Acupuncture can be used to help reduce signs of aging and to improve the condition of one’s skin. Acupuncture and herbal medicines can aid all sorts of skin problems including wrinkling and sagging skin, as well as acne, oily skin, and allergic skin rashes.

Acupuncture can reduce wrinkling and sagging of skin of the face. According to Chinese medicine, wrinkles and sagging can be a result of weak Qi, or low energy, that is a result of overwork, stress, fatigue, and poor digestion. The meridians of energy that flow towards the face that normally provide a lifting influence become deficient in energy.

Wrinkling and sagging result from the weakening of these meridians. The effects of treatment with acupuncture can be comparable with that of a facelift over the course of 12 to 15 treatments. Treatment can tone the muscles of the face, and it can encourage the production of collagen in areas that normally succumb to wrinkling. It can reduce lines on the forehead, reduce crows feet, and reduce smile and frown lines surrounding the mouth. It can minimize double chins by toning the muscles in the area. The beneficial effects of this sort of acupuncture is not merely skin deep. Beneficial effects of cosmetic acupuncture can include increased energy along with a sense of deep relaxation and well being.

Acupuncture is also very effective in addressing problem skin. People with acne often respond very well to treatment with acupuncture. This is especially true when they make appropriate nutritional and lifestyle changes in conjunction with their acupuncture treatments. Acne is usually seen as a sign of what acupuncturists call “damp heat” which can result from a combination of eating too much oily food and spicy food along with too many dairy products. The condition is also exacerbated by stress.

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Allergic skin rashes such as hives and eczema also respond well to acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Allergic rashes are usually treated as conditions of “wind.” In other words, they are treated as conditions that are due to external triggers in the person’s environment. The conditions themselves are like “wind” because they tend to move location and come and go in an unpredictable fashion.

Skin rashes and acne are often treated by using herbs and acupuncture points that help to detoxify the body as well as cleanse the liver. Bitter cleansing herbs are used to cleanse the liver and reduce impurities in the blood. As these impurities leave the body, the quality of one’s skin improves. Dandelion, forsythia, and honeysuckle are herbs that are often used to treat both acne and skin rashes.

As you can see, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be powerful allies on your quest for healthy and youthful skin.