of the practitioner.It is absolutely nothing like an injection with a hypodermic syringe, acupuncture needles are a lotthinner and sharper and are round pointed so there is nothing to fear and they do not damage theskin, the punctures do not bleed either.The Likely Cost Of Acupuncture For AcneThe cost of treatment may cost around $60-80 for the visit and up to maybe $30 for a variety of
  • 3. herbs.It has to be said that the whole course of treatment is not particularly cheap, and it may not beaffordable by everyone, but if you have tried just about everything else then it may be worthwhilegiving it a try.This may also be an alternative acne therapy worth trying for someone who cannot take prescriptiondrugs for whatever reason, and of course many of these are also very expensive.Chinese Medicine Outlook On AcneAs you may be aware acne is on of the most widespread common of skin complaints.Most afflicting teenagers and pregnant women, largely because of hormone levels, but the severitywith which each individual gets stricken with it can vary greatly, from a few pimples to painfulnodular or cystic forms.But of course, no matter severe it is, from a teenagers viewpoint especially, young girls, it can havequite an effect on their social lives and emotional well-being.Western Medical textbooks define acne as a disorder of the sebaceous gland located at the base ofhair follicles in the skin, through excess skin oil production and dead skin cells skin pores canbecome blocked, become infected with acne bacteria thus leading to pimples and zits or spots in theearly stages.However in treating diseases of the skin a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner will firstconsider the non-tangible factors of their client such as their physical and emotional state and alsotheir environment.When reading about Chinese medicine, you must forget any thoughts or ideas you have aboutWestern medicine, this is a totally different ballgame, and it is probably because of this Chinesemedicine took a long time to become accepted.A Brief Look At The Chinese MethodologyIn Chinese medicine, each organ has precise functions and is joined to a channel that runs from theskin’s surface internally to connect with the organ.To traditional Chinese medicine practitioners acne is for the most part associated with heat anddampness that affects the lungs, the stomach and the spleen.This is because the lung has control of the skin, so it follows that any skin problems can be tracedback to the lungs, before you begin to think this is mad consider for one moment the skin conditioneczema, in a multitude of cases eczema sufferers also have asthma (lung problem) doesn’t seem sodaft now does it?The lung also regulates the pores of the skin, which is one way that the heat that causes acne canescape from the body.The stomach is by nature a warm area of the body, as this is where food is digested, but because ofthis it can gain extra unwanted heat which can then manifest as pimples along the stomach channel,which leads to the chest and the face.Dampness in the stomach can also contribute to having oily skin.The spleen is in charge of digestion. When the digestive system is working properly and in balancebody produces plenty of energy and is able to get rid of dampness. If the spleen is not workingwell, dampness can accumulate and lead to greasy skin and acne.Ancient nonsense?The consumption of greasy, spicy, and heavy foods disrupt the function of the spleen in digestion
  • 4. that can lead to dampness, which can influence an acne outbreak.How often have you read about poor diet on this and other acne sites?Don’t forget these ancient Chinese texts and theories were written a long time ago and there aremany volumes covering most ailments known at that time, only recently has Western medicineunderstood the effects of diet, so there could be something to acupuncture for acne after all.Beginnings Of Acupuncture TherapyBecause we are accustomed to Western medical science and practices, and the fact that that Chinesemedicine refers to non-tangible areas of the body, it is easy to see why from the preceding text thatChinese medicine was thought of as being crackpot.However be that as it may, the first Chinese medical book on acupuncture was written around 400years BC, it was called the Nei Ching Su Wen, which translates as the ‘Yellow Emperors Classic ofInternal Medicine’ and from ancient records this was around the time the technique was first usedsuccessfully.It is hoped that this acupuncture for acne article has been useful if you have been looking forpossible alternative acne cures.For much more helpful advice and many more methods and tips for treating various acneconditions go to:http://acnetreatmentszoom.com/