The theory behind acupuncture, as in all traditional Chinese medicine, is that health results from a harmonious balance between the complementary extremes, or yin and yang, of the life force known as qi (pronounced chee).
Qi is believed to flow through pathways called meridians in your body. These meridians, and the energy itself, are accessible through more than 350 acupuncture points. Because illness may result from an imbalance of these forces, the insertion of needles into targeted points in various combinations can rebalance your energy flow.
The Western approach to acupuncture incorporates modern concepts of neuroscience. Practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Such stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.
Traditional acupuncture may also be used cosmetically as a non-invasive, non-traumatic alternative to surgery called Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered that the face holds important acupuncture points. Many meridians begin or end in the face while others have internal branches that do so.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging by accessing these meridians. Sometimes referred to as an Acupuncture Facelift, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. A rejuvenation and revitalization process is designed to help the whole body look and feel younger.
Treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs along meridians of qi. Specific points are chosen to manipulate the movement of energy in the body according to the individual’s needs.
Practitioners of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture know how to specifically improve the appearance of the face while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is designed to enhance your innate beauty and radiance with results apparent after just a few treatments.
Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized.
Additional benefits include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improved hormonal balance to help acne; and reduction of stress evident in the face.
Such results may help erase as many as five to fifteen years from your face.
Anyone wishing to look and feel younger while also slowing down the aging process can benefit from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. The decision to begin treatment may be professionally or personally inspired or a combination of both.
Different methods are emphasized and specific points stimulated according to how each individual is aging. A person with excess puffiness, for example, would require a different treatment than someone with dry skin. In keeping with the foundation of holistic medicine, the whole person is treated and evaluated on the body-mind continuum.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture frequently involves 12 treatments with effects becoming most noticeable and lasting on or about the seventh session. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. Maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five to ten years and it is often recommended to supplement a facial rejuvenation program with facial self-massage and/or acupressure, herbal and nutritional supplements, pure and authentic aromatherapy blends for the skin, and a healthy diet.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of conditions for nearly 5,000 years. Having proven itself with billions of people, it has survived the test of time. The use of acupuncture in cosmetology—particularly in preventing and reducing wrinkles—is gaining popularity world-wide.
A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had visible effects with one course of treatment. The results included: improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles; levelling of wrinkles; brighter complexion; more delicate, fair skin; and overall rejuvenation not confined to the face.
The effectiveness of acupuncture results from its direct manipulation of the body’s energy system to restore balance, remove blockages, or add energy when necessary.
For thousands of years, the Chinese have known that beauty comes from within. As early as the Sung Dynasty, (960AD-1270AD) acupuncture rejuvenation was practiced on both the Empress and the Emperor’s concubines. The Chinese discovered and utilized ways to change the energy flow within the body to initiate the healing process specifically for rejuvenation.
According to a famous Chinese axiom, “Where qi goes, blood flows”. Those unfamiliar with the principles of Chinese medicine may be aware of western thinking that increased circulation helps the body to look and feel better.
Addressing the underlying processes of aging is preferable to masking the outward signs and allowing further decline to continue within the body. While not a replacement for surgery, rejuvenation is an excellent alternative. It is far less expensive than cosmetic surgery and is safe, effectively painless, and without side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is no trauma from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. It cannot reshape a nose or chin, but can help create a younger looking face safely and naturally while improving overall health.
Dr. Caversan will perform a complete assessment of your health prior to all treatments. Pregnant women or those suffering from a cold, flu or allergies should postpone treatment. Additionally, pituitary and heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, pacemakers, problems with bleeding or bruising, and migraine headaches may be contraindications for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
This treatment should be performed by a licensed Acupuncturist or Naturopathic Doctor with specialized training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
A Non-Invasive and Non-Traumatic Cosmetic Rejuvenation Alternative
If creams and fillers aren’t your thing, perhaps a more natural approach to slowing down the aging process is in order. According to Toronto-based naturopathic doctor Amauri Caversan, Canadians are warming up to the idea of using the ancient technique of acupuncture to deal with sagging skin, wrinkles and lacklustre complexions.
“I find that a lot of my patients want to experience cosmetic acupuncture,” he says. “They don’t want facelifts because they’re very intrusive and recuperation time is really long and causes a lot of trauma to the skin. They want to stay looking younger for as long as possible.”
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a tailored treatment that works on the same principals as traditional acupuncture, where hair thin needles are inserted into the skin to help balance the flow of energy, or Qi. The needles also stimulate collagen production, increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face, tighten facial muscles and improve hormonal balance with few to no side effects.
The outcome might not be as dramatic as a traditional facelift, but the subtle, natural-looking results last for two to five years with minimal maintenance.
Author: Ricky Zayshley, Fashion Quarterly Magazine
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