Acupuncture Treatment of Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness. Many people develop blood vessels as well as  red bumps. Because rosacea is on the face it is often very challenging and embarrassing for patients.

Acupuncture is effective for treating rosacea.  I will often use both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for helping people with rosacea.

The Causes of Rosacea

In acupuncture we think about health as balance. Imbalances lead to illnesses.  Rosacea is an imbalance in the hot and cold in the body. This is why rosacea can flare in the sun and heat or from spicy foods … Read More

Acne Healing Foods

The most important part of being healthy are your food choices. What you eat shows up in your skin and can help, or hurt, your acne.

Unfortunately, the common Standard American Diet (SAD) is terrible for your skin.

In addition to acupuncture for acne, I encourage all my patients to incorporate  food choices as part of a holistic treatment for acne.  Anti-inflammtory diets are helpful for many people with acne.

The great thing is that it is pretty simple to do.

Eat Low Glycemic Index foods:

The glycemic index of foods has to do with how … Read More

Chinese Medicine Dermatology: A Free Introductory E-book

I am very excited to share the new E-book we have been working on for so very long: An Introduction to Chinese Medicine Dermatology.  (This E-book can be downloaded through the above link).

I am very honored to work on this project as an author and editor.  This project is very near and dear to my heart as I am closely involved with both partner organizations.   The book was a was  collaboration between the International Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology Association and Learn Skin, the online integrative dermatology organization.

What’s in the Book?

This e-book is a thorough introduction … Read More

Acupuncture, Acne, and LED Light Therapy: Synergistic Effects

The best acupuncture therapy for acne incorporates many techniques including:  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 For Each Patient

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 … Read More

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Eczema

acupuncture models historic 1 Acupuncture is an obvious choice for patients with atopic eczema because it is safe and has been used for skin conditions for thousands of years.

Here are some of the top reasons acupuncture helps patients with eczema.

 

ITCH

1. Acupuncture helps to reduce itch.  Acupuncture has been shown to reduce itching in those with eczema.[1] According to acupuncture, we say this is because acupuncture helps to reduce wind, dampness, and heat which are common causes of itch in eczema.[2]

Physiologically, acupuncture works in many ways to reduce itch. Acupuncture may reduce the itch feeling by changing the … Read More

Acupuncture for Acne Success Story

Acupuncture helps heal the whole person, not just the skin.  In this success story I wanted to share about a young woman who was coming in for acne and IBS with constipation.

Her Story

The two conditions, acne and IBS-C, developed simultaneously after the patient was prescribed a long course of antibiotics to treat food poisoning which she contracted abroad. She had already finished the antibiotics as of the first visit.

Despite taking supplements, she still had frequent constipation, severe pain, and difficulty moving her bowels, and occasional loose stool.

Her acne did not vary with her menstrual cycle. … 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

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a rash on the face that may include redness, bumps, dry skin, and irritation around the mouth and nose.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat perioral dermatitis by addressing the underlying  imbalance causing the condition.

Every patient has their own experience.  The acupuncture treatment must be personalized to you.

Perioral Dermatitis in Traditional Chinese Medicine

My holistic approach to perioral dermatitis considers your whole a state of health including your skin, digestion, sleep, hormone balance, and stress levels.  My goal is to bring the body back to a state of balance, when you are in balance you are … Read More

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.

This leads to the dreaded  itch-scratch cycle.

Acupuncture can stop the itch and can be a help in stopping the itch scratch cycle.

Research Shows Acupuncture Reduces Itch

A recent research report examined acupuncture treatment of itch in atopic dermatitis (1).

This study was quite sophisticated.  They compared acupuncture versus antihistamine medication treatment to reduce itching in atopic dermatitis.  They also compared acupuncture and antihistamine to an acupuncture and an antihistamine placebo.  Finally, they looked at if … 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,  Chinese herbs, Blue LED Light therapy, and cupping 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.

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