Acupuncture and Herbs for Skin Conditions

Many types of skin conditions can be aggravated by the heat and humidity of late summer. Most people don’t think of acupuncture for managing skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, and heat rash; but Chinese medicine can be very effective at treating these conditions.

Treatment, whether acupuncture or herbs, works on two levels. First, it can clear heat and dampness from the skin to relieve symptoms such as redness, itching, swelling, and weeping lesions.

Second, herbs and acupuncture address underlying imbalances that cause the skin condition and make it difficult to heal. This may include strengthening and balancing the immune system; building up blood and fluids, and helping the body circulate them to the surface to nourish the skin; correcting any internal heat or dampness that may be “venting” through the skin; or regulating hormonal fluctuations that lead to acne outbreaks. Continue reading

Herbs and Acupuncture for Poison Ivy

One of the hazards of summer is poison ivy. Poison ivy loves to grow at the border between open space and trees; it is found in this area along wooded paths, around lakes, and at the edges of yards and highways.

Poison ivy rash is caused by an allergic reaction to the oils on its leaves. The rash often appears on legs or hands, where it is easy to brush up against the plant. The oils can be spread by touch until they are washed away.

Symptoms include intense itching, red bumps, and fluid-filled, weeping blisters. Some individuals with severe allergy may experience a systemic reaction with itching and rash over much of the body. Continue reading