What is acne?
Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous (oil) glands at the base of hair follicles. This condition is typically characterized by red pimples on the face, and commonly occurs during puberty.
Acne in Chinese Medicine is caused by the hormone imbalances that occur during puberty. When male hormone testosterone levels become too high, the body works to eliminate the heat and toxins through the skin and acne results. In acupuncture treatment, specific points are stimulated that have the function of cooling the blood in the body to reduce acne.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
In conjunction with acupuncture, Chinese herbs are very effective in relieving acne. One home herbal remedy treatment to help reduce acne is to drink honeysuckle flower tea, to eliminate toxins and cool the blood.
Nutrition and Diet
Undergoing going acupuncture treatment for acne often includes dietary changes in order to ensure the body is as balanced as possible from a food intake point.
Lifestyle and Mind-Body Medicine
In addition to acupuncture and nutrition, learning relaxation techniques are greatly beneficial to general health and wellbeing. Chronic, or acute, lifestyle stress can have a wide variety of negative effects on the body, including reproductive organ blood flow and hormone regulation. Physical and psychological stress can make existing symptoms worse and delay overall internal healing.
Techniques that elicit the relaxation response (a state of deep relaxation in which the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate decrease, muscle tension relaxes, stress hormone levels fall, and the mind becomes tranquil), and relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga may aid greatly in bringing balance to mental and emotional states. Practicing focused deep-breathing, meditation, yoga, tai-chi and other activities are among those that can increase your chances of a healthy life and pregnancy. Listening to music, focused breathing, or being outside in nature are also effective methods of managing stress.