Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:16 AM
I've been having acupuncture treatments once a week for the last 6 weeks. I see an internist who is also trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He says have heat in my liver and heart. TCM cannot be looked how we view western medicine. In referring to the organs, one cannot look at each organ as individual or separate from the system as a whole.
I devour all the available information I can find on TCM, both from my Dr and online, but I'm not good at explaining. I am a believer on this way of healing the body, for sure! I have suffered from severe, debilitating anxiety for 20+ years and taken all kinds of meds as well as abused illicit drugs in the past to alleviate the affects of anxiety on me. In my 1st session of acupuncture, I felt more calm and soothed than ANY drug has ever made me feel. This calm lasted for at least 6 hrs post session (which lasted 1 hr), and the rest of the week, my anxiety was lessened to about a 4 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being worst ever. Previous to acupuncture, I was at an 8 on a normal basis.
As far as the effect of acupuncture on acne: it is very hard to tell. I began taking supplements at around the same time; supplements that have cleared others 100%. I began a new, gentler skin care regimen at the same time, and changed my diet. I am happy to say that I am 100% clear of ANY and ALL acne today. I get a little pimple here & there, but that's nothing I can't handle. I have been afflicted with acne, ranging from mild to severe, for 20+ years. I've done 2 rounds of accutane in my 20's, tried every OTC product, prescription, antibiotic, BC pill, lasers, peels, diets, vitamins, etc. I've spent thousands of dollars on treatments from my derm & the plastic surgeon, all this and I still had severe acne at 35.
My skin wasn't this clear during or after accutane. Now after 2+ months of these lifestyle changes, I have almost no scars, and my skin GLOWS! Not like bright red, or pink or a weird color; it is a normal skin color with a luminous glow. I have to give credit to all the changes I've made in my life for how my skin has transformed. I am in a much calmer state on a consistent basis. I eat well, I take supplements, I exercise, I meditate daily, I get acupuncture weekly, I take care of my skin. I may have done all these things in the past, but never consistently or simultaneously. The body is an integrated SYSTEM. The skin is the largest filter in this system. If one part of the system is out of sync, all parts are affected. If all parts are working in harmony, the skin will reflect it. Lol, sorry, my mom is a hippie and I was raised amongst hippies.
Ask me any questions. I apologize if I wasn't clear in my explanation. It is difficult for me to give an intro course to TCM, both as a beginner and in a few paragraphs. if you have a specific question, it will be easier for me to explain.