Traditional acupuncture involves a holistic approach to health and well-being. Ancient acupuncture philosophy states that when illness strikes, there is an imbalance occurring within the body, and this imbalance is what causes the illness.
Acupuncture for acne in traditional Chinese medicine or TCM considers a variety of factors, including the emotional, physical and environmental conditions of an individual and how these factors contribute to the health of the skin. According to TCM, acne is usually caused by excessive dampness and heat affecting organs along specific “channels”. The three organs responsible for acne are the spleen, stomach and lungs.
Each organ has to perform a specific task and is connected to the channel that flows from the internal surface of the skin and connects with a specific organ. Therefore, acne can occur when there is a dysfunction occurring within one of these organs, in addition to its positioning on a specific channel.