The idea of using acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for beauty has been around almost as long as Chinese Medicine itself. Here in the U.S. it has been gaining popularity in recent years as an alternative to injections and surgery. While the results may not be as drastic, this may be exactly what many men and women would rather – a more naturally youthful appearance.
Cosmetic acupuncture is more than skin deep. While there are in fact very fine facial acupuncture needles used during the procedure, needles will also be strategically inserted over different areas of the body to address a person’s general state of health. The local stimulation provided by the facial acupuncture needles is of course important to achieving the desired results. It improves local blood circulation which serves to nourish the skin and improve the complexion. And the micro-trauma caused by the needles stimulates fibroblasts (skin cells) to produce collagen and elastin which improves skin tone and elasticity. These results are then amplified by the systemic improvements that acupuncture and herbal medicine provide. Some of these benefits include stress reduction, improved digestion, hormone balance, better sleep, and increased energy.
A recommended course of treatment includes ten acupuncture sessions, either twice weekly for five weeks or once a week for ten weeks. Thereafter, maintenance treatments are necessary to maintain and possibly even improve upon the results. These may be monthly, quarterly, or spaced out even longer depending on age as well as condition at the outset of treatment. Many people are beginning treatment as early as their mid-thirties or early forties to prevent any accelerated aging that may be beginning to show in their face. People beginning cosmetic acupuncture in their fifties and sixties still see noticeable results. Benefits of facial rejuvenation using Chinese Medicine include minimizing or eliminating fine lines, softening of deep wrinkles, a gentle lift to sagging skin, the diminishment of age and sun spots, clearing of redness or irritated skin, reduced puffiness under brighter eyes, and what may be best described as a healthy glow.