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.
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