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Acupuncture for Acne

Acupuncture for Acne

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment often used to relieve

pain. But many people have seen therapeutic effects by using it to

stop smoking, lose weight, and to improve acne. Your chi, or

energy, travels through the body by way of invisible meridians.

Acupuncture works by using tiny needles to stimulate these pathways

at specific pressure points in order to restore the balance

between Yin and Yang.

Tiny sterile needles are inserted into the skin at specific points on

your body. The needle is left in place or stimulated either by

twirling it, by using a heat preparation known as moxa, or by an

electric current. An acupuncturist may also prescribe an herbal

formula for a person to take in addition to the treatment.

Although there have been no well-designed studies evaluating the

use of acupuncture for acne, there have been several reports that

auricular (acupuncture applied to the ear) and electroacupuncture

(acupuncture delivered by an electrical current) therapies may

have lessened the inflammatory component of acne. But, on the

whole, acupuncture is an unproven acne treatment.


Treating Acne with the Ancient Art of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is practiced in India and is gaining popularity in the West.

According to Ayurveda, all diseases are caused by poor internal

organ imbalances and an improper diet. Dietary measures using

quality herbs are stressed to reduce the severity of acne and also

to prevent breakouts.

Ayurveda depicts three biological humors or energies called

doshas. The three doshas are called vata, pitta, and kapha. For

good health and well-being to be maintained, the three doshas

within you need to be in balance. This means that a person needs

to maintain his original doshic makeup through life as much as

possible to maintain good health. Factors such as the dietary

choices you make and the lifestyle you lead can cause one or more

of the doshas in your prakriti to increase or decrease from its original

level and create an imbalance. If this imbalance isn’t corrected,

you eventually lose your good health. That’s why restoring balance

is the central theme of the ayurvedic approach to health.

According to Ayurveda, acne is caused by the aggravation of all the

three doshas. The primary aggravated dosha, however, is pitta. Pitta

dosha symbolizes heat or fire in the body. Bad food habits such as

eating white flour and white sugar products, and greasy, fried, and

spicy food, together with stress, tension, polluted environments,

and excessive use of chemicals, also aggravate pitta dosha. This

aggravated dosha erupts on the skin as acne and pimples. Dietary

rules are available in detail at www.ayurvedwebline.com.

The following are some suggested Ayurvedic acne home remedies:

- Drinking a half a cup of aloe vera juice, twice daily.

- Applying a paste of nutmeg and a little water to acne lesions

and affected areas.

- Using orange peel face packs. The orange peels are pounded

into a paste with a little water and applied to the affected areas.

- Drinking the Sunder Vati herbal preparation that includes

ginger, Holarrhena antidysenterica, Embelia ribes, and Kampo.

Some Ayurvedic herbal products often contain high levels of heavy

metals, which are considered unsafe.

Ayurveda methods have not been scientifically tested, so the jury

is out.

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