There’s a reason the ancient art of Chinese acupuncture has stood the test of time. Acupuncture is used to treat everything from infertility to migraines to addiction. The reason acupuncture is so effective for such a wide variety of ailments and conditions is that it takes a holistic approach to healing, considering not just the patient’s body, but her mind and soul as well. Recently, acupuncture’s holistic approach to healing has been gaining popularity amongst those looking for rejuvenation. Unlike the costs, pains, and risks associated with solutions such as plastic surgery, facial rejuvenation acupuncture takes a more gradual, gentler approach to helping the body look and feel younger.
Based on the principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a trained acupuncturist will insert approximately 40 hair-thin needles into specific locations on your face, ears, neck, hands and even your feet, according to the body’s reflexology points. In this way, the needles stimulate your body to produce more collagen and elastic, making your skin look “plumper”. This brand of acupuncture is not intended to replace or even completely replicate the effects of a facelift, but instead offers a safe, less extreme alternative. For the best results, patients will have between 10 and 12 sessions, 1 to 3 times a week, each of which lasts 60 to 90 minutes. Most patients profess noticing the difference at about the 7th session.
Acupuncturists and patients claim a long list of benefits to the practice, such as improved muscle tone, less puffiness and fine lines, controlled acne, lifted eyelids, reduced bags under the eyes, and overall tighter, softer skin with a more radiant glow. Even after the course of 10 to 12 sessions, many patients continue with sporadic “maintenance” sessions to reap facial rejuvenation acupuncture’s benefits for years to come. Proponents of “cosmetic” acupuncture, or as some call it, the “AcuFacial”, say they look five to ten years younger. As New York area acupuncturist Shellie Goldstein explains, “We are taking your face to the gym – we’re exercising it. We have muscles in our body, we have muscles in our face – there is no other procedure that actually exercises the muscles and improves circulation in your skin.”
To search out AcuFacial or facial rejuvenation acupuncture in your area, make sure to seek out a licensed acupuncturist. You can check out the National Certification Commission for more info and find a trusted practitioner here.
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