Acupuncture Treats Skin Conditions
Acupuncture and/or Chinese medicine can provide effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions. Additionally, acupuncture therapy is typically painless, pleasant, and relaxing.SM
Rosacea: I came to treatment with a severe case of cystic rosacea acne. I had rosacea for years and it had gotten worse over time. I tried topical antibiotics recommended by my (excellent) dermatologist, but after a while they stopped working. Doxycycline worked while I was on it, but the rosacea came back when I stopped taking it. I did not want to stay on a low dose of doxycycline indefinitely. When I came to see Lisa the first time I considered the acne to be disfiguring.
Within two acupuncture sessions I noticed the existing cysts were smaller and that there were no new cysts or papules. After four treatments the existing cysts were much smaller and the general quality of my skin was better. I’ve had a couple more sessions and my skin looks so much better. I will likely stop after eight treatments.
Outside of my excellent results, I’ve enjoyed working with Lisa and can recommend her as a clinician without reservation.
Skin issues & topical steroid withdrawal: I went to see Lisa 3x during a 10 day visit to Cambridge: I am suffering from a long-term autoimmune issue (topical steroid withdrawal, or TSW), which manifests itself as spreading, chronic eczema. This one week of treatment gave me the best, clearest skin I have had in the past two years. It was so effective that I am making plans to come back for a 3 week visit in order to get more treatment from Lisa & hope that with more time she can tackle some of the fundamental imbalances and get a more long lasting result.
Inflammatory skin issues: I came to Lisa feeling neutral (almost skeptical) about acupuncture and its benefits. I have been under treatment for various inflammatory skin issues for 4 years by a dermatologist and recently had a very bad flare up. Western medicine put me through 2 rounds of strong oral steroids, which failed to eliminate the flare up completely and permanently. My dermatologist is great, but did not have anything further to offer me beyond topical steroids, which I started to not tolerate at all.
I did not feel anything change after the first appointment, but over the next 3 weeks, I felt changes during my appointments and I started to improve slowly. The immediate symptoms of the flare up started to clear up. My other chronic skin issues also improved (practically eliminated). I continued to see Lisa for 4 weeks and feel so much better overall.
Poison Ivy: I was doing yard work without a shirt on and unexpectedly came into contact with poison ivy. I am very allergic to poison ivy. I developed blisters and a rash which quickly spread over 70% of the front of my body. Due to the 90 degree weather and humidity, the rash became almost unbearable.
I went to the doctor for a prescription steroid. After taking the steroid as prescribed and not getting a good result, I started to become concerned. Looking for relief, I went to Lisa’s practice.
Within 2 days of having the acupuncture, the redness was gone, the itching subsided, and the blisters started drying up. By the fourth day, my skin was clear enough to wear a suit and tie to a wedding.
Thank you Lisa.