Jamie Gisby

Skin conditions

Skin conditions.

Skin conditions can be particularly distressing, both mentally and physically.  We live in a very visual world and some skin problems can disturb our self-confidence.  Many skin complaints can be excessively uncomfortable and distracting, disturbing our equilibrium.

Acupuncture for skin conditions.

Acupuncture theory proposes many different syndromes which can give rise to skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, urticaria and acne.  Each syndrome requires a different treatment approach.  I personally take a holistic approach to treating these conditions and think it is vital to look at diet and lifestyle.  Chronic health complaints tend to be multifactorial; there isn’t one simple cause.  Rarely is it just about genetics.  Are you getting enough quality sleep?  Is your stress under control?  Do you suffer from allergies?  I ask all these questions and assess whether specific diets might be of benefit.  People tend to be unaware of a number of well assessed therapeutic diets that can make a great difference.  For example, a low histamine diet can be hugely helpful for urticaria sufferers.  Most conventional care for skin conditions is drug based and simply suppresses symptoms without getting to the root of the problem and I truly believe that, whilst this has it’s place, it doesn’t go nearly far enough.  The right approach is to treat the cause not the symptom.

The British Acupuncture Council has some super fact sheets covering some common skin conditions and the research into the acupuncture treatment of them:

Fact sheet for acne.

Fact sheet for eczema and psoriasis.

Fact sheet for Herpes.


A systematic review of randomised controlled trials  for the stimulation of acu-points using acupuncture, cupping, herbs and other Chinese health care modalities has found that these are effective treatments for acne vulgaris, but stressed that further better controlled trials are needed.

Common problem foods can be fruit, nuts and wine