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If you’ve done everything already—your wallet’s all dead and you’ve applied every cream, lotion, and gel—but your acne is still ever-present, might you consider acupuncture?

It is one of the therapies in traditional Chinese medicine that “aims to alleviate pain while healing an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional being by using thin needles,” writes Dr. Kaycee Reyes on Manila Bulletin.

The needles can and are able to stimulate various touch points on the body, helping a patient achieve a balanced and healthy state.

It is popular as an alternative treatment for back pain, allergies, headache, and nausea, not many know that acupuncture can treat skin conditions—”when taken in combination with evidence-based medicine, or with medication as prescribed by your physician,” Dr. Reyes reminds.

Below are 4 skin disorders acupuncture can help you with.

1. Acne. Various tests have been done to see if acupuncture is effective in treating acne, and the results have been very promising. Many factors come into play though, like the level of the acupuncturist and the difference in treatment per individual.

2. Neurodermatitis. Constant friction on the skin, often in the areas of neck, wrist, ankles and thighs, results in thicker skin. This is Neurodermatitis aka Lichen simplex. According to TCM, acupuncture is effective when needles are placed near the said areas.

3. Atopic Dermatitis. Acupuncture helps lessen the itch and reduces inflammation caused by Atopic Dermatitis.

4. Urticaria. Acupuncture has long been used to treat Urticaria aka hives. But there are fine prints: it is successful with acute urticaria but not so much with chronic urticaria.

[h/t Manila Bulletin]

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