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The Next Step in Your Skin Fitness is Acupuncture

Apr 5, 2008
The practice of inserting filiform needs into specific spots on the body and then manipulating those needles is a technique that many practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine have done for centuries. Many of us understand the practice, acupuncture as it is called, to balance the body's energy, or qi, which can be beneficial in relieving pain and nausea among other things.

When it comes to skin fitness what many of use don't know is that acupuncture can work wonders. Commonly, acupuncture is used to treat psoriasis, dry skin, eczema, and acne. Practitioners, in most cases, will recommend a combination of herbal supplements and diet to complement the acupuncture treatments.

Many claim that for acne specifically this combination of treatments can be more effective than benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics. The acupuncture needles used in treating acne can be placed on or near an actual pimple, but usually they are placed on the body at key points that are known to be related to the skin condition.

Hundreds of points on the body are identified in the practice of which skin problems are associated with many. Both acne and certain types of eczema, for instance, are treated by focusing on the points that promote cooling of the organs. A skin condition is a consequence of energies unequal in the body.

Many scientists cannot agree on the efficacy of acupuncture and there are many ongoing studies intending to prove or disprove how effective acupuncture really is. More than 10 million Americans each year seek acupuncture treatment and most claim significant results regardless of the scientific community's feelings.

Acupuncture is common enough that most skin spas are staffed with a provider or can easily recommend a qualified practitioner. The state requires those that practice to be licensed.

Acupuncture must be done in a series for best results, like most skin care treatments. With treatments two to three times a week in the beginning, you should plan for less frequent visits once your skin's fitness has improved.
About the Author
Author Sara Musfeldt developed SkinFitnessFacts.com to help people achieve fit skin. The site has tips for healthy skin diets, acne, rosacea, melasma, stretch marks, and eczema.
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