If you suddenly realized that all the moisturizers, spot treatments, and cleansers you have purchased and used have done nothing at all to resolve your acne, then maybe it’s time to think outside the box. After more than 3 decades of research, it’s been proven that acupuncture is one of the best treatments, if not the best treatment, for acne.
A comprehensive analysis of 43 clinical trial studies revealed that acupoint stimulation which means treatments involving acupoint catgut embedding treatment, acupoint injection, cupping, moxibustion, and acupuncture were found to be effective and safe (no side effects) treatments for acne. Certain therapies like cupping were even demonstrated to be superior in treating and even curing the condition than pharmaceutical drugs as stated by the Medical Acupuncture journal.
The procedure in which filamentous sterile needles are inserted painlessly into the skin is known as acupuncture. it is usually a pain-free way to cue the brain to make modification inside the body. Some people may still be unaware of what acupuncture is but it is a treatment that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. Acupuncture treatment for acne not only is about sticking needles into the body each week but also includes taking supplements and Chinese herbs and making modifications to your diet. It is a more complicated and comprehensive process than merely applying a cream or taking a pill.
With acupuncture treatment for acne, the benefits go beyond the rudimentary clearing of the patient’s pimples, your immune system is also strengthened and the overall health of your skin improves, as well. Moreover, the treatment produces long lasting results and helps relieve stress and anxiety, conditions that make the skin prone to diseases such as acne. Regular acne creams are only able to suppress the underlying imbalance in the body. They also cause unwanted side effects such as high risk of birth defects, dry skin, and skin irritation. The needles are stuck into acupoints that transmit signals to move stagnant or stuck energy, clear heat (inflammation), and boost the immune and digestive function. Acupuncture treatments make the body healthier inside and outside which is why patients who have tried acupuncture have high levels of energy, low stress levels, and enjoy optimal digestive function.
The findings also revealed that when combined with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture was even more effective at increasing the number of patients cured.
Zuobiao (Roy) Yuan is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of chinese medicine in Edina, MN.