Acupuncture Cosmetic Therapy: Freckle

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Freckle refers to black or light yellow spots on the skin after exposure to the sun. It does not differ in sex. It usually appears at the age of 5 and the amount increases as the gaining of age.
【Etiology and Pathogenesis】
Invasion of external pathogenic wind and stagnation of fire in the blood stage of minute collaterals, attacks the face along meridians.
【Syndrome Differentiation】
It mostly occurs in the face, especially around the nose and sides of als nasi. It changes with the seasons. In summer, the amount of freckle increases, color deepens and area of lesion becomes bigger. In winter, the amount
decreases, color lightens and area of lesion becomes smaller. There are no other subjective symptoms.
Body Acupuncture
Principles of Treatment:
To disperse wind, clear heat, cool blood and dissipate rash with mainly acupuncture and even method.
Select mainly points in the cheek, the Large Intestine Meridian of Hand-Yangming, and the Spleen Meridian of Foot-Taiyin Yingxiang (LI20), Sibai (ST2), Yintang (Ex-HN3), Quanliao (SI18), Hegu (LI4),
Xuehai (SP10), Sanyinjiao (SP6)
Yingxiang (LI20), Sibai (ST2), Yintang (Ex-HN3) and Quanliao (SI18) are all located in the cheek. They unblock qi of the local meridans and collaterals, activate blood circulate and dissipate rash. Hegu (LI4), Yuan-primary Point of the Large Intestine Meridian of Hand-Yangming, is effective to various disease of the face, and clears wind-fire in Yangming, cool blood and dissipate rash. Xuehai (SP10) and Sanyinjiao (SP6) are located in the Spleen Meridian of Foot-Taiyin. The spleen dominates the muscles and its divergent meridian reaches face. So these two points may tonify blood, nourish yin, and harmonize qi and blood.
Apply routine needling techniques to the points.
Other Therapies
Do routine sterilization in the area with freckle. Burn the fire needle into red, and do spot burning accurately and quickly on the freckle without puncturing too deeply. After the treatment, keep the surface of wound clean to prevent infection. Treat once every 3-4 days.
Auricular Acupuncture:
Select lung, heart, stomach, large intestine, endocrine, and Shenmen. Choose 2-4 points each time, stimulates with filiform needles and medium pressure, and retain for 20-30 minutes. Or apply Vaccariae seeds.
Cutaneous needle:
Tap gently the freckle in the face, Fengchi (GB20), and Feishu (BL13) until the skin becomes slightly red. Treat once every day.
When there is arrival of to qi, connect the points to an electroacupuncture stimulator and stimulate with disperse and dense wave, medium stimulation for 20-30 minutes. Treat once every day.
Point Injection:
Select Zusanli (ST36), Xuehai (SP10), Feishu (BL13) and Geshu (BL17). Choose 2 points each time. Inject 1-2 ml of injection of Danggui (当归 Radix Angelicae Sinensis) or Danshen (丹参 Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae) into each point.
1. Acupuncture has certain effect on this disease.
2. Do strict sterilization in fire-needling. Manipulate accurately and quickly. Do not apply in too big area each time and treat different areas alternatively. After the treatment, keep the surface of wound clean to prevent infection.
3. During the treatment, advise patients to avoid solarization as much as possible to avoid influencing the effect
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