The Prevalence of Skin Complaints
Acupuncture may assist with the treatment of various skin complaints
Skin complaints such as acne, eczema and psoriasis are very common skin conditions which many people seek help for, especially from their GP or dermatologist. Patients usually seek alternative or natural therapies when Western drugs such corticosteroids do not work anymore or cause unpleasant side-effects.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a very common skin issue that causes patches of red, itchy and inflamed skin. 1 in every 5 infants will experience eczema, but it can also affect older children and adults too (Australasian College of Dermatologist). Eczema can be extremely unpleasant, the condition can significantly affect a child’s quality of life, and the life of their parents too, who are often feeling very stressed trying to find a solution to their infant’s or child’s condition.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which occurs when the immune system is not working properly and sees its own cells as dangerous. For some people, the itchy, scaly and red patches can be quite small. For others however, the patches can cover almost the entire body. 4% of Aussies live with psoriasis and this can cause extreme discomfort for them (Australasian College of Dermatologist).
With a more holistic approach to treating skin, patient’s may see an improvement in their skin without the side effects of conventional drugs.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Skin Complaints:
Eli Huang understands and is experienced in skin and dermatology issues. As a beauty therapist for over 16 years she has an interest and passion in the treatment of skin complaints. In her clinic and salon she combines the use of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, skincare, light therapy and beauty facials all together for the treatment of dermatological and skin complaints for the client. Individualised diet and lifestyle changes are also extremely important and are discussed during the treatment to further help improve the health and your skin condition. A course of treatments along with other complementary therapies may be needed to assist with your specific skin concern.
Conventional treatment of acne includes topical benzoyl peroxide and topical retinoids or antibiotics for mild to moderate acne and oral antibiotics combined with either topical benzoyl peroxide or topical or oral retinoids for severe acne. Besides the current commonly used treatments, complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are of increasing interest to people who often use them in addition to conventional treatments as additive or single therapies for acne. Acupoint stimulation therapies combined with other treatments appears to be effective for acne (Cao H.J. et al. “Acupoint stimulation for acne: A systematic review of RCT”.)
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Acupuncture improves outcome measures in the treatment of dermatitis, chloasma, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis, and facial elasticity (Ma, C. & Sivamani R.K. “Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review” J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Sep;21(9):520-9)