As summer fades and we get closer to the holiday season, I have received several inquires this week about cosmetic acupuncture. Below is an article I wrote for the Fall 2005 print edition of The Senior Guidebook.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Used as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD), Cosmetic Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process and renewing the body from within. More than just a cosmetic procedure, the rejuvenation process helps the whole body look and feel better. A gentle, soothing facial massage follows the treatment.
How does it work?
The body is comprised of a network of energy pathways called meridians. Qi (chee) is the life force that travels along these meridian pathways. Thin needles are gently inserted into specific areas of your face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs along the meridians. Specific points are chosen to balance the movement of energy in the body according to your individual needs. This treatment improves the facial appearance while simultaneously treating the underlying factors contributing to the aging process.
What can be achieved by treatment?
Cosmetic Acupuncture may eliminate as many as five to fifteen years from the face. The cumulative stress, tension and emotions held in the face and body are released.
What is the course of treatment?
The series consists of 10-12 treatments. The first 8 treatments are administered twice per week followed by a weekly frequency for the remainder of the course. The effects become most noticeable and lasting around the seventh session. Each individual responds differently depending on his or her constitution and lifestyle. After the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results for 5-10 years. Recommendations for at home care such as facial massage, exercise, meditation and a healthy diet are tailored to the individual’s lifestyle.
Does it really work?
Acupuncture has been treating and preventing illnesses for thousands of years. The efficacy of acupuncture is due to its direct effect on balancing the body’s energy system. 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.
Why should I choose Cosmetic Acupuncture over cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetci Acupuncture is a holistic alternative to cosmetic surgery. It costs far less than cosmetic surgery and is safe, virtually painless, has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. No extended recovery time is necessary and there is no trauma, swelling or discoloration from the treatments. It is a natural way to refresh your appearance while enhancing your total health and well being.
Cosmetic Acupuncture can help:
§Improve firmness of the neck and face
§Eliminate puffiness around the eyes
§Reduce fine lines and diminish deeper wrinkles
§Increase collagen production and cell renewal
§Improve hormonal balance
§Improve facial color and circulation
§Reduce stress signs in the face
§Bring out person’s natural beauty
§Slow the aging process from within
§Increase your overall energy and well being.