Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complimentary health approach that first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. Acupuncture Points

What is acupuncture, and how does it work?

During an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner inserts fine, sterile needles into specific pressure points on the skin to create local reactions. In TMC qi, or energy, flows along certain channels (known as meridians) in the body to keep you balanced. Should the qi be disrupted or blocked, acupuncture can stimulate and unblock the qi, activating healing responses in your body.


A review of medical literature finds acupuncture to be effective in treating some dermatologic conditions when compared to alternative treatments, placebo acupuncture, or no treatment. Specifically, the evidence indicates this form of TCM showed the greatest benefit in cases of dermatitis, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis, and facial elasticity.

Many researchers (14 studies involving 559 participants) have examined acupuncture as a treatment for:

  • Atopic dermatitis

  • Urticarial (hives)

  • Pruritus

Atopic dermatitis - Studies of Atopic dermatitis a type of eczema that causes dry, itchy skin, had a small number of participants, still their results were both positive and statistically significant for the groups treated with acupuncture compared to groups treated with either placebo acupuncture or no intervention.

Urticaria (hives) - Three studies addressed hives compared with placebo acupuncture, acupuncture reduced the rate and duration of urticarial episodes and compared with oral antihistamines, acupuncture resulted in greater clearance of wheals; results from both studies are considered statistically significant. One observational study without a comparison group showed complete clearance of wheals and prolongation of time between relapses for about a quarter of the patients treated with acupuncture.

Pruritus - Acupuncture relieved pruritus (itchy skin), in three studies and one case report. In particular, one study found acupuncture to be superior to herbal medicine and oral diphenhydramine plus vitamin C for clearance of rash from neuro-dermatitis.

Breast inflammation//polyhidrosis (excessive sweating)//HPV wart// facial elasticity - Four studies found acupuncture to be effective in treating these conditions.

Sometimes just knowing that there are treatments available and backed by science, is comforting for those of us who suffer with such skin issues. This ancient natural therapy maybe just what your skin needs to facilitate healing. 

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Ma C, Sivamani RK. Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2015.

1 Response


April 2017, 26

I found this a really interesting blog, I have been trying different complementary therapies recently and suffer with itchy skin and will definitely be trying acupuncture next! Thank you Jane

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