How do I Minimize Scars Through Acupuncture or Acupressure?

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Unsightly scars can have their appearance minimized through the use of acupuncture. Make your scars vanish with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist, coming to you today from Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies. Today, we will be discussing how to minimize scar tissue with acupressure or acupuncture. Now, you might wonder why you would want to get rid of a scar, other than vanity. Scar tissue is kind of an adhesion of the body's tissue, and what happens is the energetic flow, as well as blood flow around it, is reduced. So, your meridians will actually move. They'll move around the scar, and so that can cause imbalances in some people like pain. A lot of times, I'll see women that will have scars on the lower abdomen and suddenly they have problems conceiving. Now, a lot of times it's because the blood flow or the Chi flow to that area is being impeded by the scar. So it's really quite easy to do some acupressure on yourself. So, I'm going to show you with this scar over here. So, this is a pretty extensive scar here and this part right around the elbow, the electron nerve is actually quite sensitive because there's not a lot of tissue around it. So, I'm going to use fairly light pressure on this area and a little bit of more vigorous pressure on the outside. So I'm going to use just some Vitamin E oil because that's great for the skin. And it's also going to help me glide around the scar itself and break it up a little bit. Now, your acupuncture physician or herbalist might actually make you a salve that would have medicinal herbs in it that with properties that would help to break up the scar tissue even more. A lot of times, I'll use seaweeds in a salve like that to get rid of scars, because the salty nature of seaweeds actually helps to break down masses, nodules and scars, really good on keloids too. So, now that I've applied that, it's just going to let me use my thumbs, which I said I'm going to use some moderate to firm pressure on the outside, and I'm just going to use some sweeping motions here with my thumbs to try and, basically what I'm doing is I'm trying to break up this tissue so that the body can dissolve it, and then normal energetic flow can be restored and you'll probably get, you can feel the difference in the scar where some of it's not as thick as the other. That's probably going to be the first part of the scar to start to diminish and change where it's going to take a little bit of work where the scar is actually quite extensive and deeper here in this part of the body. And then here where the area is quite sensitive, instead of using my thumbs which generally have more pressure than the fingers, I'm just going to use the pads of my fingers and go in a counterclockwise circular motion to try and break that up. Now, you couldn't really overdo this on yourself, unless of course you started to notice that the area was a little bit tender and sore, but you could do this a couple times a day on yourself if you are really motivated to get rid of a scar, and like I said, Vitamin E is a good, safe choice just because of its moisturizing nature on the skin, but there's tons of essential oils that you can also pick up. Essential oils tend to be really high in oxygen, which is great for cell reproduction and turnover, which is really what we're trying to encourage the body to do in this area. So, if you have a large scar that you're worried about, I suggest that you visit your local herbalist or acupuncture physician and get their advice perhaps. There's other points that you can do instead of local points on that scar, or different massage techniques that they suggest that are specific to you and your scar. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for scars.

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