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We know that many people seek out and get relief from pain with acupuncture. But now this latest study shows that acupuncture also relieves allergies like sneezing and itchy eyes as well.
Many patients with allergies turn to antihistamines for relief. But when these remedies don’t work, some choose alternative treatments like acupuncture. Inserting tiny needles just under the skin at specific points in the body in turn reduces certain allergy symptoms.
In a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers examined 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies. The participants reported their symptoms as well as what medication and doses they used to treat them. They were then divided them into three groups; one received 12 acupuncture treatments and took antihistamines as needed. The second group received 12 fake acupuncture treatments (needles placed at random, non-meaningful points in the body) and took antihistamines as needed. While the final group only took antihistamines for symptoms.
After two months researchers asked the patients about their symptoms and how much medication they used. The participants who received the real acupuncture treatments with their antihistamines showed a greater improvement in their allergy symptoms. And used less antihistamines compared to the other groups.
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Jawline getting a bit saggy? That great sense of humor of yours leaving you with some not-so-funny laugh lines? Furrowed brow making you look like you’re in a perpetual state of grouchiness?
If you’re thinking of getting a little work done on your face, a younger-looking face may lie at the end of some needles — acupuncture needles, that is.
Can acupuncture really give you the face you thought you’d lost forever? Yes, say the acupuncturists who offer the procedure. Not really, say more conventional cosmetic surgeons.
Smoothing Out the Lines
Martha Lucas, PhD, LAc, a Colorado acupuncturist, says after a series of 10 treatments (twice a week for five weeks), skin becomes more delicate and fair, and there are fewer wrinkles. She says the treatments also result in an erasing of fine lines and a reduction of deeper lines, less sagginess, a lifting of droopy eyelids, and a clearing or reduction of age spots. And, as an added bonus, she says, there is an overall rejuvenation that is not confined to your face.
“Cosmetic acupuncture is a good alternative for women who don’t want the side effects associated with a surgical facelift,” Lucas says.
The procedure works for men too, says Lucas, although not as many men request it.
Acupuncture, a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is designed to free up chi, or energy. When the needles — approximately 30-40 — are applied to the body and face, production of collagen and elastin may be stimulated, says Lucas, and skin is “plumped up.”
By addressing other parts of the body in addition to the face, acupuncture assists the body’s ability to support the “facelift.”
Making the Entire Body Younger
“We’re helping you to be younger — and look younger — by improving your energy from the inside out,” Lucas explains. “This still is TCM — it’s not just about the face; it’s about the whole body.”
“Chinese medicine is the true antiaging medicine,” Lucas says. “It helps your own body create a more youthful appearance.”
Lucas has been offering this procedure for approximately four and a half years, and last year she began training other acupuncturists in cosmetic acupuncture throughout the United States and Canada. As the procedure gets more publicity, she says, more clients are requesting it, increasing the need for acupuncturists trained in the technique, which requires special acupuncture points and different needling techniques than traditional acupuncture.
The Jade-E uses low-level electrical stimulation (micro current) and customized color light therapy – depending on your skin’s tone, characteristics and elasticity – to provide a facial rejuvenation that not only significantly improves the appearance of the face, but promotes good health and vibrant energy as well.
Lines and points on the face and neck are stimulated with a combination of low-frequency micro current electrical stimulation and color light. Micro current works directly on the nerves, muscle fibers and blood circulation, and promotes collagen and elastin production. Color light works by enhancing subtle regulatory and cellular communication systems throughout the body. These combined therapies give a lifting and rejuvenating effect on the face and skin.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be very effective at treating skin conditions. Acupuncture treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms, as well as significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions.
General Skin Conditions
General skin conditions that can be treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine include acne, dermatitis, eczema, pruritus, psoriasis, rosacea, shingles and urticaria (hives).
Evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used for skin disorders, such as hives, can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD. Medicinal plants and stone needles were utilized to relieve and cure discomforts of the external areas of the body.
The skin reflects and reacts to imbalances within the body’s internal landscape and the effects of the environment. Internal disharmonies caused by strong emotions, diet, and your constitution can contribute to the development of a skin disorder. Environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness and heat can also trigger or exacerbate skin disorders.
Oriental Medicine Views Skin Conditions Differently
Oriental medicine does not recognize skin problems as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, if 10 patients are treated with Oriental medicine for eczema, each patient will receive a unique, customized treatment with different lifestyle and dietary recommendations.
To keep your skin healthy and beautiful on the outside, you must work on the inside of your body as well. Increasing the flow of energy, blood and lymph circulation improves the skin’s natural healthy color. Promotion of collagen production increases muscle tone and elasticity; this helps to firm the skin. Stimulating the formation of body fluids nourishes the skin, adding moisture and making it softer, smoother and more lustrous.
Acupuncture and Nutrition Work Together
Acupuncture views nutrition in a complex light, through the application of Oriental medicinal wisdom to dietary habits. In short, certain foods are considered too “yang”, or hot, to eat in excess during the warmer months, while others are prized for their “yin” ability to cool the body. Overall, the goal is balance between the internal yin and yang of the body. A healthy, nutritional diet, good sleep and moderate exercise can keep your skin and physical form at its best.
How to Get Help
If you suffer from a skin conditions or would like to know how to optimize your skin health, call today to find out more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help treat your skin condition.