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  In a realm where fleeting weight loss trends dominate, the enduring wisdom of Oriental medicine illuminates a holistic approach to cultivating well-being.  Rooted in ancient philosophies and practices, this perspective transcends the mere physicality of weight management, delving into the interconnected realms of body, mind, and spirit. As we learn anything there is to know about weight management, we go across the rich texture of TCM and other therapeutic systems as we discover on this adventure.  In the middle of these antiquated methods, we also recognize the value of modern measurements as a comprehensive route towards long-term health and vitality, connecting traditional knowledge with contemporary understanding.           What can be your ideal weight?   First, determine your overall health. Obesity/overweight can bring hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and vice versa. Meanwhile, a growing number of women and youngsters are getting underweight, which cause

Acupuncture and home remedies for skin hyperpigmentation

Acupuncture can be used to cure skin pigmentation? 

According to recent studies, acupuncture can help cure melasma and chloasma, both of which are indicators of hyperpigmentation. Melasma is mostly produced by skin contact to sunlight, whereas chloasma is connected with femal hormonal changes, notably those associated with pregnancy or birth control pills.

Acupuncture therapy indicates the possibility of imbalance or disharmony in our body's system in relation with skin pigmentation, such as imbalanced zang-fu, uncontrolled blood circulaiton, heat or stasis, disharmonized five element metabolism, and so on. 

Using points to improve those difficulties and encourage outward skin manifestations, acupuncture therapy can address internal and exterior imbalances. Needling around the pigmented region, known as the "surrounding dragon" needle technique, can also be used to treat external hyperpigmentation. 


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Acupuncture has been shown in recent research to provide therapeutic benefits for various types of skin pigmentation. According to Wu and Xiang's 2018 study, acupuncture therapy with auricular acupressure may be more effective for chloasma than vitamin C and E alone. 




Melanin is the pigment responsible for all hyperpigmentation in our skin, which can be addressed by diagnoses of disharmony in Eastern traditional medicine. Acupuncture can be an effective alternative therapy for various types of hyperpigmentation like any other symptom. 

 Additional blackened skin parts

Associated with the signs of chloasma or melasma, the skin tones of armpits, elbows, crotch, and knees also bother us as the weather warms and out clothing becomes lighter and shorter. Clear and translucent skin tone is everyone's wish, especially under the sun. 

So, why is the skin on my underarms and groin browining wthout my knowledge? There are several explanations for this. 

Melanin is a key component in determining the color of our skin and eyes, protecting our skin from the sun, and maintaining a constant body temperature. Melanocytes in our skin generate melanin, and when the body overproduces it for whatever reason, the skin cells get stained with melanin, and this color ultimately makes its way to the skin's surface, resulting in skin pigmentation. 

Once the pigmentation begins, it does not fade easily and the pigmented regions might develop larger or darker as the color continues. So if you start caring for it early on, the outcome will be better. 



So, what causes overproduction of melanin in our body? 

1. Skin exposure to UV rays - the melanin pigment increases to protect the skin, causing pigmentation. 

2. Skin areas of high friction - more prone to pigmentation. This is true for elbows and knees, which protrude. 

3. Plucking hair with tweezers or waxing - this can damage follicle during the waxing or plucking when the hair grows under the skin and causes the skin to darken. Also, hair removal products that melt away hair can also dissolve the stratum corneum of the skin, which can affect coloration. To reduce the damage caused by constant hair      removal, it is necessary to find other suitable alternatives. 

4. Side effects of antiperspirants or deodorants - you should pay attention to product selection, amount of usage, and frequency. Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which inhibits the secretion of sweat glands and may cause the skin to burn, while deodorants are used for antiperspirant, bacterial control,    deodorization, and fragrance, which may cause excessive skin irritation or allergies. As with antiperspirants, you need to be careful about frequency and amount you use to avoid these side effects. 

5. Weight gain - the fatty layer of the skin thickness and the skin folds can cause your skin pigmented. In this case, weight control through exercise and improved dietary habits will be helpful in addition to treatment for pigmentation.

6. Bacterial or any infections - it is necessary to identify the causative agent and treat it accordingly.

7. Increase of female hormones in the body - this can lead to the overproduction of melanin, which causes the skin pigmentation. Especially during pregnance, darker skin tones become more pigmented, resulting in freckles on the face and darker nipples. 

8. Preexsiting health conditions or medications 

9. Wastes or free radicals grow in the body 

In order to get relief from skin pigmentation, you need to identify the cause first and treat it accordingly. There are several options, including professional whiteing laser treatments, medications to remove pigmented dead skin cells, and/or home remedies. Whichever option you choose, it is important to weight its pros and cons and pay close attention to your skin's characteristics and needs before starting any treatment. 


Home Remedies for skin pigmentation

Here are some simple methods to take care of it at home. Although it takes time, it is an easy way to take care of depigmented skin that, in the long run, may help clear up the your skin and restore the skin's natural tone. It does, however, need constant and routine maintenance. 

1. Regular skin expoliation with a body scrub - this help remove dead skin cells. Choose one that is gentle adn contains salycylic acid so that you do not have to scrub the skin too hard. Once or twice a week may be sufficient depending on your personal skin needs. Brown sugar or baking soda is also beneficial for skin expoliation.

2. Apply moisturizer - it is important to moisturize with a good produce after skin exfoliation, which help protect your skin. Aloe, lecithin, coconut oil, and vitamin E are all great options. 

3. Lifestyle modifications - wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothing, dietary changes by limiting starch, sugar, spicy and salty food but taking more yellow and red veggies. 

4. Finding a different or an alterntive to birth control pills.

5. Shaving or waxing instead of plucking hair.

6. Finding an alternative to deodorant.


Home Remedy Methods




Here's how to care for, alleviate, and moisturize pigmented skin with household products. 

1. Cut a lemon in half and rub it over your skin to brighten its tone. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is why they are also effective generally against age and dark spots. To notice benefits, you must do this on a regular basis, ideally for 10 minutes before showering. 

2. Place the sliced or grated potato on the blackened skin area for about 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. 

3. Mix baking soda with rosewater, coconut oil, cucumber, potato, or lemon, and place it on the concerned area for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. 
4. Place thinnly sliced or grated cucumber on the skin

5. Plase milk only or milk mixed with honey on the skin for about 10-15 minutes.

6. Apply egg oil (an oil extracted from egg yolks and used in medicine and cosmetics) to the skin area and massage. It can be ideal to use before bed and leave it on overnight or for about 10-15 minutes before rising off. Egg oil contails omegaIII, which helps to produce new skin.
7. Mix vinegar with rice flour and make a paste. Rinse off with luckwarm water after about 10 minutes.

8. Make a paste of flour, yogurt, and lemon. Apply it and leave for about 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this everyday for about 2 weeks, then reduce the frequency to 3 times a week, then twice a week if you see the results, and so on. 

If the condition of skin pigmentation is critical

If you have obesity, endocrine gland disorders, diabetes, Edison's disease, pituitary disorders, and underactive thyroid or taking orl contraceptives, it is a good idea to consult a professional first and find options for treatment. 


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List of Studies

Dose-response effect of acupuncture for Melasma: A prospective cohort study in tertiary hospital in Thailand 

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.04.21251151v1.full

Efficacy of acupuncture for melasma

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8678063/

The effects of acupuncture combined with auricular acupressure in the treatment of Chloasma

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2018/6438458/



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