Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body.
By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow. – Mayo Clinic
You may try acupuncture for symptomatic relief of a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Labor pain
- Low back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Dental pain
- Tennis elbow
A traditional Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medicinal procedures in the world. In fact, acupuncture has become an increasingly popular way of regulating a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature. What’s more, this ancient Chinese medicine is also becoming a desirable remedy for those wishing to find a more natural way to fight the signs of aging.
Reportedly used by such celebrities as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, cosmetic acupuncture – also known as facial acupuncture – is fast becoming an alternative to the invasive wrinkle-fighting procedures being offered on the plastic surgery market, such as facelifts and botox.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Facial or cosmetic acupuncture is a technique that involves the use of pin-like needles that are inserted into various acupuncture points on the face (such as wrinkles or frown lines). The stimulation brought on by the needles is meant to make blood rush to the face, causing it to become flushed. This is because facial acupuncture actually promotes the development of new collagen fibers under already-present wrinkles, in effect filing them in; making them appear less visible.
After several sessions the eyes will begin to brighten, skill will become firmer, and lips will become plumper. It also is used to remedy blemished skin.
What and Who is it Recommended for?
It is generally recommended for just about anyone looking to reduce the signs of aging. In fact, it can take up to five to ten years off the look of your skin.
In addition to aiding in the elimination of fine lines, dark circles, and puffy eyes, cosmetic acupunctures has also been touted for the following benefits:
- Tightening of drooping eyelids
- More relaxed muscle tone
- Better circulation, leading to increased oxygenation of the skin
- Increased collagen production
- Less visible pores
- More controlled acne
- Moisturizing skin from inside, producing the appearance of healthier skin by giving rosy cheeks to those with dull, tired-looking skin