Since the body, mind and spirit are all connected, emotions reflective of degenerative health conditions are reflected in the face and they can change the appearance of skin texture, color and tension. Facial acupuncture with use of needles/laser technology is a safe and relatively painless, non-surgical method of reducing these signs of aging. Though it can sometimes be referred to as an acupuncture facelift or cosmetic acupuncture, it is much more than that. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture was originally developed for patients with paralyzed muscles from Bell’s palsy or stroke. The result of treatment was so cosmetically pronounced over time that it was transformed into a program for anti-aging and beauty.
There are two aspects to its benefits: One is the benefit of ‘local’ treatment and one is the benefit of ‘root’ treatment. Local treatment directly addresses facial aging symptoms while root treatment treats the underlying cause of facial symptoms such as hormonal balance, digestive problems or emotional stress. If both local and root treatments are performed in each session this provides the best and the longest lasting benefits. The strengthening of the immune system in this way provides prevention against disease, which ages us prematurely.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture may erase as many as five to 10 years from the face, with results apparent after a course of treatments. Fine lines may be eliminated and wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other likely results 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; improvement of hormonal balance to help acne; and the reduction of stress. This brings out the innate beauty and radiance of an individual.
While it does not produce the dramatic results of some of invasive procedures, it does help the face look younger, healthier and more radiant without dangerous side effects. Facial acupuncture/laser is much more effective than facial massage alone. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. These effects included: the skin becoming delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and leveling of wrinkles, a more balanced complexion, and overall rejuvenation which positively affects the whole body and spirit.
Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is insignificant trauma from facial rejuvenation acupuncture. While acupuncture cannot reshape one’s nose or chin, it is a more subtle rejuvenation that takes years off one’s face safely and naturally while improving overall health.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is contraindicated for some pituitary disorders, heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, individuals who have a pacemaker or who have a problem with bleeding or bruising, or who currently suffer from migraine headaches. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture should not be done during pregnancy, during a bout with a cold or flu, during an allergic attack or during an acute herpes outbreak.
Acupuncture/laser can eliminate stress and bring out your innate strength, vitality and health. You will not only look younger but feel younger inside.
We wish all a progressive and Happy New Year.
Dr. Sterling Desmond & Rea Ciera live happily in the Comox Valley. Dr. Desmond has extensive experience in Natural Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy and Counseling. Since childhood both have been involved with intuitive practices.