Skin Disorders

The integumentary system is the largest organ system that is made up of skin, hair, glands, and nails.  The major function of this system is as a barrier against the external environment. This system can be affected by many skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, eczema, and many others.  Also, many internal causes may lead to skin disorders and symptoms. Skin disorders may be caused from a combination of multiple problems including:

  1. Stress
  2. Hormone imbalances
  3. Inflammatory disease
  4. Auto-Immune disorders
  5. Diet
  6. Drugs
  7. Many other Causes

At Fontana Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we look at the person from all aspects and try to find the cause of these skin disorder.  Our acupuncturist focuses on reducing the occurrence of skin disorders and their disruptive symptoms by focusing on lifestyle changes, and using acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Acupuncture has been clinically shown to decrease eczema and dermatitis severity in this study

Title: The Effectiveness of Combined Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis.

Design: Twenty (20) patients between the ages of 13 and 48 who had mild-to-severe atopic dermatitis were given a combined treatment of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and were followed prospectively. The patients received acupuncture treatment twice a week and the Chinese herbal formula 3 times daily for a total of 12 weeks.

Measurements: Assessments were performed before treatment, and at weeks 3, 6, 9, and 12 of treatment. The primary outcomes were defined as the changes in the Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI), Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), and patient assessment of itch measured on a visual analogue scale (VAS).

Results: After 12 weeks of treatment, an improvement in EASI was noted in 100% of patients, when compared with the baseline. The mean EASI fell from 4.99 to 1.81; the median percentage of decrease was 63.5%. Moreover, 78.8% of patients experienced a reduction in DLQI and VAS, as compared with the baseline. The mean DLQI decreased from 12.5 to 7.6 at the end of treatment, with 39.1% improvement. Mean VAS decreased from 6.8 to 3.7, with 44.7% improvement. No adverse effects were observed.

Compared with the other two groups, Acupuncture plus placebo had improved sleep quality and vitality, decreased daytime dysfunction and sleepiness. Acupuncture appeared to be more effective in increasing sleep quality and daytime functioning than sham acupuncture and estazolam.

Citation: Salameh F, Perla D, Trau H, et al. The Effectiveness of Combined Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis. Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine [serial online]. October 2008;14(8):1043-1048. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed July 23, 2014.

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