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Acupuncture has tremendous potential to be helpful in autoimmune conditions and especially those involving the skin.
Traditionally, we would use a combination of acupuncture and herbs to treat skin conditions. Herbs most frequently would be taken orally in powder or capsule form. Herbal substances are used to:
- “Clear heat” when the skin is red and inflamed
- “Move blood” when the skin is purple
- “Open the channels” when the skin is bluish in color
- “Dispel wind” when there is itching
In practice, it is common to combine these strategies to varying degrees based on the existing signs and symptoms. This way, a unique formula is created to address the present condition and to restore balance.
Medical doctors at the University of California reviewed dozens of studies settling on 24 that met their criteria for quality research. Seventeen of those 24 studies found acupuncture to be effective in treating various skin conditions including:
In attempts to explain the mechanisms within the biomedical model of understanding, the researchers note that acupuncture is likely to be involved with the “neuromodulation of the immune system in mediating the pathogeneses of inflammatory and infectious skin conditions.” (Translation: Acupuncture modulates the immune system so that it does not do as much damage in autoimmune situations.)
Previous studies with rats support this idea as they show a decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-1 beta, and interleukin-6 with acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is a huge part of our treatment
Acupuncture is a huge part of our treatment because it impacts the body on so many different fronts. It helps reduce excess cortisol and improve the stress response. It balances hormones and facilitates all aspects of body function. Chinese herbs and dietary supplements are also used to address deficiencies and help restore flow and balance.
Lifestyle also matters at East Wind. Our focus on individualized dietary plans, getting proper sleep and stress management.
Most importantly, we empower YOU by showing you the underlying concepts of a healthy individual. Our health care team will help you understand health strategies so, together, we can make a positive impact on your health.
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