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Eczema, also called dermatitis, is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema most commonly causes dry, reddened skin that itches or burns, although the appearance of eczema varies from person to person and varies according to the specific type of eczema. Factors that can cause eczema include other diseases, irritating substances, allergies and your genetic makeup. It is most common in babies and children.

Treatment of eczema may involve both lifestyle changes and the use of medications. Treatment is always based upon an individual’s age, overall health status, and the type and severity of the condition. The primary conventional treatment for eczema is corticosteroid ointments applied topically. Oral steroids may be given. However, as a long-term therapy, steroids have a suppressive effect and do not cure. They deplete the energy of the kidney and, when applied liberally on the skin they may push damp, phlegm and heat pathogens back to the lungs. Therefore, attempting to eliminate the rash at all costs and as fast as possible is not the best strategy for the long-term health of the child. Though uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing, eczema is neither contagious nor life-threatening. It is advisable to keep steroids handy in case of crisis, but they are best avoided if possible.

Chinese medicine physicians have used acupuncture and herbs to treat eczema for thousands of years. Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to diagnosing eczema, considering physical, emotional, and environmental factors. Each person experiences a unique combination of symptoms, which may vary in severity over time. By taking the pulse, asking in depth questions, and observing the tongue and the skin, the treatment and diagnosis are tailored to each person’s symptoms. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment may involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or both. The treatment goal is to correct the root cause of the condition, thereby “curing” the disease. This approach gives TCM a special advantage over certain western medicine therapies that focus on merely providing symptomatic relief. Traditional Chinese medicine has been proven safe & effective without adverse side effects. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact us.

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Hair Loss

Acupuncture is an ancient medical system which is very decentralized ? this is why no two practitioners can be the same in their level of treatment. Some acupuncturists have better knowledge, or simply have built their skills up to such a high degree for certain treatments, that they only focus on those treatments for the sake of simplicity ? but in reality, acupuncture can be used to treat the entire human health, that is, if you go to the right practitioner.

hair growth cycle acupuncture hair loss

Here are acupuncture for hair loss ? we present various findings on why acupuncture can work on hair loss, as well as why it won’t ? we cover both sides to create a fair view, as acupuncture practitioners are not always easy to get hold of (the best in the world are spread across the world, many in the United States and Korea).

Since there have been countless people looking for treatment for hair loss, be it using drugs, western or eastern ? a lot of the earth’s current population suffers from hair loss more than ever seen in recorded history ? can this still be blamed on genetics as many scientists so casually point out?

Genetics is such a wide term used for so many limiting factors that people are told ? “you have hair loss because its set in your genes” ? or “you have this and this disease because of your genes” ? but what does this really mean? Do they ever explain past the limited intention behind this statement?

Genetics is not a limitation in the human body; in fact, our DNA has been proven to constantly be changing as life goes on; positively or negatively depending on your lifestyle and patterns (eating, exercise and even emotional factors).

So the next time someone tells you “its just your genetics, you can’t do anything about it” ? please understand, that this stems from ignorance and lack of understanding of genetics and DNA ? our DNA is there to stop us from mutating into weird creatures, not to stop our healing from a condition.

In Acupuncture, and eastern medicine, it is understood that the body is constantly changing, just like nature and cycles in nature are constantly changing ? and we can adjust our patterns in tune with nature to receive ultimate healing, be it for hair loss, or more serious conditions ? of course, finding the right practitioner is the next big step.

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Acne is a facial skin disease characterized by small pustules, from which white-oily pus can be squeezed out. It usually occurs on the face, and in a few cases on the chest and back, in both male and female youth.

Causes of acne

  • According to Chinese medicine, there are several reasons for acne.
  • Eating too much greasy food leads to the stagnation of damp heat in the spleen and stomach, which steams the face, causing acne.
  • Lung Meridian is accumulated with heat and is invaded by pathogenic wind. The wind and heat steam the face, hence the disease results.
  • Too much stress leads to qi stagnation of liver meridian. It transforms to heat and then invades the face as acne.
  • The hot body is suddenly exposed to cold or soaked in cold water, so the blood and heat are coagulated on the head and face, bringing on acne.

Types of acne

  • Stagnated heat of lung meridian – Main manifestations are acne region red and swollen, accompanied with pain and itch, thirsty, red tongue tip with yellow thin coating, rapid pulse.
  • Damp-heat in spleen and stomach – Main manifestations are continuously occurring acne, accompanied with Ozostomia, bitter taste, sticky stool, red tongue with yellow thick coating, rolling and rapid pulse.
  • Stagnation of liver qi – Main manifestations are acnes around the sides of cheek or sometimes even the neck and chest, accompanied with breast distending pain, irritable, red tongue with yellow thin coating, tense and rapid pulse.

