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Acne After Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Acupuncture and acne: Acupuncture is an alternative acne treatment that can produce positive results. Practitioners of acupuncture for acne stick small needles into certain areas of your body to unblock healing energy. People who are not keen on taking acne medication or undergoing laser treatments can try acupuncture to heal their acne. The likelihood of experiencing success from this treatment also related to diet. ...Read more
Daughter has been on antibiotics then, roacutaine, is finnished all her meds but is still getting cystic acne. Trying accupuncture at mo, anything else?
No: I was able to discontinue treatment in my early 50's. ...Read more
Briefly: Hopefully you got a full explanation for this powerful medication before you started. Stay the course. It is worth it. ...Read more
There are many!: Most dermatologists agree that the most important acne medication is a retinoid or retinol. There are now prescription topicals which combine 2 different medications into one tube or pump to make it easy for the patient. Sometimes, patients may need a short course of antibiotics, or in the case of adult female acne, spironolactone works very well and is safe for long-term use if needed. ...Read more
I heard you could take amoxicillin with or without food. Does this also apply if you're using amoxicillin to treat acne?
Upset stomach: Antibiotics tend to disrupt stomach by causing gastric irritation, so generally recommended to use with food no matter what they are being used to treat. ...Read more
I am only 16 years and I've been having acne between my thighs, and after they fate the leave marks, they're quit big an make me uncomfortable.
Will improve: The key to improvement of your acne areas is to try to treat the underlying condition so that there are no flare ups that cause recurring inflammation. A dermatologist can best help you with a regimen that works. If you've lund one stick with it. Exfoliate regularly and avoid shaving those areas to deter ingrown hairs from developing. ...Read more
Not proven: Goldenseal is a herb found from the northeast to Arkansas. It contains berberine which has been used in several medical conditions without proof. Most of the constituents in Goldenseal are poorly absorbed and amounts off berberine are variable. There are much better treatments for acne available so check with a dermatologist ...Read more
For many conditions.: According to world health organization acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns, allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more
Not usually: Often times insertions are not felt by the person receiving acupuncture. When felt it may feel like a tiny prick as it enters the skin - however using the "push the finger" technique will usually prevent that. There are a few acupuncture points which are painful to needle but there are alternative sites for most of those. Most needles have a tiny diameter. ...Read more
Yes: Very safe! There is little bleeding due to needle diameter. There is little infection because needle cored is not hollow - won't drag in skin and bacteria. Lung puncture is avoided by wodging the skin & oblique needle placement. Internal organ contact is prevented by inserting to depths dictated in traditional chinese medicine. But it you faint at the sight of a needle - tell the provider. ...Read more
Lots of choices: It depends on what type of acne you have. Benzoyl peroxide, which is over the counter, is used for papular and pustular acne, which is the red inflamed acne. Tretinion is used for comedonal acne. Topical antibiotics are another choice for acne. More than one treatment is often needed depending on your skin. Your doctor will need to look at your skin to help you choose the right medication. ...Read more
No: No studies show that acupuncture can treat erectile dysfunction (ed). However, professionally done acupuncture is unlikely to harm a person. More importantly, ED can be a symptom of a serious illness such as diabetes, poor circulation, hormonal imbalances, medicine side effects, psychological disorders, etc..., and should be discussed with one's primary care physician. ...Read more
Varies: Like all of medicine how one responds depends upon the individual and the treatment. Remember acupuncture is not magic. Especially, many will turn to acupuncture when traditional treatments fail. In my practice I have found that "needling" have cured many ailments when traditional treatments have failed, such as success for carpal tunnel syndrome when physical therapies have failed ...Read more
According to World: Health organization based on studies with controlled clinical trials, acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns, allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck ; back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postop. ...Read more
I am not: Familiar with itching as a side effect of acupuncture. Is infrared heat being used in conjunction with needles? I use acupuncture to treat people who have hives and itching. The only thing I can think of is renewed activity (blood circulation, qi, nerve conduction) causing the itching. Perhaps one of the other healthtap acupuncturists is more familiar with itching as a side effect. ...Read more
Yes, proven benefits: Many research studies prove acupuncture to be effective for back & neck pain, headaches, post-operative nausea, copd, arthritis of the knee & improving success of in-vitro fertilization. Research also shows it increases endorphin & hormone release, activity of some parts of the brain & stimulates blood flow. See www. Healthcmi. Com/index. Php/acupuncturist-news-online/377-acupunctureresearchquestioned. ...Read more
Yes.: Some general guidelines including not swimming or bathing right after (few hours) acupuncture. I'm not aware of any studies - and there probably aren't any - about specific time periods. If you think about it, you just had a bunch of tiny holes punched in your skin, so i'd give it a day or two before you go swimming in a public pool or the ocean. ...Read more