Our holistic skin doctors use acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine to treat a variety of skin disorders, including acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria and alopecia. A combination of acupuncture and herbal treatment can help reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation to the affected area so it can heal. Because the digestive system has a big impact on the skin, we can look at the gut-skin connection to get to the root of the skin condition. By taking a careful health history, and using Chinese tongue diagnosis and pattern discrimination, we can get an idea of how the digestive system is functioning. When we add functional medicine lab testing, we can round out our findings with lab results. Then we will make dietary and supplement recommendations to help balance you balance your gut and achieve healthy skin.
Stress can play a big part in the health of your skin. We are used to thinking of the skin as merely a barrier or a covering for the rest of our body. Current research focuses on a neuro-immuno-cutaneous-endocrine (NICE) network which links the brain, immune system and hormonal systems of our bodies. It is easy to see from daily life examples that stress can affect the skin from moment to moment. When embarrassed or uncomfortable, we might blush or sweat; if afraid, we feel a prickling of the skin. With long-term stress, the effects could be experienced as acne breakouts, hives, or hair loss. Acupuncture treatments can help the body and mind get back into balance so that the nervous system calms down. This type of treatment can often help resolve and improve common skin conditions that become worse with stress.
For women, the pre-menstrual period can be a time when skin conditions tend to flare up. Pre-menstrual acne often responds well to a series of acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal medicine. Sometimes women experience adult acne even when they did not have a problem with acne in the teenage years. There can be many causes of this type of acne. Some major culprits are hormonal imbalances, certain foods in the diet or dietary habits such as skipping meals, stress, air pollution and chemical additives in body products. A holistic approach that looks at all these factors is most likely to help clear up the skin.
One of the most troubling skin issues for patients is alopecia, or hair loss. Again, this can happen due to many factors, including hormonal imbalances, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders, dietary imbalances, anemia, stress and autoimmune disorders. If this is a problem for you, our holistic skin doctors will work with you to find any underlying causes and correct them. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments may be helpful, depending on the cause of the hair loss.
Why Use A Holistic Skin Doctor For Skin Disorders?
Conventional treatments for skin disorders often cause further problems in the body. While these may work well in the short term for clearing up skin, in the long run the body as a whole may be weakened. For example, antibiotics, steroids, and hormonal birth control are pharmaceutical methods that are used for skin disorders. Prolonged use of these types of drug therapies could lead to a weakened immune system, gut dysfunction and antibiotic resistant forms of bacteria which are increasingly difficult for doctors to treat.
There is renewed interest in building up the body’s own resistance to skin infections with Chinese herbal medicine and good bacteria such as probiotics. We help and encourage our patients to build a good foundation that includes a healthy diet, probiotic foods and supplements and restful sleep. Acupuncture treatments can help reduce stress and restore health blood flow to the skin and hair. Chinese herbs can help reduce inflammation, itching and dryness in the skin and help resolve even long-lasting, chronic conditions over time. We treat the whole person at Holistic Primary Care, so call today to get started treating your skin and hair the natural way.
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