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Home > Newsletters > December 2006 > Ask the Doctor

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Q:  I am considering acupuncture for several different areas, mainly though, at 41 yrs old, I am experiencing hormonal acne cysts. Due to medication I take, I cannot take any type of hormones to balance this. Which type of acupuncture will help this or will it not be a benefit. I am looking for natural alternative methods of controlling this problem rather than prescription drugs which I have not tried, ie. Accutane

A:  This is quite a common condition and we have had success with it. According to Chinese medicine the cystic acne is a result of heat in the body that is rising and coming out as acne. We use a combination of acupuncture to release the heat and Chinese herbal medicine to help balance the body to prevent the accumulation of heat, preventing future outbreaks. Treatment plans will range from 2-3 months as we have to monitor you through several menstrual cycles. Acupuncture taken at once a week for 2 months, if you're doing well we generally wean you off the acupuncture and maintain the herbs. You should see improvements in the quality and number of outbreaks by the 5th week.

Accutane is a common drug that is used. It is very aggressive and has many side effects. From personal experience, I did use it when I was in my teens and found success with it, but I have had friends that had suffered from depression while on it. So, ensure that you speak to your doctor about the side effects and if you choose to take it, ensure that your
doctor is monitoring you closely.

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This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Jasmine Sufi HBSc, BHSc, D.Ac
2401 Yonge St. Suite 214
Toronto, ON
M4P 3H1

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