Skin Health and Anti-Aging

In our last discussion about skin health, I mentioned how Acupuncture or Acupuressure can be performed on the face and body to detoxify, increase local circulation, and stimulate collagen and elastin. This in turn helps to fill out lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy complexion. Our muscles become deflated with age, losing their moisture— like a dry sponge. Acupuncture restores the natural internal irrigation so the ‘sponge’ is plumped up again and wrinkles disappear. And the needles are so thin that they  are generally painless.

When we start to transform the face, we approach it locally and systemically.  We would treat the points for any off-balance organs (i.e. kidneys, liver) that leave traces on the face such as bags or lines. Then treatment might also include addressing facial muscles directly because the electro-stimulation of the skin’s underlying muscle tissue re-establishes the normal electric charge/discharge cycle. This enlivens the tissue. Some muscles are too charged up and in spasm; others are flaccid. We want to firm up and smooth them all. Finally, nerves and fluids are freed up and can circulate easily as they did in youth. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include more moisturized, softer skin, improved elasticity, skin tone, and overall rejuvenation. For true anti-aging, we don’t just LOOK better—we actually ARE better—as the skin functions better in its job to eliminate toxins. How wonderful that age can bring wisdom AND renewed beauty!

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