Getting under the skin of dermatology with Acupuncture

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Dermatology can be notoriously persistent and difficult to treat in any medical system.  Conventionally, dermatological conditions such as psoriasis and eczema often require the use of topical corticosteroid creams, which can produce excellent results at reducing inflammation but, with long term use, can also produce significant side effects for some patients.  Acupuncture can be extremely beneficial in treating conditions relating to the skin, and does not involve the ingestion of any drugs, herbs or the use of any topical creams.

Skin conditions can be treated effectively with acupuncture

Acupuncture is a long established system of traditional medicine developed over 1000’s of years which maintains and promotes good health.  In recent years its benefits have become more widely acknowledged worldwide and acupuncture features more prominently in mainstream health care in the UK.   Often an integrated approach incorporating complementary and conventional treatment is sought or recommended for skin conditions.  In fact both the National Psoriasis Foundation and the National Eczema Society support the use of CAM therapies including acupuncture as a treatment modality, but advise that patients should inform their GP and ensure that a fully qualified, registered practitioner from an organisation which have a rigorous code of conduct is used.  For acupuncture, the British Acupuncture Council is our professional body and we adhere to a strict Code of Professional Conduct and Code of Safe Practice which set benchmark standards for safe practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK.  In conjunction with needling, other techniques may also be used such as moxibustion, cupping, tui na massage or electro-acupuncture.  In addition, dietary or lifestyle advice will also be given.

Traditional acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and sees illness as a sign that the body is out of balance.  The pattern of imbalance will vary from individual to individual and, through a process of diagnosis, the practitioner will identify the underlying disharmony and select the most appropriate and effective treatment for each patient’s individual needs.

Here are just some skin conditions which acupuncture can help with.

  • Atopic Eczema (dermatitis)
  • Allergic Eczema (contact dermatitis)
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Acne Rosacea
  • Warts
  • Prickly Heat
  • Urticaria – itchy rash
  • Scar tissue

To find out more call Sally Kean-Hammerson on 07956 367003 or email  Sally is currently offering £10 off initial consultation for dermatology patients.

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