Can Acupuncture Help Acne?

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Acunpuncture may help treat acne symptoms. 

More Info: According to a study published in Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, a journal of acupuncture research, acupuncture may help acne by lowering serum IL-6 levels in acne conglobata patients.

In this study, patients suffering from acne conglobata, a highly inflammatory, severe form of acne, were divided into two groups. The first group was treated with acupuncture the second group with oral medication.  The results revealed that 88.5% of those being treated by acupuncture methods experienced positive results. The study concluded that both acupuncture and medication promote the recovery of affected skin.

Though one study does not conclusively prove that acupuncture is an acne cure all, it reveals a potential holistic approach to treating acne without medications and that more studies are needed.

 

Resources

Liu, CZ, B Lei, and JF Zheng. “Randomized Control Study on the Treatment of 26 Cases of Acne Conglobata with Encircling Acupuncture Combined with Venesection and Cupping.” Zhen Chi Yan Chiu 33.6 (2008): 406-408. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Web. 27 July 2010.

Lihong, S. “He-Ne Laser Auricular Irradiation Plus Body Acupuncture for Treatment of Acne Vulgaris in 36 Cases.” Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 26.3 (2006): 193-194. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Web. 27 July 2010.

Vickers, AJ. “Can Acupuncture Have Specific Effects on Health? A Systematic Review of Acupuncture Antiemesis Trials.” Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine 89.6 (1996): 303-311. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Web. 27 July 2010.

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