This woman's Keloid was the result of having two C-sections, the most recent being 4 years ago. Since this, she was increasingly bothered by the Keloid, especially the itchiness. She said that every night when she was about to fall asleep, it would start to itch so badly that it would totally wake her up again. It was also very tender to touch.
Itchiness is one of the notorious symptoms of Keloids. But is there anything that can help? The suggestion from her doctor was to try steroid injection. However, she found that injection to be excruciating, so even though she did realize the steroid shot was effective, she did not want to do it again after one shot.
What is Chinese Medicine view of Keloid?
After a couple of treatments with Acupuncture, I decided to treat it with Moxa for a few treatments. I applied Moxa on her Keloid once a week for 2 months. There was no obvious change while I was actively treating. However, the patient noticed no itchiness in 2 months after discontinuing the treatment. Then shortly after that she noticed it was not as tender.
First picture shown was taken in May 2015 when I started to treat her Keloid, the later one in September 2016. Though active treatment was not done all those months, the effect of Acupuncture and Moxa was working slowly but surely. Both Moxa and Acupuncture help move blood, thus providing improved circulation to heal Keloid.
Of course depending on the individual's skin type, the depth and age of the Keloid etc., the results will vary. There are also cases where the scarring remains. However, the blockages which Keloids can create in the flow of energy, or Qi as we call it, are helped considerably by the use of Acupuncture treatment, as the flow of Qi and blood are improved.