Acupuncture for Skin Conditions: Unlocking the Healing Potential of Traditional Chinese Medicine Skin Health Program2023-10-16T15:33:07+00:00

Acupuncture for Skin Conditions: Unlocking the Healing Potential of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture for Skin DisordersIntroduction

Did you know that the skin, the body’s largest organ, plays a vital role in our overall health? Skin conditions can range from mild acne to more severe conditions like eczema and psoriasis, causing discomfort and distress. While conventional treatments offer temporary relief, they often fail to address the underlying causes of these conditions. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a holistic approach to skin health by focusing on balancing internal imbalances through acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy. In this article, we will explore the TCM perspective on skin conditions, the efficacy of acupuncture in their treatment, and the key acupoints associated with skin health.

TCM Perspective on Skin Conditions

Understanding the Lung Meridian and Skin Health

In TCM, the Lung Meridian is responsible for regulating body temperature and plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin. It is known as the “Prime Minister” and works in harmony with the Heart Meridian, which controls the circulation of Blood. The Lung Meridian’s function includes adjusting body temperature through perspiration and protecting against environmental changes. Skin conditions arise when there is an imbalance between Heat and Dampness in the body, often caused by emotional stress and hormonal fluctuations.

Balancing Heat and Dampness for Healthy Skin

According to TCM principles, skin issues occur when the Lung becomes overworked, resulting in imbalances between Heat and Dampness. This imbalance leads to inadequate waste elimination and water retention, creating a humid and moist environment that triggers various skin disorders. Additionally, external factors such as Wind-Heat can exacerbate skin conditions by weakening the Lung function. TCM aims to address these imbalances through acupuncture and herbal therapy to restore skin health.

Research on Acupuncture for Skin Conditions

Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of TCM, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, in treating various skin conditions. For example, a study conducted by Professor Zhu Renkang, a dermatology expert, examined the impact of Chinese herbal medicine on patients with plaque psoriasis. The results showed a remarkable 72.2% of patients experiencing complete clearance of their skin, while 11.1% showed significant improvement, resulting in an overall improvement rate of 80%.

Moreover, the British Journal of Dermatology documented a report highlighting the efficacy of TCM in treating severe cases of atopic eczema. The study found that TCM interventions, including acupuncture, showed promising results in alleviating symptoms and improving the quality of life for patients with this challenging skin condition.

Key Acupoints for Skin Conditions

Unlocking the Healing Potential of Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific acupoints to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. When it comes to treating skin conditions, several key acupoints have shown positive outcomes:

  1. Pool at the Crook (LI 11): Located on the Large Intestine Meridian, this acupoint is effective in reducing inflammation and treating skin conditions characterized by redness, itchiness, oozing, and inflammation. It is commonly used for acne, hives, and herpes zoster.
  2. Middle of the Crook (UB40): Situated on the Urinary Bladder Meridian, this acupoint is known as the main point for skin-related issues. It helps reduce inflammation associated with acne, eczema, and severe itching.
  3. Cubit Marsh (LU 5): Found along the Lung Meridian, this acupoint is situated at the cubital crease on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon. It works in conjunction with other meridians, such as the Stomach, Urinary Bladder, and Gallbladder Meridians, to address both acute and chronic interior conditions that manifest as exterior skin problems.

