Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Eczema

acupuncture models historic 1My patients with eczema are looking for natural and safe therapies. Acupuncture seems like an obvious choice because it is safe and has been used for skin conditions for thousands of years. But people don’t always know why it helps.

Acupuncture for Eczema

Acupuncture is a therapy that uses very thin needles to stimulate acupuncture points that have a specific healing effect. Its very safe and is very relaxing experience.

Here are a number of reasons why acupuncture is great for helping eczema.

1. Acupuncture helps to reduce itch. If you’re reading this article, then you probably know … Read More

How Acupuncture Treats Acne

Weighting chinese herbs1People are often curious how I treat acne. Acupuncture works by correcting the root cause of acne. Most acne is caused by heat, toxicity, dampness, or stagnation in the flow of qi. Each person is unique and not all people develop acne from the same root causes.

Herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments are customized to correct the root imbalance causing your acne. To create the optimal herbal and acupuncture therapy, I will consider your overall health to find the specific imbalance causing the acne. Digestion, menstrual cycle, immunity, and energy levels all play a factor. Most importantly, I will consider … Read More

Emollients for Atopic Eczema

Many people underestimate the power of thick emollients or moisturizers to help atopic eczema. Thick fatty emollients with the right fatty acid balance can significantly help reduce eczema symptoms significant.  Understanding atopic eczema is necessary for understanding why emollients and topical oils can help.

What is Atopic Eczema?

Atopic eczema can be understood through looking at each of the words in the name. Eczema describes characteristics of dry inflamed skin. Atopic is specifically used to refer to people who have an elevated IgE reaction to allergens including eczema, hay fever (seasonal allergies), food allergies, and allergic asthma. IgE is an … Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Skin Conditions

Skin diseases are one of the most common reasons to see your doctor. Yet, they are often stubborn conditions which do not respond to medications.  Or even worse the medications have side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers a natural and effective treatment for many skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, perioral dermatitis, and others.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating skin diseases for at least 3000 years. The treatment of many skin diseases were discussed in the first known book of Chinese medicine, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huang Di Nei Jing). In the thousands of years … Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment of Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a condition of the face that causes troublesome bumps, dry skin, irritation, and a red rash around the mouth. Those with perioral dermatitis (POD) know that it affects more than just the skin causing worry and anxiety about your appearance, what you use on the skin, what you are eating, and anything that may be causing this upsetting dermatitis on the face!

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are powerful natural treatments for perioral dermatitis and have been used for thousands of years to treat skin conditions.

Perioral Dermatitis in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Acupuncture reduces itch in atopic eczema

Atopic eczema causes profound itching.  Often the itching is the first sign of the condition and scratching leads to the inflammation.

A recent research report examined acupuncture treatment of itch in atopic dermatitis (1).  This study was quite sophisticated.  They compared acupuncture versus antihistamine treatment to reduce itching.  They also compared acupuncture and antihistamine to an acupuncture and an antihistamine placebo.  Finally, they looked at if acupuncture was better for preventing the itch or treating the active itching.

The acupuncture was stronger than the antihistamine in its ability to reduce itching.  In fact, the acupuncture was the only clinically relevant … Read More

Acupuncture for Adult Acne Treatment

Some think that only teenagers get acne.  But many adults, mostly women, develop acne in their 20’s and remain with it well into their 40’s.  Adult acne is a very common issue I treat in my acupuncture clinic. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective for adult acne treatment.

One theory is that stress causes hormone imbalances which effect the development of acne. Also, as many people know, the menstrual cycle can influence acne.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acne Treatment

Acupuncture helps the body to manage stress and encourages the body to relax. Chinese herbs work to regulate … Read More

Acupuncture Calms Itch from Eczema

Eczema causes terrible itching.  The itching in many cases is what leads to the development of dry, irritated, and inflamed skin associated with eczema.  I often use acupuncture to help control the itching in eczema.

A research paper from last year showed that acupuncture helps to reduce itching in people with eczema.  In this study, the researched caused a hypersensitivity reaction in eczema patients.  Then, they used acupuncture to help reduce that itching.

In my NYC Acupuncture clinic I often use acupuncture to help patients with itching from eczema.  I find that auricular and body acupuncture combination to be … Read More

Correcting Imbalances with Chinese herbs: A Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that imbalances are the cause of disease in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. For autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, the concept of imbalances really makes sense. The immune system is overactive and the body attacks itself. In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, the three most common imbalances that cause the psoriasis are blood heat, blood dryness, and blood stagnation.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture doctors have long said that by removing these imbalances, the acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a natural treatment that acts like hitting the reset switch, in this case, resetting the immune … Read More

The Heartbreak of Psoriasis

“The Heartbreak of Psoriasis” is a phase the author John Updike, a sufferer of psoriasis himself, used to describe his self consciousness with the condition. While psoriasis is a skin condition, it impacts people’s daily lives in social situations and has a significant emotional impact. In addition, psoriasis may cause itching, physical discomfort, and is often associated with arthritic joint pain.   Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used to treat psoriasis for thousands of years.

What Causes Psoriasis?

In both acupuncture theory and western medicine, psoriasis is more than skin deep. Psoriasis is caused by a complex interaction between genetic … Read More