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Frowning on the use of Botox (because I can)

What I mean is that since I haven’t had Botox, I can still furrow my brow and let the expressions out of my face. I don’t condemn or judge anyone for using Botox or having cosmetic surgery..I feel everyone should make the choices that are best for them. I’m merely suggesting that you read Siri Carpenter’s Los Angeles Times article and consider what your are giving up by shunting the emotional connection between your face and brain.

I have been treating patients with acupuncture for over 10 years. In my experience, most facial lines and creases are the result of our thoughts and expressions. As we proceed through time, these “character” lines get locked in our facial musculature which in turn etch their way into our skin. Acupuncture provides one of the most powerful tools to naturally release the negative emotions that contribute an aged face. This is my favorite part of acupuncture. Acupuncture won’t delete your feelings or take anything away from you. Emotions are part of the human condition. It simply opens the doors through your meridians so that the toxic build up of grief, sadness, anger and rage, may gently float out when you are ready.

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What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?


FR imageAs summer fades and we get closer to the holiday season, I have received several inquires this week about facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Below is an article I wrote for the Fall 2005 print edition of The Senior Guidebook.

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Used as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD), Facial Rejuvenation 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?

Facial Rejuvenation 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 Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture over cosmetic surgery?

Facial Rejuvenation 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.

Facial Rejuvenation 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.

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Personal Care: A ‘Natural’ Face Lift?

Acupuncture has been touted as a less-invasive alternative to traditional facelifts. While I personally believe that procedures attempting to halt or deny the aging process can be roadblocks to aging gracefully, facial acupuncture does offer a safer approach than surgery and is free of the side effects of therapies such as Botox injections. It may also have psychological benefits – patients may feel relaxed as a side-effect of the acupuncture.

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Acupuncture and the Senior Patient

One of the benefits of acupuncture is that when it comes to treating your health issues, your chronological age is irrelevant. While people tend to have more health issues as they progress through time, we all age differently. In my practice I’ve seen 80 year olds with a health picture that suggests they’re 40, and vice versa. When you visit your acupuncturist, they will take special care to address your specific health issues and keep you comfortable during your treatment. For example if you have difficulty breathing while lying down, let your acupuncturist know so they can adjust the treatment table or administer treatment in a chair.

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