Editorial on Skin Disorders
For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used to treat a variety of skin disorders, including eczema, acne, psoriasis, alopecia and more. Both Psoriasis and eczema in particular can often lead to patches of thick, red inflamed itchy skinand can interfere with basic functions, such as self-care, walking, and sleep.
Acupuncture like that at ‘Hinterland Physio’ can categorise skin disorders into various patterns often including“Heat in the Blood”. This is a metaphor indicating that an inflammatory process is taking place in the bloodstream thus, acupuncture points are chosen that have cooling properties and that work at the level of blood. The blood heat metaphor may also include the concept of toxins. This diagnosis may indicate anything from poor diet and lifestyle, to food allergies or allergic dermatitis. Numerous acupuncture points with detoxifying properties can be used according to the diagnosis both on the torso, legs and ear, (auricular therapy).
The acupuncturist uses single use, very thin needles, to stimulate those acupuncture points. The needles may remain from 20 to 30 minutes depending on the desired effect. All of the above patterns may be addressed, alone or in combination with each other.
From more of a western standpoint stimulation of acupuncture points increases the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems. This can also trigger anti-inflammatory mechanisms to reduce the redness associated with psoriasis. Acupuncture also can help reduce stress and anxiety which are known to trigger
A study conducted at the New York University involving over 60 patients showed very promising results using acupuncture for psoriasis.The subjects involved in the study had up to 15 acupuncture sessions and after the course of treatment half of the people had almost complete clearance of the skin legions. About 16% had minimal improvement.Aside from herbs and acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine also recommends changes in diet. Generally, people with skin disorders should avoid alcohol, fish, shrimp, and crab. Eating leafy green vegetables and fruits is strongly recommended.
Acupuncture can be an excellent choice for people who prefer a less invasive and non-chemical treatment.Give Acupuncture at Hinterland Physio a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide. Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 49925037.