The Chinese Medicine “bible” – The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic – discusses the combined application of acupuncture, herbs, and food for a rejuvenated life, hence a more vibrant face and body.
Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation can be traced back as far as 2000 years ago. The Chinese Medicine “bible” – The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic – discusses the combined application of acupuncture, herbs, and food for a rejuvenated life, hence a more vibrant face and body. All acupuncture treatments, whether for the face or body, are based on the theory of the channel system. The entire internal organ system is interconnected with the superficial body system, forming a type of network that runs our bodies. The entire channel system converges in the face, so the proper functioning of the body channel system directly affects facial beauty and the aging process.
How does it work??
Hair thin needles are gently inserted into specific points on the face to facilitate the movement of blood and stimulate the production of collagen. This, in turn, nourishes, hydrates, tones, and reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles. Additionally, specialized frequency-specific electrically stimulated needles improve skin elasticity as well as help tone facial muscles.
What Channels are we working to balance the internal body condition?
The Stomach Channel
It actively promotes skin healing of the face. It has the most local points distributed on the face. It treats digestive conditions, face, head, neck, nose, mouth, and weight problems. Points from this channel treat dull complexion, facial discolorations, age spots, wrinkles, sagging, eye bags, and puffiness.
The Large Intestine Channel
This channel expels toxins from the body, which is directly related to the healthy condition of the skin. Many points from this channel treat conditions of the head, face, skin as well as weight loss.
The Spleen Channel
Located in the center of the body, its functions of transportation and transformation are crucial for healthy and beautiful skin. It transforms dampness, firms and lifts skin and muscles, improves dull complexion and rough skin.
The Kidney Channel
This channel rules the reproductive system, growth, and aging. This channel regulates water metabolism and water distribution and governs the bones and marrow. Many points on this channel can treat dark and or age spots, facial discolorations, dark eye circles, and wrinkles due to aging.
The Liver Channel
The Liver Channel opens to the eyes and rules the blood. Many points on this channel are used to soothe liver qi stagnation, therefore treating facial discoloration, dark spots, dry skin, and lusterless complexion.
Customized to You
Each Facial Rejuvenation treatment is custom to each individual based on their constitution. Through some observation and questioning, we can come up with a treatment plan. A typical course is about 10 sessions, and usually a minimum of 3. Each treatment can be enhanced with a facial massage, a hydrating face mask, along with some suggested dietary and herbal remedies. It can also complement any skin care regimen you might be doing now.
The following treatment results can be expected:
- Elimination of some wrinkles and/or a decrease in the wrinkle department
- Increase of facial muscle tone
- Livelier appearance of eyes
- Improved skin texture, including tighter pores
Please feel free to pop into the spa if you have any questions or concerns about facial acupuncture, I would be more than happy to talk more about it.
About the Author
Maria Hogan is a licensed Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the New York College of Health Professions, where she currently is a Professor and Supervisor to students in the Massage Clinic.