Dr. Mindy Boxer – Acupuncture & Skin Conditions

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Got Acne, Eczema or Psoriasis? Acupuncture Can Help

Our skin is our most visible organ and can often be the first thing people notice about us. If you suffer from a severe case of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, your skin care is the most important thing you think about. Over-the-counter medicine is a common first line of defense, but often the side effects are worse than the issue they are supposed to treat. 

Acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment option for various skin conditions. The goal is to achieve balance between the systems of the body and the external environment we live in. Acupuncture uses both needle insertion and herbs to treat various issues, depending on the needs of the client. Common skin conditions include:

  • Acne scars and blemishes
  • Severely dry or itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Eczema rashes
  • Red, itchy patches (as seen with rosacea)

According to experts at Pacific College of Health and Science, “Traditional Chinese medicine use the Three Yellow Cleanser (San Huan Xi Ji) to treat about 60% of skin disorders, which include acne, eczema, dermatitis, rashes, and psoriasis. The formula, which has been in use for many centuries, consists of four cleansing herbs with a ‘cold property’ that clears the internal heat (Qing Re), stops itching (Zhi Yang) and prevents secretions (Shou Se) from oozing further. Three of the four herbs used in the formula have a yellow hue, hence the name.”

“The four herbs — Rhubarb (Dai Huang), Sophora (Ku Shen), Phellodendron (Huang Bai) and Skullcap (Huang Qin) — were placed under scientific study and were found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral qualities. Clinical research indicated that Phellodendron (Huang Bai) is very effective in treating eczema.”

“Aside from the extensive use of Chinese herbs, traditional Chinese medicine also recommends acupuncture as a parallel treatment for skin disorders. Stimulation of Acupuncture

points increases the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems. Acupuncture points are specific nerve points that give particular access to the system of energetic meridians, which perform different functions depending on their location.”

What you can Expect

I will do a complete health history prior to your first treatment to better understand your needs and develop the proper course of action. For relief from most skin disorder, acupuncture points along the arms, legs, and torso are targeted. An allergy test might also be performed to check any possible underlying causes of the skin issue.

In 2002, the World Health Organization published a review and analysis of acupuncture clinical trials that provided some promising results. However, it is commonly understood that treatment alone won’t achieve the desired results. Usually, a change in diet is also warranted. People with skin disorders like the ones mentioned here should avoid alcohol, fish, shrimp, and crab. Incorporating green, leafy vegetables and fruits into a balanced diet is highly recommended.

Acupuncture for skin issues has very few side effects; and can be used either alone or in combination with more conventional treatments. If you suffer from acne, psoriasis, or eczema talk to me about the herbal, nutrition and other treatment options available to you. Get that healthy skin glow back and make your appointment today.


Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture can benefit you and help you to live a long, healthy life.

info@drmindyboxer.com

310. 450. 9711

Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.

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