Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs for Beautiful Glowing Skin
The combination of acupuncture and natural herbs has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to heal a variety of illnesses, including numerous skin problems, with the most common being acne, eczema and dermatitis.
TCM understands health as a delicate balance between an individual’s body and the environment around them, as well as a grouping of the functioning between physiological and psychological, which is done in response to a belief that the mind can have a powerful impact on overall physical health.
In order to diagnose a specific skin condition, TCM would consider all of the following factors and conditions:
? Taking your pulse
? Observing the tongue and skin
According to TCM, skin conditions are caused by internal “disharmonies,” such as lack of Qi or blood and environmental factors like dryness, wind, dampness or heat.
In an effort to treat both the symptoms and the root cause of skin problems, TCM will use a combination of natural herbs and acupuncture (either one or both) to improve the specific condition you’re suffering from.
In many cases, skin conditions clear up fairly quickly, while others can take longer.
1. Honeysuckle Flower
In addition to being used for digestive disorders, the flu and headaches, honeysuckle flower is often applied to the skin to treat dryness, itching, inflammation and redness. The plant also has properties that can kill bacteria that may be resting on the skin and contributing to itchiness or redness.
2. Asparagus Root
Asparagus can often be found as a side item on a plate of steak and potatoes, though the root of the plant can also be used as “irrigation therapy” to treat kidney stones and urinary tract infections. The root has cleaning properties which can be applied directly to the skin to clean the skin and treat acne and blemishes.
3. Sophora Root
Sophora root is used in TCM to treat both internal and external medical problems. Internal uses are generally meant to treat digestive and bacterial problems, while externally it can be applied to the skin in the form of a liquid decoction (with water or alcohol) to treat eczema and other skin conditions.
Combining both Acupuncture and Herbs
TCM uses acupuncture and herbs to address both the root of the problem and the symptoms, and are intended to work side by side.
If you’re going to use one Chinese herbs in any capacity, it’s a good idea to incorporate acupuncture into your healing plan as well, as they’re going to work better in unison compared to how they would function separately. Generally, this approach is enough to solve your problem with time, though if your skin condition worsens and begins to affect your ability to function, you’ll want to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Even while this method might be less familiar to you, it’s completely non-intrusive and has shown positive results for a lot of people; playing a part in helping them recover or improve various skin conditions.
Today’s guest writer is Virginia Cunningham, a freelance writer and health enthusiast living in the Los Angeles area. As a writer for NorthWest, she is able to share her knowledge on everything from holistic medicine to alternative therapies. What have you tried to get glowing skin of your own? Share your comments below!