FAQs about Acupuncture for Skin Conditions

  1. Can acupuncture completely cure skin conditions? Acupuncture can significantly improve skin conditions, but complete cure depends on various factors such as the severity of the condition, individual response to treatment, and adherence to a holistic approach that includes lifestyle modifications and dietary changes.
  2. Are there any side effects of acupuncture for skin conditions? Acupuncture is generally safe when performed by a licensed and trained practitioner. However, mild bruising or temporary skin irritation may occur at the needle insertion site. It is essential to choose a qualified acupuncturist for safe and effective treatment.
  3. How many acupuncture sessions are required to see results? The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual and the specific skin condition. In some cases, significant improvement may be observed after a few sessions, while others may require regular treatments over an extended period for optimal results.
  4. Can acupuncture be used alongside conventional treatments? Yes, acupuncture can complement conventional treatments for skin conditions. It can enhance the effectiveness of topical creams or medications by addressing underlying imbalances and promoting overall skin health.
  5. Are the effects of acupuncture long-lasting for skin disorders? With regular maintenance and adopting a holistic approach to skin health, the effects of acupuncture can be long-lasting. However, it is important to continue following a healthy lifestyle and managing stress levels to sustain the results.
  6. Is acupuncture suitable for all types of skin disorders? Acupuncture can be beneficial for various skin conditions, but it is important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist who can assess your specific condition and determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.


Acupuncture, as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, offers a holistic and effective approach to treating skin conditions. By addressing internal imbalances, reducing inflammation, and promoting overall well-being, acupuncture can bring relief and improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from skin conditions. If you’re seeking a natural and comprehensive solution for your skin concerns, consider exploring the potential of acupuncture and consult with a licensed acupuncturist to embark on your journey to healthier skin.

If you’re ready to nurture your skin, book your appointment today!

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Massage Therapy Pressure Scale 5-8Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Advanced Care Paramedic she is widely recognized for developing unique care plans which draw on her knowledge and therapeutic touch gained across each of these specialized disciplines. Having over twenty years of combined expertise in caring for her patients, Michelle has had a front row seat to observe how stress and emotion affect the mind and body. Complementing her acupuncture services at Red Leaf Wellness, Michelle offers a variety of therapeutic and relaxation massage therapies, including pregnancy massage, myofascial release and myofascial cupping.

Michelle began her health career as a massage therapist, graduating the 2200hr Massage Program at Macewan University in 2001. Being active in competitive sport in her youth, Michelle understood the benefits of massage on sport performance, recovery and injury prevention. She subsequently branched into emergency care and became an Advanced Care Paramedic where she was able to offer a calming presence in stressful, emergent situations. Michelle has always believed that soft skills, an extra moment spent with family, or a hand to hold on the way to the hospital, can be as healing as the specific medical interventions themselves. Working as a Paramedic Michelle saw, and began to question, how it is that people differ in disease and the aging process and why the same drug benefited one person, but not the other. Her lifelong learning journey had her begin to look for these answers in the time-tested practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, thus kicking off another quest for knowledge at MacEwan University’s Acupuncture Program.


  • Diploma – Acupuncture, Macewan University
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Olivia Wiebe is a dedicated practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, offering a compassionate and holistic approach to wellness. Graduating from MacEwan University in 2017 with a diploma in Acupuncture, Olivia’s journey into this ancient healing practice began during her high school years, where she first experienced its transformative effects. This initial exposure led her to a profound understanding of the body’s complex interplay with lifestyle and environment, shaping her therapeutic approach.

Equipped with deep knowledge in yin/yang theory, 5-element theory, meridian channels, and organ diagnosis, Olivia views health as a harmonious balance between physical, emotional, and environmental factors. Her commitment to expanding her expertise led her to pursue an additional 2.5 years of study in Chinese Herbology at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. This rigorous training, coupled with her experience in Western Herbology, has enabled her to integrate a rich tapestry of herbal wisdom into her practice.

Olivia’s therapeutic focus includes alleviating aches and pains, addressing insomnia, stress, and anxiety, and enhancing women’s health, among other areas. She is passionate about assisting her patients in every step of their healing journey, regardless of their familiarity with Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Olivia is an avid nature enthusiast, often found embracing the tranquility of the river valley or indulging in forest bathing with her beloved dog. She is also a skilled pianist, classically trained through the Royal Conservatory, and has shared her love for music by teaching piano lessons for over a decade.

At our clinic, Olivia Wiebe stands as a testament to the power of integrative care, combining her rich knowledge of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a deep-rooted passion for natural healing. Whether you are new to Acupuncture or seeking advanced care, Olivia welcomes all questions and looks forward to guiding you on your path to wellness.


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