Acupuncture for Scars
Scars may not seem like a big deal to some, but with initial trauma to the skin, there's oftentimes redness, sensitivity and burning pain. What's more, these blemishes can be in areas that are visible to the world, potentially bringing out feelings of insecurity, self-doubt and awkwardness. (Trust me, I've been there...I have three scars in total just on my face and chest).
As wounds heal, the skin grows in a sort of cross-matrix, the body's way of healing in the quickest, yet strongest way possible. This leaves behind potentially irritable, itchy, sometimes numb and unsightly scars.
As acupuncturists, we view the initial scar as a stagnation of qi (energy) and blood. Long term, this may lead to deficiencies. In either case, the goal is to soften and smooth out the scar as much as possible, support the body and get the energy moving.
Using a technique called 'turtling,' we surround the scar with needles, bringing qi and blood to the area to heal. Distal needles also support the treatment. The end result is a natural flow of qi and blood and less visible scar (in some cases, almost invisible!).