Frustration, loss of confidence, a feeling of self-consciousness. Most acne sufferers would do absolutely anything to rid themselves of this debilitating condition and most of us have. There are many drugs, creams, herbs and cleansers all claiming to rid you of what seems to be an uncontrollable skin problem.
Acne is an internal condition, something that is hereditary and is due to one’s constitution (body type). The body is not functioning as efficiently as it could and as a result is producing a build up in the body that rises and erupts on the skin as acne.
There are many types of acne:
Small papules: look like small, red, inflamed tender bumps.
Pustules: inflamed, and appears as a red circle with a white or yellow centre.
Nodules: Nodules are large, hard bumps under the skin’s surface. Scarring is common. Nodular acne consists of acne spots, which are much larger, can be quite painful and can sometimes last for months.
Cysts: An acne cyst can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled and has been described as having a diameter of five mm or more across. They can be painful.
The quality of the acne is important to determine the diagnosis, according to Chinese medicine. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be used to relieve all of the above types of acne.
The treatment focuses on helping the body to perform and function better, preventing the eruption of new acne and helping to heal the old ones.
Treatment plans vary based on how each person responds, but to ensure long-lasting effects plans vary from eight to 12 weeks. You should start to see a decrease in the inflammation, decrease in new eruptions and increased healing of existing acne within three to four weeks.
Chinese medicine functions on 12 main meridians (energy pathways) that run head to toe. These meridians are named after our organs, but does not mean that something is actually wrong with your physical organ.
When a meridian (energy pathway) is disrupted in its flow, it results in a symptom or health concern. In this case, acne.
Below are some of the basic diagnosis that can cause acne and the basis that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners use to help resolve the acne:
Lung Heat with heat in the blood
Heat is surging up to the face causing red pimples with heat and pain in the local area. Red complexion with pusy eruptions.
Damp heat in the large intestine and stomach
This condition usually relates to diet causing phlegm heat. Red swollen eruptions and a shiny oily complexion, pusy eruptions, nodules, itchiness, pain, constipation and dark yellow urine and decreased appetite.
Spleen dysfunction with damp phlegm
The spleen is unable to transform and transport dampness (excess water), which turns to phlegm, which turns to heat. Dull red complexion with deep eruptions, nodules, slow-healing acne, which leaves scars.
Chinese medicine can be a natural solution that will not only heal and prevent acne but improve your over all health.
Jasmine Sufi co-founded Acutoronto, a women’s health and fertility clinic in 2004. Her experience includes the Wasser Pain Management Centre, St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital and the Toronto Centre for Acupuncture and teaching experience at the Canada College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Jasmine specializes in fertility and pregnancy using acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 416-486-5222 or visit www.acutoronto.com