Acupuncture, Acne, and LED Light Therapy: Synergistic Effects

Acupuncture therapy for acne encompasses many techniques: acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, and LED light therapy.  By combining different natural therapies, the treatment addresses specific aspects of acne during the cycle of development. The ultimate goal of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is to treat the root cause of the acne and bring balance to the body.

Customized to You

Not all acne is alike so treatment also needs to be personalized to the type of acne. Are there predominantly white heads and black heads, inflammatory acne, hormonal acne, or cystic acne? Is it hormonal acne?

Our treatment is customized to each person. Acupuncture for acne, herbal formulas, and cupping therapies will be tailored to each person’s type of acne depending on the type of acne.

Light therapy gives us another tool to help control acne and is quite powerful for reducing the bacteria that causes acne and promoting healthy looking skin.

Acupuncture points will be chosen according to the type of acne, location of the acne, as well as whole body symptoms such as digestion and menstrual cycles. Acupuncture points can be chosen along the meridian, on the arms and the legs, and also over the location of the acne.

Acupuncture helps to balance the body, hormones, and reduce inflammation. Herbal medicine is powerful to target specific imbalances as well as many aspects of the acne cycles.

Cupping for Acne

If it is more inflammatory or cystic acne, then cupping on the back can also be used. Cupping reduces inflammation and also has an antioxidant effect. In Chinese medicine, cupping helps to remove heat and promote the circulation of qi and blood.

Why does Light Therapy (LLLT) work for treating Acne?  

Acne is treated with a mix of different color lights. Blue light is able to kill acne-causing bacteria. This natural method for reducing the bacteria helps to treat the acne rapidly. Blue light combined with red light also reduces inflammation. In one treatment people often notice a reduction in their acne, but it is the cumulative effect of regular treatments that makes a dramatic difference. Combined with red and infrared light, light therapy also helps speed the healing of the skin.

Acupuncture combined with Light therapy is more powerful combination to target both the inflammation and the bacteria causing the acne.  

How does Chinese Herbal Medicine address acne?

Two of the unique things about Chinese Herbal medicine for acne: first is that herbal medicine is the combination of many herbs.  Each one address a specific cause of acne. The second is these herbs are individualized to target your type of acne. Each herb has a role, for example, to reduce inflammation, reduce bacteria levels, and balance hormones. Together the formula has a synergistic effect on the body and speed healing. This will help treat the underlying imbalance leading to long term improvement.  

Synergy of Many Approaches

Combining many approaches allows a multi-level natural healing of the body. We are able to target the heat, inflammation, hormones, stagnation that are leading to the cycle of acne.

In order to best service our patients, do not charge extra for different services. Herbs are purchased separately. So you will get whatever the best treatment is for your specific type of acne.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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