When our immune systems take a dip our skin’s surface and crevices provide a comfortable environment for the growth and spread of fungus. Even more so as the days get warmer — fungal infections can flare during the summer months. Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), Tinea cruris (jock itch), Tinea corporis (ringworm), and Tinea unguium (nail fungus) are the result of a fungus on the surface of our skin or nail. Topical antifungals are the conventional treatment for these conditions, and most infections respond well. However some conditions are resistant to treatment, or they take hold internally and return incessantly.
Acupuncture and herbal therapy can be a highly effective treatment for fungal infections. Typically a short, persistent period of external treatment is sufficient. Herbal topical preparations can offer a more powerful, less harmful alternative to over-the-counter or prescription topical antifungals. Occasionally a more involved treatment including internal herbal therapy is necessary. Acupuncture and whole systems Chinese medicine can begin to correct imbalances, inform gentle lifestyle changes, and improve the efficacy of topical products.
If you have questions about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine might help you, please contact us at All and One Acupuncture. Consultations and appointments can be made online or by calling our NE Portland acupuncture clinic at (503) 281-6909.