Written by Antoneta, founder of Klarskin, after her first experience with Acupuncture
If like me you have never had acupuncture before then this article is for you. I decided to visit a practitioner more out of curiosity than there being anything wrong with me. I must say in advance that each consultation and treatment plan is individual, however I hope it gives you an insight into what acupuncture can do for you.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to rebalance the body, mind and spirit. With the insertion of needles into precise points on the body, circulation and energy flow can be adjusted in order to heal imbalance, promote optimal health and increase longevity.
As each person has unique skin and internal health, each protocol is unique – no two individuals will have the same treatment.
Acupuncture can also address underlying conditions that could be showing up in the face; this may include digestive concerns, fatigue, immune issues, to name a few.
During my very first appointment, my practitioner identified a problem in my liver and spleen within a matter of 10 minutes. He asked some very basic questions about my health history, my diet and lifestyle choices, things that bothered me both emotionally and physically, and determined I had an excess of yin energy and potentially some dysfunction with my spleen and liver.
I have been told my liver health was not optimal by doctors in Switzerland when I was trying to get to the root cause of my acne years ago, so this was not news to me.
Those of you who are familiar with my adult acne story will know that supporting my liver health played a large role in clearing my skin. I would argue liver health is of equal importance to gut health, yet it is often ignored. You can read about the link between liver health and acne via this blog post I wrote in 2019.
After my experience with acne and identifying my gut and liver as the main problem areas, I hadn't really thought about improving organ health with acupuncture.
I connected improving my liver health more to food, supplementation and lifestyle factors. However after my initial acupuncture treatment I feel like nothing I had tried in the past had as much of an effect on my energy flow and circulation than this.
It is still early days, and I will update my progress via this blog post, however I can confirm there was a lot of focus around my feet and shin area, which are the Liver and Spleen meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I like and would recommend acupuncture mainly because it fits with my philosophy for skin and overall health: treating underlying concerns will ultimately treat problematic skin long term.
As always, it is important to select a treatment that suits you best, however if you are interested in acupuncture for organ and skin health, I would recommend finding an experienced and qualified acupuncturist and trying it for yourself.