Constitutional Facial Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective treatment for renewing the face as well as the whole body. Fine needles are placed at a variety of acupuncture points on the face, neck and around the eyes to stimulate the body's natural energies, or Qi. Since muscle groups are addressed as well the acupuncture points, the face lifts itself, via the acupuncture points, through the muscles' toning and tightening action. The needles also stimulate blood and circulation, which improves facial colour.
Benefits can provide short term relief for:
Acne (caused by hormonal imbalance)
Helps menopause, perimenopause, PMS and other GYN issues
Helps sinus congestion and headacheHyper- and hypothyroidism
Symptoms of toothache, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, and Bell's palsy
Headaches (except severe migraine)
Diarrhea and constipation (most digestive issues)
Edema and puffinessBenefits eyes, ears and brain
Insomnia and dizziness
Depression and aids self-esteem
Improves collagen production and muscle tone
Helps reduce bags and sagging tendencies
Helps eliminate fine lines and diminish larger wrinkles
Helps reduce double chin and lift drooping eyelidsImproves metabolism
Tightens pores and brightens eyesIncreases local blood and lymph circulation
Improves facial color
Reduces stress and promotes total health and well-being
Is Facial Acupuncture for Everyone?
It would probably be more instructive to list the few contraindications for facial acupuncture, because, for the vast majority of prospective clients, it is a safe and beneficial treatment, not only for prevention of wrinkles, but also the reversal of the customary signs of aging.
1. Severe high blood pressure (it is OK when the blood pressure is under control and the patient is seeing a medical doctor)
2. Severe migraines (if the patient is having a migraine only once every three months or so, they can receive facial acupuncture treatments)
3. Be aware that it takes a patient three weeks to recover from laser resurfacing on the face. Do not needle during that time; wait a week after microdermabrasion.
Do not perform during:
pregnancy;colds or flu;
acute herpes outbreak; or
acute allergic reactions
In the latter three instances, once the condition has passed, the patient may receive a facial acupuncture treatment.
How Long is the Treatment?
Constitutional Facial Acupuncture involves the patient in an organic process, in which a series of treatments is necessary to achieve maximal effect. After an initial session, practitioner evaluates the patient's response, and then can determine the number of follow-up visits that will be required:
After this evaluation, and taking into consideration other variables such as stress, diet, lifestyle, genetic inheritance, proper digestion and elimination, sleep, emotional balance, and age, the following durations of treatment are customarily recommended:
Usually 12-15 treatments;
20 treatments for smokers or people whose skin tends to sag, i.e., who manifest jowls, "turkey wattles," droopy eyes, etc.
It should be noted that age is not as crucial as might be estimated; an older patient with a healthy lifestyle may in fact have a better prognosis than a younger person who is prone to dissipate themselves.
Two times a week (if possible), for 45 minutes to 1 hour; or
One treatment per week, 90 minutes
Within the normal parameters of aging, the completion of a series of treatments should be effective. To ensure the persistence of the results, ongoing maintenance treatments are recommended:
Every two weeks for two months following the completion of a treatment series, then once a month for an indefinite amount of time;
Of course, the patient can also embark upon a subsequent series after a week's respite
The Use of Chinese Herbs
The Constitutional Facial Acupuncture treatment protocol can incorporate Chinese herbal masks, poultices and moisturizers. Jade rollers, which enhance blood circulation, remove fine lines and age spots, and prevent premature aging, are used to massage moisturizer into the skin. The ancient empresses of China used jade as a precious stone to be worn, not only around their necks, but also to attract yin and nourishment into their skin. The stone served a double purpose of promoting beauty and for magical protection.
Short and Long-Term Effects of Facial Acupuncture
After the first treatment, one usually observes an increased glow to the complexion, the result of increased Qi and blood flow to the face. The person's face appears more "open", there is a clarity in the eyes ("clear Shen"), and the patient appears to be more rested; wrinkles start to lessen and the skin appears more toned.
A significant difference in their appearance can be ascertained following the 5th to 7th treatments; even more marked changes in wrinkles, skin tone, etc. The impression of relaxation and calm is more pronounced; they appear as if they have returned from vacation. Lifting of the jowls, neck and the eyes has begun and is usually noticeable. With continuing treatment, constitutional issues like digestive complaints have been ameliorated or subsided.
By the end of a series, the patient can look and feel younger. These results may vary slightly, depending upon how well the patient has taken care of themselves during the process, and afterward. At this stage, booster treatments provide ongoing support within a normal process of aging.
Constitutional Facial Acupuncture is non-invasive, less costly than surgical procedures, and draws upon the ancient Chinese wisdom related to longevity, beauty and balance.