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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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Acupuncture for skin conditions: psoriasis.

I have psoriasis and by the end of the cold season it gets so bad that I cannot bring myself to go to the beach when summer comes. Is acupuncture effective for skin diseases, or am I destined to wear turtlenecks and pants?

   There are basically two types of psoriasis, which can be described as "winter" type and "summer" type. If your skin gets worse during winter and improves in summer, most likely you have "winter" psoriasis. This is good news because "winter" psoriasis is very responsive to treatment.
   Acupuncture will help your skin in a matter of days.
   Moderate exposure to sunlight also can make a dramatic difference; so don't hide the affected areas of the skin. The sun in your backyard is as good as on the beach. Don't stop taking your medication (especially if you are on steroids!) without approval of your physician.

Acupuncture for "instant face lift".

Acupuncture for "instant face lift". Is this a joke?
    I have heard something about acupuncture used to improve the skin on the face and get rid of the wrinkles, something like an "instant face lift". Is this a joke?

   No, it is not. This method has been common in Europe for decades. I still keep a 25-year old article from a German newspaper about a doctor who included "acupuncture facial" in his practice. Acupuncture activates blood circulation and provides better nutrition to the skin, improves lymphatic drainage and stimulates the tone of mimic muscles. The result is visible and immediate. The recommended frequency of the sessions is every 1-2 weeks.
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