Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac, Registered Acupuncturist
Why do scars form
Although scarring is a common result of the body's natural healing process, it is not meant to be permanent. In some people who are more prone to scarring it can become a major issue to deal with. Even relatively small scars may cause further problems, including limited range of motion, pain and restricted circulation in the body – often in areas that are not even in immediate area of the scar.
Internal Scars act like adhesions in the body
How Scars are seen in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Treating scars with Acupuncture
Depending on the scar type and treatment approach sterile, hair-thin acupuncture needles are placed surrounding the scar, or into the actual scar tissue. Gua Sha (skin scraping or rubbing) with a flat instrument is also often part of this approach and can be used alongside acupuncture needles. This can help gently break up scar tissue and encourage blood and lymph flow in the area.
Castor Oil to help reduce appearance of scar tissue
Using castor oil to help resolve scar tissue is a non-invasive method for both skin surface scars and internal adhesions over time. Castor oil can be applied directly onto a skin surface scar, then covered with a warm wrap or compress – and often left overnight. Alternately, a series of treatments with castor oil packs can be very beneficial for gently encouraging the resolution of internal scarring and adhesions.
Treating scars with the Arvigo® Therapy Techniques
Essential oils for scar tissue
Two important oils to treat scar tissue:
- Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Two important oils to help skin heal:
- Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium)
- True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Cautions with scar treatments
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