Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting almost all adolescents to some degree, that can also continue into adulthood. Acne outbreaks can be triggered by hormonal disorders, increased stress, poor diet, use of inappropriate cosmetics, poor hygiene and alcohol consumption.
The severity can vary widely, but no matter how severe it is, acne can have a significant impact on social and emotional health. It can also be a source of physical pain and local skin infections.
Acne in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Specifically, in acne “an increase in heat and humidity in the body is considered responsible, which affect and are affected by the function of the lungs, stomach and spleen”.
The result of this disharmony in the body is expressed by acne on different areas of the skin. Acupuncture leads to the secretion of substances that have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, endocrine and neurotransmitter effects, thus affecting and harmonizing functions of the various systems of the human body.
In general, acne treatment in each patient is unique. The acupuncture treatment is adapted to the needs of each individual. Depending on each case, treatment may include acupuncture alone or in combination with herbs or essential oils. The frequency with which acupuncture is performed is initially 2 to 3 times a week and then less frequently, on a weekly basis, for about 2 to 3 months.
Benefits acupuncture offer for acne:
Tendonitis is a common injury that occurs to tendons, typically due to repetitive action. The tendon is a thick cord-like structure that attaches bones to muscles. When a repetitive action strains the tendon, it becomes inflamed and irritated, causing pain and discomfort. Other causes for tendonitis include arthritis, gout, and adverse reactions to certain types of medicine.
Tendonitis isn’t just work or exercise-related, as tendons tend to lose elasticity with age. Tendonitis mostly affects the shoulders, heels, elbows, and wrists. The inflammation can even cause an infection within the tendon sheath. Acupuncture has been hailed as an incredibly useful treatment for tendinitis since 1990 as studies in The Clinical Journal of Pain came to light. The studies revealed that participants who suffered from shoulder tendinitis had their pain reduced considerably, as well as be able to return to daily activities, move their shoulder, and regain strength after a single acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture needles are inserted in acupoints on the meridians of the body, thus, alleviating pain and restoring circulation to the area. Healing occurs and the swelling is disappears. When needles are placed at the point of the injury, correcting the disharmony in the body, the flow improve, therefore restores the imbalance and heals.