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January 1, 2018

Acupuncture for Acne?


Can acupuncture help relieve acne?……You bet!  How can this be you may ask yourself.  Isn’t acupuncture just for pain?  The answer is a resounding no.  Acupuncture does an excellent job of relieving pain, however that is just one of the many conditions it is useful for.  Acne can respond quite well to treatment from an acupuncturist.   Acne is caused by debris that is “stuck” in the skin.  The debris is often the left-over chemical components of greasy, spicy foods that have no where to go, so they gather in the skin obstructing its function. Dense, fatty foods aggravate this condition, making it common in teens and individuals who consume less than optimal quantities of foods like pizza, cheese, fries, ice cream, burgers, sausages and even beer!  Combine this with foods that are energetically hot and spicy, and add some overactive hormones and you have the perfect recipe for some wicked acne.


The good news is your acupuncturist can guide this stored “gunk” out of your body by selecting points that help move it along internally.  These points are not necessarily in the area where the acne appears. In fact, more likely than not, your Chinese medicine practitioner will select points on the limbs—even if your acne is on the face.  The color and type of acne you have will make a difference as well; maybe not to you but to your practitioner.  Acne that is purple in color is more than likely caused by blood that is not moving along as it should. For a variety of reasons, it has slowed down in this area of the skin and gotten stuck.  The result is a purple and sometimes raised area in the skin.  Acupuncture needles can get this moving along as well.  To increase the likelihood of success, you may want to also have your practitioner get you started on herbs for your type of acne.  When selecting an acupuncturist, you’ll want to make sure yours is well versed in the entire system of Chinese internal medicine, not just pain relief. This well help insure you get the results you desire.  The practitioner should also have a solid background in herbal medicine.  To find out if this is the case, look for the designations L.Ac and NCCAOM Diplomate of OM after your acupuncturist’s name.  For more information on this article or treating your acne, contact Dr. Kimberly M. Davis, DACM, L.Ac, Dipl OM at 630-235-8824, Ruah Center, Naperville


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