In the quest to look young, healthy and vibrant, we are faced with many options: Botox™, plastic surgery, facials, anti-aging creams and plenty of beauty hacks. Facial acupuncture offers another choice, yet stands in a class on its own, delivering results that are far more profound than simply diminishing wrinkles.
Regular facial acupuncture treatments create internal balance and slow the process of aging from within. When there is a healthy change within the body, the face becomes clearer and looks more youthful.
Chinese medicine has been practiced for almost 5,000 years and has proven to be a powerful healing modality. The Chinese have known that beauty comes from the inside and, that by changing the energy flow within the body, healing and rejuvenation naturally occur. The Chinese say that where qi goes, blood flows. Where healthy blood flows, circulation is improved and the body feels and looks better.
It was noted in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, 1996, that 90 percent of 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture had remarkable results with the first treatment. The report said there were fewer wrinkles, greater elasticity and tone of facial muscles.
How does Facial Acupuncture Work?
Facial acupuncture is rooted in Chinese medicine, thus it takes the patient’s whole picture into consideration. Diet and lifestyle play a major role in how we look and feel, specifically how much we: rest and exercise, are exposed to the sun, drink alcohol, whether we smoke and how much emotional stress we endure on a daily basis. Constant internal stress will naturally make its way to the face, in the form of worry lines and wrinkles, for example.
The face is a reflection of the entire body and is a powerful diagnostic tool to show what is going on within.
Facial acupuncture is based on a complex Chinese diagnostic evaluation, including in-depth medical history, and evaluation of tongue, pulse, face and skin. Through this process, we ascertain whether internal conditions may be exacerbating the external skin tone. Any internal imbalances are treated with corresponding modalities (acupuncture, herbs, etc.) along with diet and lifestyle recommendations.
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Treatment creates a heightened facial awareness, such as tingling, skin tightness and warmth of circulation. Sometimes acupuncture is not necessary on the face itself: herbs and microcurrent alone have a great influence on the skin.
I have found that most faces have different skin types in different areas, i.e., rosacea on one part of the face (which in Chinese medicine is considered a damp heat condition), and other parts may be dry due to yin deficiency. Each area is treated with corresponding points and gentle topicals, including Chinese herbal medicine.
The highest quality Chinese herb mixtures applied to the face may have over twelve different herbs. Sometimes I find it necessary to apply a combination of specialized herbs to one part of the face and a different formulation of herbs to another. Gentle exfoliation is done with high-quality organic oats, herbs and fruit enzyme extracts.
In my treatments, after a gentle exfoliation, facial acupuncture or herbal treatment, a customized facial infusion or skin serum with anti-aging herbal powder is used, in conjunction with several high-grade Chinese herbs. A hot towel is applied to enhance the absorption of the serums and powders. This creates a warm and soothing sensation to the face, which most patients really enjoy. The most advanced micro current technique enables my herbal facial infusions to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. These herbs, proteins, vitamins and herbal complexes promote a glowing skin tone. Patients often report their skin feels more alive and youthful after treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
For moderately aged patients, monthly treatments may be sufficient for maintaining a more youthful look. To achieve optimal results for aged skin, 10-12 treatments are suggested, once weekly or every other week, with a monthly maintenance program thereafter.
To look your best and feel more relaxed for a special event, such as a wedding, reunion or anniversary, I recommend beginning treatment one month prior to the occasion. Even one treatment close to the event can work wonders.
Other Skin Conditions that Improve with Facial Acupuncture and Herbs
Acne is a skin condition comprised of bumps and inflammation due to clogged pores, hormonal imbalances resulting in overactive oil glands, genetics, medication, food allergies, too much fried, fatty foods and excessive sweets, and use of poor-quality skin-care products.
Rosacea is a skin condition causing swelling, inflammation and redness on the face due to genetics, excessive alcohol consumption or sun and wind exposure, or chemicals in soaps and cleansers. I see many patients with this condition, and I am proud to say that they have had significant improvement from my treatments. Special herbs are given to use nightly for this condition.
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Hyper pigmentation is a skin condition caused by the overproduction of pigment or melanin resulting in a darkening of the skin. It is relatively common, but for cosmetic reasons, most patients are trying to hide the condition. Sun exposure stimulates the production of melanin; therefore I recommend a mineral sun block with a lightening herbal treatment under the sun block.
Other skin conditions that respond well to facial acupuncture and herbs include: dry skin, eczema, itching, psoriasis, rashes, fungus, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
A Note on Plastic Surgery
If you do opt for plastic surgery, acupuncture can enhance the results and reduce the swelling as long as the surgery is without complications. I have worked with many patients who have had severe eye and nose swelling and pain after plastic surgery and have sought microcurrent to relieve those symptoms. The results have been profound.
Facial acupuncture is significantly less invasive than plastic surgery and has no known side effects or risk of disfigurement. There is no extended recovery time or swelling and discoloration, although occasionally some temporary bruising may occur.
Facial rejuvenation with acupuncture and Chinese medicine truly works wonders, offering whole-body vibrance from within, that reflects beautifully on the face. The treatment itself calms the patient into a deep state of relaxation, and this is where I believe rejuvenation and healing occurs.