Dermatology Made Easy is based on the most popular topics from DermNet NZ's vast array of material. The book combines the essential focus of the ‘Made Easy’ book series with the authority and knowledge base of DermNet NZ's unparalleled resources.
Author: Brian Wu PhD. MD Candidate, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA. Chief Editor: Dr Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, August 2015.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine, sterile needles into specific points that lie along meridians of energy in the body (there are some 350 of these points in this tradition). It is believed that stimulation of these nodes unblocks energy, or qi, within the body.
Acupuncture is one of the more widely accepted alternative therapies in the West; it has its origins in China and is believed to have begun between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago.
Herbal acupuncture is acupuncture where herbal ingredients are injected through the acupuncture needle.
Bee venom acupunture injects minute amounts of bee venom.
Embedding acupuncture embeds the needles for a prolonged effect.
The specific mechanisms by which acupuncture works are not fully understood, but there have been several theories advanced.
It is believed that acupuncture might work by the stimulation of Raphe’s nuclei, which increases serotonin production. This, turn, sets off a series of reactions which culminates in the increase of glucocorticoids that modulate inflammation and other aspects of the body’s immune response.
Since many skin conditions are at least in part inflammatory, acupuncture may have a positive effect through reduction of inflammation.
Acupuncture has been used to treat an extensive list of skin conditions, including:
The benefits of acupuncture as a dermatology treatment include:
The drawbacks of acupuncture as a treatment include:
Acupuncture has been reported to rarely cause cutaneous disease, such as:
Herbal acupuncture may give rise to hypersensitivity reactions to plant materials.
Embedding acupuncture may lead to foreign body granuloma.
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