Is Acupunture A Good Way To Treat Acne?

Acupuncture has been used as a treatment for physical and mental ailments since before recorded history. The ancient philosophy is rooted in the Taoist traditions, which dates back over 8000 years and now is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a possible treatment for health problems ranging from certain respiratory diseases to the hiccups. It seems there is something to the ancient practice and its perceived usefulness continues to grow.

Recently, there was an article in Dermatological Times about a study on acupuncture that was presented to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The effectiveness of using acupuncture to treat skin disorders, which includes acne, was the main topic of debate.

It might be that the oldest medicinal tradition may be able to prevent the oldest skin disorder.

Traditionally acupuncture was (and still is) used to promote body balancing that’s been seen to improve the overall health of people. Modern acupuncture takes the process of a step further, using electrical currents that stimulate different points on the body to alter neuroendocrine, autonomic and immune functions. According to the study, both traditional and modern acupuncture have been viewed as being beneficial to help combat acne.

Probably the biggest proponent of using acupuncture as a treatment of acne [] is Dr. Donald Baker, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In his presentation of the study to the AAD he stated, “Acupuncture treats the roots of the disease, while traditional medicines treat the branches.” He emphasized that acupuncture corrected imbalances in many immune functions, which allow positive impact on peoples overall health including the skin.

Even though acupuncture still hasn’t been proven as 100% effective the benefits are there. What people should remember if they are interested in trying acupuncture is that the value of the treatment is directly connected to the quality of the person giving it. There are no standardized requirements across the country; instead they vary from state to state. So before you go out there and look for the nearest acupuncture clinic, it would be a good idea to check out your state requirements and research the person you are going to in order to be sure of a positive experience.

Also, remember that acupuncture, as a replacement of typical acne treatments isn’t under debate. The debate is whether acupuncture should be viewed as a viable “integrated” approach to helping acne. And even though it may be helpful in reducing acne, as the sole treatment it may fall short without using proven over-the-counter acne treatment [] or prescription treatments.

Dr. Randall Wilkinson is founder and CEO of Trienelle Skincare, In

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