Acupuncture for Skin Conditions

Acupuncture for Skin Conditions.

The skin is the body's largest organ and acts as a barrier to the external environment. Many skin conditions are related to the body's immune and digestive function. Common, persistent skin conditions requiring medical treatment include eczema and dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and rosacea as well as excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Acute skin conditions include cold sores, shingles (herpes zoster), hair loss (alopecia), itching and hives (urticaria).

Is Acupuncture Effective for Skin Conditions?

Don't just take our word for it. The following clinical trials have scientifically examined the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for skin conditions.

Only reputable papers recently published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years are listed below.



Acupuncture in Medicine
The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for patients with atopic eczema: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture is effective in reducing itch intensity and may be more beneficial than conventional medicine at reducing eczema symptoms. This study assessed the effectiveness and showed positive results from randomised controlled trials.

2020, Jan 1 • Jiao R, Yang Z, Wang Y, Zhou J, Zeng Y, Liu Z. Full Article

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Acupuncture in Dermatology: An Update to a Systematic Review
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Society for Acupuncture Research

Acupuncture is an important Traditional Chinese Medicine modality based on the fundamental theory that disease is caused by disruptions in the body's qi. Understanding the use of acupuncture in dermatology is important due to the rising prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use. This showed that acupuncture improves clinical outcomes in uremic pruritus, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and itch.

2020, Jan 21 • Jonwei Hwang and Peter A. Lio Full Article

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Acupuncture improves symptoms in patients with mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis: A randomized, sham-controlled preliminary trial
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane

This randomised controlled trial showed positive effects of acupuncture with improvement of sleep quality, prevention of itching and general quality of life for atopic dermatitis patient.

2018, Mar 4 • Smith CA, Armour M, Lee MS, Wang LQ, Hay PJ Full Article

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Acupuncture-related techniques for psoriasis: a systematic review with pairwise and network meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Society for Acupuncture Research

This randomized controlled trials showed positive effects of acupuncture for treating psoriasis. Further acu-pressure points were encouraged to relieve inflammation on localised area.

2017, Dec 1 • Yeh, M. L., Ko, S. H., Wang, M. H., Chi, C. C., & Chung, Y. C. Full Article

Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Acupuncture as a treatment modality in dermatology: a systematic review
Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Medical Association of Pharmacopuncture Institute

The study indicated that acupuncture had statistically significant in treatment of dermatitis, chloasma, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis, and facial elasticity. Acupuncture was also more effective compared to other alternative therapies.

2015, Sep • Ma, C., & Sivamani, R. K. Full Article

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Society for Acupuncture Research

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used to treat a broad range of medical conditions, including dermatologic disorders. This study showed improve outcome measures in the treatment of dermatitis, chloasma, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis, and facial elasticity.

2015, Jan 26 • Ma C, Sivamani RK. Full Article


Acupuncture points
Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002