Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used to treat a broad range of medical condition.  Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine here in the United States.  It is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions.  The majority of people who seek out acupuncture do so for musculoskeletal problems, including low back pain, shoulder stiffness, and knee pain.  Acupuncture is rarely used alone but rather as an adjunct to other treatment modalities.

Acupuncture is believed to have originated around 100BC in China.  Acupuncture grew and diminished in popularity in China repeatedly, depending on the country’s political leadership and the favor of rationalism or Western medicine.  Acupuncture spread first to Korea in the 500s AD, then to Japan through medical missionaries, and then to Europe, starting with France.  In the 1900s as it spread to the United States and Western countries, where the spiritual elements of acupuncture that conflict with Western beliefs were abandoned in favor of anatomical rationalizations.

? Acupuncture study

Aim of the study:  To collect the published data and evidence on the use of acupuncture as a primary treatment modality for dermatologic conditions including atopic dermatitis, urticaria (hives), pruritus, acne, chloasma, neurodermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, hyperhidrosis, human papillomavirus wart, breast inflammation, and facial elasticity.

Researchers from the University of California Davis searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register for clinical trials, controlled studies, case reports, comparative studies, and systematic reviews.  The team set out to analyze the evidence on the use of acupuncture as primary treatment for dermatologic conditions.

? Results + Conclusion

Results:  A total of 24 studies were included with 16 randomized controlled trials, 6 prospective observational studies, and 2 case reports.  In 17 of 24 studies, acupuncture showed statistically significant improvements in outcomes compared with placebo, alternative treatment options, and/or no intervention.

Conclusions:   Acupuncture is an alternative to regular dermatological care for skin disorders as these results shows improved outcomes in the treatment of chloasma, dermatitis, pruritus, hyperhidrosis, urticaria, and facial elasticity.  The findings support acupuncture as an alternative therapy in treating dermatological disorders.

? Reference

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acm.2014.0274