Melasma and Chinese Medicine
Melasma is a skin pigmentation with brown patches on the face around the mouth, on the forehead, or nose typically. While this condition is not considered severe, it points to deeper, organ-level imbalances in Chinese medicine. It is thought to be caused by hormonal imbalances creating an increased stimulation of melanocytes secondary to estrogen and progesterone, ultraviolet light, thyroid dysfunction, and/or genetic predisposition. Studies have shown Chinese medicine and acupressure to be effective at clearing melasma by improving Yin and Yang balance, stimulating the free flow of blood and regulate body's immune and endocrine tasks in the body.
Acupressure Points for Melasma
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 4
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 6
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 10
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 36
- Apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Pericardium 6
- Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Kidney 3
- Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 4
- Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Liver 3
Causes of Melasma in Chinese Medicine
Modern medicine found that patients with melasma tend to have hemodynamic abnormalities which corresponds to the Chinese term of Blood Stasis. It has been shown that melasma has certain relationship with the increase of blood viscosity and the microcirculatory disturbances. Acupressure addresses the underlying condition(s) and affects deeper physiological changes by facilitating the natural self-regulation homeostatic mechanisms of the body.
- The Lungs energetic organ system belong to the Metal Element and are the master of Qi dominating the skin and mucous membranes; so, Lung imbalances are always considered with skin conditions.
- Thyroid imbalances that can cause melasma are typically based on Kidney Deficiency.
- There is no endocrine system in Chinese medicine; never-the-less, acupressure and herbs have been proven very effective in resolving women's reproductive problems. Typically, a Chinese medical doctor works on balancing the energetics of the Liver and Kidney to balance hormones.
Location of dark patches can further help to pinpoint the underlying causes of melasma. For example:
- The Gallbladder channel transports Liver Heat to the forehead over the eyes at GB14
- The Stomach channel is traverses the cheek
- The Large Intestine channel travels to the nose.
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