Traditional Chinese Medicine experts have successfully used Acupuncture therapy to cure heat rashes and several other skin ailments. Their basic principle is that good healthy skin is a result of balance between the internal systems of the body along with the external environment in which we live. Any disturbance in the essential elements such as blood flow, energy, yin and yang etc can lead to the origin of skin diseases. Also, the environmental factors like weather, heat, humidity etc play an important role in facilitating good skin health. In any TCM treatment for heat rashes using acupuncture, the main aim is to cure the root cause and not just the symptoms resulting from it.
What is Acupuncture for heat rashes?
People often believe that Acupuncture is ideal only for stress and pain relief. However, this science is highly effective in treating many chronic conditions including skin rashes. When a patient comes to an acupuncturist for heat rash treatment, the therapist examines his/ her skin and also asks several questions. This is to mainly assess what makes the heat rash worse: for example, the therapist will check if the skin is oozing, flaky, dry, itchy or has pustules etc. Additionally, s/he will want to determine the diet of the patient just to rule out possibilities like food allergies that could be aggravating the condition. Also, therapists will note down the entire history of the patient including the occurrence of any changes or emotional factors that could be the cause of the rash. Apart from examination of the skin, the herbalist will determine the health of the other organs and systems including digestion as well as sleep habits, urine and bowel movements etc. Through careful observation, the therapist will determine whether the person is stressed, depressed etc.
The acupuncture technique for skin rashes and disorders, involves stimulating certain points along the legs, arms and the torso. The experts insert precision needles in the sensitive points for varying durations of time. The points are linked to nerve endings that transmit the stimulation. The stimulation helps speed up the production of endorphins that help in curing the symptoms. In some severe cases, therapists may apply some heat or electricity to pass a small charge through the acupuncture points.
One of the common reasons for heat rashes, according to Acupuncturists, is too much water accumulation or too much heat in the body. Accordingly they categorize the heat rash as based on damp heat or blood deficiency. Based on the constitution of the patient, the therapist will give individualized pattern based diagnosis and treatment. This is the main reason why this science is considered to be highly effective in treating heat rashes and other skin diseases that are often not treated fully by western or conventional medicine.
The aim of the acupuncture therapy is to open the skin pores and allow all toxins to be released from the skin, to relieve the symptoms of the heat rash. This technique is found to be very effective as acupuncture helps stimulate liver and kidney functions to let the body purge out the toxins.
TCM herbs for treating heat rashes
TCM herbalists might also prescribe some useful herbal remedies to treat heat rashes. These include tea made from mung beans and Barley or even dandelion and cornsilk tea etc. Additionally, the patient’s skin must be washed with warm water to which equal portions of salt and borax powder have been added.(If the rash appears to worsen after this, one must discontinue use and seek medical help).
Heat rashes which are red, hot to touch and oozing pus along with itchiness indicate damp heat. So the herbalist will aim to fortify the spleen by nourishing the blood and removing wind from the body. Ping wei san stomach powder might be recommended in such cases. For dry scaly heat rashes, the herbalists might prescribe oil based herbal topical remedies or even simple home remedies like applying some grated potato raw juice poultice to the affected parts three times a day.
The Three Yellow Cleanser is another popular and effective TCM remedy for heat rashes. It gets its name owing to the fact that three of its ingredients are yellow in color. It has Rhubarb, Sophora, SkullCap and Phellodendron that help stop itchiness, oozing and also clear up internal heat. Modern science has actually shown that these ingredients have antimicrobial properties.
Apart from these herbs, therapists may also recommend some dietary changes including quitting smoking and alcohol and staying away from certain foods like shrimp, crabs and other seafood etc. One must eat plenty of fruits and vegetables especially green leafy veggies to facilitate faster healing.
The WHO (World Health Organization) has proven through randomized clinical trials that Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment for treating various skin disorders. Those looking for non invasive and effective non chemical heat rash treatment can certainly go for it.