Cosmetic Acupuncture for Acne Rosacea Treatment

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This article is about Cosmetic Acupuncture for Acne Rosacea Treatment.

Traditional Chinese medicine view
● Rather pale skin – Lung yin defi ciency (Heart Blood defi ciency).
● Sudden appearance of fl ushed areas on face, with burning or irritation – ascending Lung yang.
● Symptoms appear suddenly with alcohol, heat or anxiety – wind.
● Can become more permanent red erythema in later stage – heat.

Lung Traditional Chinese medicine view Lung

Lung Traditional Chinese medicine view Lung

■ Local points only around pustules as in vulgaris.
■ Tonify Lung yin – Lu 1, Lu 7, Ren 17.
■ Tonify Kidney yin – K 10, water.
■ Descend the ascending heat – Sp 6 descending technique.
■ Eliminate wind–heat – GB 20 wind elimination sedation technique.
■ Two sessions in the first week, followed by one session weekly for 4 weeks, then one session every 10 to 14 days depending on the improvement. If patient is very pale, Heart Blood should also be tonified.

It is quite common for patients with acne rosacea to have a pale complexion, especially in the early years of the disease, but this is not always the case. In patients who are pale, it is necessary to rule out symptoms of Liver or Heart blood deficiency. This is because it is a wind symptom, and wind occurs more often in the case of blood deficiency than yin deficiency. If the patient complains of easily sleeping extremities that improve with movement, blurred vision, scanty menstrual bleeding with long cycles, weak muscles and tired eyes, these could be signs of Liver Blood deficiency; if they have symptoms such as poor concentration and memory, poor sleep, feeling hot or cold easily with cold sweating, a weak voice and endogenous depression, this could be Heart Blood deficiency. In both cases, the following points would be useful: Ren 14, UB 15, Sp 10, UB 17, GB 39, Liv 8 and P 6. The patient could also be recommended a herbal syrup with iron or an iron supplement.

If the patient has no symptoms of Blood deficiency, this part of the treatment can be omitted. As acne rosacea is a wind–heat disease symptom, it is necessary to eliminate wind–heat directly from the area it manifests. Hence the wind elimin ation sedation of point GB 20 (see p. 78).

Since the wind–heat appears on the skin and on the face, there must be a deficiency of the yin aspect of the Lung. If not, the wind–heat will not affect the Lung – it will affect another organ which has a weakness. In order to tonify Lung yin, points Lu 1 and Lu 7 are used. Lu 1, the Mu-front point of the Lung, has the function of cooling it, and Lu 7, the Luo-connecting point, not only tonifies the yin but also sedates the yang of the Large Intestine and the Lung. Point Ren 17, the master point for the respiratory organs and the skin, is needled in the direction of energy flow of the Ren meridian, in order to tonify the yin. These three points tonify Lung yin, sedate Lung yang, and prevent the wind–heat from affecting the Lung and skin.

The wind–heat here is appearing in the upper part of the body, and we call it an ascending symptom. It is therefore important to descend the windheat. This is achieved by Sp 6 (the area distal point for the lower warmer) descending technique (see p. 80). This, together with tonifying Kidney yin, will bring more yin to the lower warmer, and stop the wind–heat ascending to the upper warmer. Sp 6 descending technique is used very successfully in post-menopausal hot flushes along with Kidney yin tonification. It would help immensely if the patient drinks water throughout the day and avoids excessive coffee or alcohol.

Differences between acne vulgaris and acne rosacea
Acne vulgaris
● Peak prevalence is between middle and late teenage years.
● Papules, pustules, comedones (blackheads or whiteheads) and nodules.
● Scarring.
● Improves with sunshine.
● Can affect chest and back.
Acne rosacea
● Peak prevalence in patients aged between 40 and 70.
● Facial fl ushing, burning, later papules, pustules and blepharitis.
● Soft tissue overgrowth in the form of rhinophyma.
● May worsen with sunshine.
● Usually limited to the face.

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