What is a Scar?
A scar is the body’s natural response to healing by replacing lost or damaged skin. Scarring is essentially a malformation in normal cellular skin repair comprised of collagen, blood vessels, and sometimes foreign objects or toxins. Scar formation occurs for different reasons, including an outcome of infections, surgery, injuries, or inflammation of tissue. Scars can appear anywhere on the internal and external body. The structure of a scar varies depending on how the skin or tissue was damaged, how well the body heals, blood flow, skin type, personal and family history of scarring, the direction of the wound, location of the scar, and how old the scar is.
Can Scars Cause Health Problems?
Many scars are only superficial, or have healed well, while others may cause a physical disturbance by the trauma induced to the tissues. Scar tissues can block flow to the area generating numbness, tingling, itchiness, sensations of heat or cold, achiness, and tendon/muscle restriction. Scars can also hinder the physiological function of related tissues or organs, and even lead to deformities. Scars can also be accompanied by mental or emotional distress associated with the initial injury or trauma.
How are Scars Treated?
At Ananta Health the entire patient is assessed with a thorough history, assessment with Chinese Medicine and testing with the BioScan SRT to determine if there is anything in the body that can be contributing to increased inflammation or poor wound healing. Changes that could be made are diet, lifestyle, and supplements according to each patient’s needs.
Can Acupuncture Help with Scars?
Acupuncture is extremely effective in the treatment of scars. For recent injuries it can speed up healing and reduce pain. Acupuncture can help with older scars to reduce pain and inflammation. It specifically helps to reduce inflammation, and speed up healing, as well as reducing stress and helping recover from the trauma.