Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced in China for over 3000 years, and acupuncture, including cosmetic or facial rejuvenation acupuncture is an integral part of this practice. TCM believes that when working on beauty it is important to work from the inside out, improving the circulation, ability to absorb nutrients or skin quality by working on the internal organs and systems.
Zones of the face also relate to different emotions and organs in TCM for example worry and over-thinking cause lines on the forehead, hormonal issues often cause issues around the mouth and chin. Dry can lips relate to stomach issues. Reading the face using TCM theory can help your acupuncturist correct the underlying imbalances.
Cosmetic acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the face and neck in order to help defy ageing naturally.
Why try Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture has been featured on Channel 4 TV series such as ’10 Years Younger’ and ‘How Not to Get Old’. Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment will concentrate on points and muscles of the face in order to improve elasticity of your skin and general overall appearance.
The needles are so fine that many patients barely feel them and most feel deeply relaxed during a treatment.
Unlike BOTOX®, which carries a large number of possible side effects, Cosmetic Acupuncture is a totally natural and holistic treatment that aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or improve blemishes.
Acupuncture is incredibly popular with patients for its ability to target the whole person and improve wellbeing.
Nicola our acupuncturist is a registered and insured acupuncturist who qualified from Shu-Lan college of Chinese Medicine after an intensive 2 year acupuncture course. She underwent extensive further one-on-one cosmetic acupuncture training with Dr Jess before joining the Natural Doctor’s team. She is experienced at facial acupuncture and uses this in conjunction with body points to address any imbalances. The video below is a good overview, although the needles can look painful, they are very fine and most patients barely feel them.
Cosmetic Acupuncture often requires a course of 10 sessions to show pronounced results. The whole face is treated with focus on any areas you are unhappy with. Body points are also used, to improve health and wellbeing. Cosmetic acupuncture patients often report that they feel healthier, sleep better, have brighter eyes, a natural flush in their cheeks and feel more balanced.
Acupuncture is also traditionally used to work on lifting the face, particularly where the face begins to sag around the ‘jowls’ and the cheek area, rather than simply just targeting wrinkles.
Studies published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture in 1996 showed that of 300 people who received Facial Acupuncture, 90% demonstrated marked results after only their first treatment.
Over a course of treatments you can not only expect to be looking more radiant, but also to feel more at balance and happy in yourself.
ACTRESS LUCY LIU