Acupuncture is a beneficial tool for treating scars. Most don’t know this, but scars block the acupuncture channels and may or may not cause symptoms later on. Whether it is a natural scar (caused by an accident) or a surgically-induced scar, acupuncture should be your go-to for scar therapy because acupuncture needles can relieve the adhesions you cannot see beneath the scar.
Some of the most common surgical scars I’ve seen are from C-sections, inguinal hernias, Morton’s Neuroma, back surgery, and laparoscopic scars on the abdomen.
Treating the patient’s scars is one of the first actions I take because I know if I don’t, distal acupuncture points will be less effective. Imagine a C-section scar that goes across the abdomen. That scar crosses these channels: Kidney, Spleen, Liver, Stomach, Gallbladder and the Conception Vessel. Take the Stomach or Gallbladder channel for examples. These channels begin on the head, travel through the diaphragm and abdomen, through the groin and pelvic floor, down the outer aspects of the legs, and then end on the toes. Distal treatments can be very subtle and powerful at the same time, but how can we expect there to be results if there is a scar blocking the channel flow?
Here are a couple of examples to convince you. To protect the privacy of the individuals, the details are a bit vague.
- A scar from surgery between the second and third toes. This is the Stomach channel, which passes through the jaw. The patient was having chronic TMJ and spent a lot of money on various treatments. We found that treating the scars not only released tension in the foot, but also relieved the TMJ.
- This was one of the treatments that made me always treat a scar. A scar from a car accident on the upper lip. The accident occurred as a teenager. Approximately 40 years later, this person was having difficulty walking. At this time, I was in the student clinic and no one was making any progress. With one treatment, the patient could walk better after acupuncture along the Yangming Stomach channel.
- Laparoscopic scars… I’ve done a handful of these. What they do is pump the abdomen full of gas because it helps push the organs aside to get to the affected area while in surgery. Needling these scars has had various results—including less abdominal pain—but during treatment, the patient has a sensation that something is leaving the body. The scar tends to look “healthier” post acupuncture treatment.