Skin Conditions


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Acupuncture Can Help Address a Variety of Skin Conditions

In Chinese medicine, the skin is considered to be an outward reflection of our internal health. This is especially true in chronic skin conditions and helps explain why topical treatments are sometimes ineffective or only temporarily effective. For symptomatic relief, acupuncture can be used to help reduce pain, inflammation, and itching. In addition, it can also help address the deeper imbalances that are causing your outward symptoms. For example, sometimes skin conditions are due to what we call "deficiencies," which can prevent the skin from being properly nourished. Deficiencies can cause symptoms like hair loss or dryness and itching and can be reduced with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy. 

What I Treat

I have experience working with a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, hives, urticaria, poison ivy, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, candida, acne, shingles, dermatitis, hair loss, and cold sores. Outcomes for these types of conditions are generally good, especially if the patient is compliant with herbal and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture can often help with these types of conditions when other treatments have failed because it focuses not just on symptomatic relief, but on correcting the underlying patterns of imbalance that are giving rise to your symptoms. It is a different way of thinking about how the body works, why conditions develop, what symptoms mean, and how to treat them.

Complementary, Supportive Therapies that Enhance Acupuncture

Chinese medicine is so much more than just acupuncture. I am also trained in herbal medicine, 5-element nutrition, and different types of traditional hands-on techniques. I find that these complementary therapies can help enhance the effects of acupuncture. For example, there are herbal formulas specific to skin conditions that reduce inflammation and itching while nourishing tissues. There are also topical treatments, like salves and liniments, that can address your symptoms from the outside in. Acupuncture is the fundamental therapy upon which all of my treatments are built, but my toolbox also includes Chinese herbal medicine, 5-element nutrition, ba guan (cupping), tui na (Chinese medical massage), zhi ya (acupressure), chi nei tsang (internal organ massage), gua sha (massage with jade and horn tools), and topical herbal formulas for pain. If your condition would benefit from any of these traditional techniques they are included at no extra charge. Please click here for more information about my acupuncture treatments.
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West Asheville Acupuncture
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