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Radiate Within: Acupuncture and Skin Health

Updated: Feb 21


Facial Acupuncture, Holistic Skincare , Arcadia, CA

The Holistic Approach to Skin Wellness


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the skin is not merely an external covering; it reflects the internal balance of our body. To achieve beautiful, glowing skin, we must consider overall well-being, gut health, and the intricate connections within our system.


The Root and Branch Approach

    •    Root Cause: We identify and address the underlying imbalance—whether it’s related to digestion, circulation, or emotional well-being.

    •    Branch Symptoms: Simultaneously, we treat the visible skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, or acne.


Gut-Brain-Skin Axis: The Connection

The gut-brain-skin axis plays a pivotal role in skin health. Here’s how it works:

    •    Gut Health: The gut, often called the “second brain,” influences digestion, mood, and immunity. Disturbances in gut microbiota can lead to skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

    •    Inflammation: Excess heat or inflammation in the body can manifest as skin issues. Acupuncture helps regulate this balance.


Acupuncture for Common Skin Conditions

Eczema

    •    Eczema, characterized by itchy, inflamed skin, responds well to acupuncture and personalized herbal remedies.

    •    Acupuncture Point: ST-36 (Zusanli)—known as “Leg Three Miles.” Located on the anterior aspect of the lower leg, ST-36 harmonizes the Spleen and Stomach, tones Qi and Blood, and relieves chronic pain [1].

    •    Scientific Evidence: Studies show that acupuncture at ST-36 effectively reduces histamine-induced itching and other skin conditions [1].


Psoriasis

    •    TCM aims to reduce inflammation and balance immune responses.

    •    Acupuncture Point: SP-6 (Sanyinjiao)—another key acupressure point for skin inflammation[1].

    •    Immune System Support: Acupuncture helps improve immune function, crucial for managing psoriasis [2].


Acne

    •    Internal imbalances contribute to acne. Acupuncture addresses these imbalances.

    •    Acupuncture Point: LI-11 (Quchi)—situated at the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease. It helps soothe inflammation and regulate Qi [1].


Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Skin

Nourishing Yin and Eliminating Yang

    •    Cooling Foods (Yin):

    ◦    Cucumbers, watermelon, lotus root, celery, lettuce, pears, lentils, and squash.

    ◦    Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine, and dairy.

Expelling Dampness

    •    Damp Heat Reduction:

    ◦    Include papaya, asparagus, turnips, and adzuki beans.

    ◦    Avoid raw foods, iced drinks, and excessive dairy.

Key Ingredients for Radiant Skin

    •    Wolfberries (Goji Berries):

    ◦    Nourish yin, promote blood circulation, and reduce signs of aging.

    ◦    Add them to soups, porridge, or tea.

    •    Mung Beans:

    ◦    Detoxify, clear heat, and replenish qi.

    ◦    Make mung bean soup for a skin-loving boost [3,4]



Remember, beautiful skin starts from within. Embrace TCM’s wisdom, nourish your body, and let your radiant glow shine through. 🌟


Visit www.bespokeacu.com/facial to explore personalized holistic solutions for your unique skin needs. 🌿🌸




References:

1  6 Acupressure Points for Skin Inflammations ( https://tcmtips.com/6-acupressure-points-for-skin-inflammation/)

3    Traditional Chinese Medicine Tricks To Help You Have Clearer Skin5 (https://theculturetrip.com/asia/china/articles/traditional-chinese-medicine-tricks-to-help-you-have-clearer-skin)


Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice.

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