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Acupuncture Improves Skin Issues such as Acne, Dermatitis, Dry Skin, Eczema, Rosacea, Scar tissue and Shingles.

Acne:

Acne is treated by modern Western medicine with mostly topical remedies which include chemicals to attack the issue.

Acne is treated with acupuncture within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is focused on the root cause. This allows acupuncture to improve the skin by focusing on helping the body to balance itself and to remain balanced to avoid the return of this issue.

Dermatitis:

Acupuncture treats Dermatitis, which is simply inflammation within the skin caused by allergic reaction.

Acupuncture treats Allergies at their root cause!

  • Skin with red appearance
  • Skin with scaly appearance
  • Skin may feel itchy

Examples of Dermatitis:

  • Dander
  • Poison ivy
  • Diaper rash

Is Your Rash Shingles?

Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster has very good success rates of avoiding nerve damage if treated soon enough with Acupuncture!

Eczema:

Also known as Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema is commonly inherited from a young age. Acupuncture treats Eczema.

Rosacea:

Redness of the skin:

  • Nose
  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Forehead

Rosacea can happen in cycles, usually to fair-skinned complexions, and may get worse as you age. Acupuncture treats Rosacea by cooling the heat within the body and then helping the body to maintain this balance.

Dry Skin:

Dry skin can be due to hormonal imbalances during Perimenopause and Menopause or may be caused by Hypothyroidism. Acupuncture is good at helping the body to balance itself when hormones are out of balance and can help improve dry skin.

Scar tissue:

Scar tissue is common from stretch marks, surgeries and injuries. Acupuncture is great at treating scar tissue! In China, it is used on 3rd degree burns-even on babies with the amazing result of little to no scar. It’s true. The sooner you can get acupuncture for scar treatment, the better the outcome, of course. The same holds true for Shingles (with regard to pain relief). Get acupuncture sooner rather than later.

What You Can Do to Help Your Own Skin…

Skin Tips for Home Care:

Dermatitis Home Care:

Soak in an oatmeal bath (be sure it is gluten-free if you are sensitive to gluten) and add a high quality moisturizer immediately afterward. Avoid coming in contact with whatever your skin is sensitive to.

Rosacea Home Care:

See a dermatologist earlier, rather than later (left un-treated may develop into large, raised red bumps on nose area).

Wear a wide-brimmed hat and use sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher when in the sun.

Avoid stress if this triggers your Rosacea.

Avoid alcohol if this triggers your Rosacea.

Avoid caffeine if this triggers your Rosacea.

Avoid spicy food if this triggers your Rosacea.

Avoid heat if this triggers your Rosacea.

Be careful what you apply to skin (be wary of chemicals).

Dry Skin Home Care:

Use an un-refined oil to hydrate skin (and cook with), such as un-refined coconut oil. Un-refined means all the goodness in it has not been cooked out (refined) into rancid oil (rancidity is then covered up using scent to trick you).

Try a natural vitamin E supplement (check with doctor first, especially if on blood thinners)

Drink lots of water (duh!)

Scar Tissue:

Get acupuncture treatment for scar tissue to increase healing time, decrease scarring, improve pain and circulation to the area.

Shingles:

Get in to have your rash evaluated right away to determine if you have Shingles. Get Acupuncture as soon as possible to relieve pain and help avoid long-term nerve damage.

Skin Care in General:

Salves and ointments are often more soothing and may improve absorption in dry, itching or irritated skin.

When to see a Doctor for skin issues

 

Acupuncture helps skin issues by helping the body to balance itself. Be sure to see a licensed acupuncturist.

Thanks for reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

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Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free lots, ramps and street parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

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Shingles: What Is It? Can Acupuncture treat it (in Anoka, MN)?

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a painful skin rash that, left un-treated can cause long-term nerve damage and residual nerve pain.

 

What Causes Shingles?

Shingles is caused by a virus called Herpes Zoster, a latent chicken pox virus. Once someone has had chicken pox (usually as a child) the virus goes dormant within the body. Most never have to deal with it again.

However, some experience this dormant virus being “re-activated” within the nerve cells by stress and a lowered immune system, particularly after the age of 50.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Shingles

Shingles looks like a red rash, usually on one side of the body around the ribs, scalp, face, neck and arm (possibly lower body). Sores may blister, burst open and crust over.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

It is best to have acupuncture treatments right away, in order for optimal results. Waiting too long may result in nerve damage and long-term nerve pain which may include burning, tingling pain and headaches, sometimes lasting months to years…

Acupuncture may still help at this later stage, though it will be limited to reducing symptoms, not resolving them if long-term nerve damage has taken root.

Schedule your acupuncture appointment at Aleesha D Acupuncture today.

 

Acupuncture treats Shingles by treating the overall TCM patterns of Wind Heat and by clearing Blood Heat and what is called Dampness. It also treats the Channels (energy pathways) and local areas affected.

  • Acupuncture lowers inflammation
  • Acupuncture may help avoid nerve damage
  • Acupuncture helps other symptoms:
    • Headaches
    • Nausea
    • Nerve pain
    • Fatigue
    • Stress
    • Acupuncture helps strengthen weak immune system
      • This helps fight the virus
      • This helps virus return to dormant state

Conventional (Western Medicine) Treatment:

Medications include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory meds
  • Prescription narcotics
  • Steroids
  • Antihistamines (for itching)
  • Anti-viral drugs at onset (may reduce severity)

Risk Factors

  • A weakened immunity
  • Age 50 and older
  • Higher risk of a complication called Post-herpetic Neuralgia (nerve pain may become chronic if not treated)

 

Facts

  • You cannot catch Shingles from someone from Shingles
  • Shingles is due to latent chicken pox virus
  • You may catch chicken pox from someone with Shingles

(if you have not had chicken pox)

Tips to Use at Home

  • Visit a licensed acupuncturist during acute (early) stage
  • Apply topical capsaicin cream
  • Apply turmeric paste (may stain clothing and skin)
  • Apply a tincture of myrrh to the affected area 3x daily
  • A vaccine is available called Zostavax (50% success rate)
  • Your licensed acupuncturist may also go over other lifestyle recommendations according to your pattern, including diet and stress reduction tips.

Prompt treatment is important to avoid complications, especially if severe, whether seeking Acupuncture treatment as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine or Western Medical treatment.

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman treats all types of pain including headache, migraine and back pain. She specializes in Women’s health treating patients with Anxiety, Mild to Moderate Depression, Endometriosis, Auto Immune Disease such as Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid Disease and syndromes such as Fibromyalgia.

Aleesha treats low mood and energy using acupuncture, TCM diet and other lifestyle recommendations when appropriate to you as an individual.

To schedule with Aleesha, visit AleeshadAcupuncture.com

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care.

No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturists Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Blaine, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Maple Grove, Osseo, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Spring Lake Park and Ramsey, MN 55303.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55434, 55449, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro and Minneapolis area.