Treatments of acne

We select appropriate acupoints and use reduction techniques to eliminate the excess heat and the toxicity in the body. This also regulates the liver qi so it flows smoothly. We also use cosmetic needles to do acupuncture in the local area around the acnes to heal them quickly and reduce their visible symptoms.

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Facial Rejuvenation

Facial Lifting – Get rid of wrinkles !! When the needles are applied to face, production of collagen and elastin are stimulated,the skin is “plumped up.” After a series of 10 treatments, skin becomes fewer wrinkles, a reduction of deeper lines, less sagginess, a lifting of droopy eyelids.

How does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?

The insertion of tiny needles into the facial tissue increases blood circulation to the area and stimulates collagen production. The skin will be nourished, oxygenated, and moisturized from the inside out. When the circulation is increased, the collagen production is also increased which will give the skin more tightness and elasticity helping to fill out the fine lines and lift and firm the skin.

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture

  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Erases fine lines and reduction of deeper lines
  • Reduces of frown lines
  • Helps to eliminate dark circles and puffiness under the eyes
  • Tightens the pores
  • Improves the facial complexion by increasing the local circulation to the face
  • Helps to reduce double chin
  • Reduces age spots
  • Improves the elasticity of facial muscles & prevents wrinkles from forming
  • Keeps acne prone skin under control

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Psoriasis is more than a skin condition, it impacts people’s daily lives in social situations and has a significant emotional impact. In addition, psoriasis may cause itching and is often associated with arthritic joint pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been commonly used to treat psoriasis throughout Asia.

Psoriasis is caused by dysfunction and deregulation of the immune system, leading to an auto-immune reaction.Psoriasis causes the formation of round and oval raised plaque, often with a silvery white scale over these lesions. Chinese medicine describes this as imbalances which disrupt the body and keep it from healing. Once the imbalances are corrected, your body can work to heal itself and stay healthy.

Psoriasis in Chinese Medicine

herbal ingredients 1For autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, the concept of imbalances makes sense. The immune system is overactive and the body attacks itself.

The diagnosis of the specific imbalance is based upon the appearance of the psoriasis and other symptoms, such as itch, pain, or irritation. The most common imbalances are blood heat, dryness, and blood stagnation. Damp heat can also be a factor, particularly in pustular psoriasis.

Chinese medicine doctors have long said that removing these imbalances is like hitting the reset switch. In this case, resetting the immune system. One of the phenomenal aspects of Chinese herbal therapy is that it can lead to long term reduction in psoriasis. We describe this as correcting the imbalances in the body rather than masking the psoriasis symptoms.

Chinese Medicine Psoriasis Types

Blood Heat- Blood heat is characterized by acute onset of psoriasis with possible severe itching. The lesions are often bright red, irregular patterns of plaque. The size and extent of the lesions suggest the amount of heat. The greater number and larger the lesions, the greater amount of heat.

Blood Dryness- Blood dryness occurs with chronic cases of psoriasis. Itching may or may not be present. The lesions can appear pale or dull red in color. The scales may appear to be dryer with blood dryness.

Blood Stagnation- Blood stagnation also occurs when there is long-term chronic psoriasis. It often is characterized by remission and relapses. The plaques are irregular, hard, and thick and may be purplish in color.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbs are given in formulas, which contain 10-15 herbs. They are most often boiled in water and drank as teas. The ingredients are chosen specifically for your imbalance. For example, if there is blood stagnation and blood dryness, the formula would focus on moving the blood stagnation and nourishing the dryness.

The Immunological Effects of Herbs for Psoriasis

handful of herbs 1Herbs used for psoriasis have many immuno-regulatory effects by reducing the inflammatory responses of the body.
Three of the most powerful and commonly used herbs for psoriasis are Sheng di huang (Rehmania glutinosa), Dan shen (Salvia miltiorriza), and Zi cao (lithospermum erythrohizon).

Sheng di huang is used to cool the blood and clear heat. It is effective for many types of psoriasis, including psoriasis y cools the blood and is often used with psoriasis.

Some of the herbs work synergistically with other herbs in the formula to enhance their action.

Licorice root, or gan cao (Glycyrrhiza uralensis), is widely used in Chinese medicine for psoriasis, as it boosts qi and harmonizes the effects of other herbs. It has long been known for immuno-regulatory abilities. Studies show that it can also reduce possible toxicity and help to repair damaged liver cells.

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