Facial acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture has been a part of Chinese Medicine for ages. (Pun intended.) In fact, Mei Zhen, as it’s called, was first used by the Sung Dynasty empress around 960-1279 AD.
The good news? You don’t have to be an empress (or emperor) to experience the full range of effects acupuncture can offer to keep that youthful appearance.
Whether you’re hoping to tighten those crows feet laugh lines, clear up acne, or overall slow down premature aging and wrinkles, acupuncture can offer a natural method that treats the entire body, not just your profile.
The Anti-Aging Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been known as a wonderful skincare “face-lift” regime. But it’s more than that. Not only can it tighten our skin, but it can also stimulate hair growth in men and women premature baldness and so much more, such as:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Tighten sagging skin
- Brighten dull skin tones
- Diminish dark spots
- Stimulate hair growth
- Clear up skin conditions
- Improves cognitive function
As you can see, it’s not simply about appearing younger. Acupuncture can reduce certain skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema that some people have dealt with their entire lives, even as young adults. It can even improve our brain’s ability to function, which has been known to keep certain conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay.
How Does Acupuncture Work as an Anti-aging Regimen?
Acupuncture and moxibustion can combat the naturally-occurring causes of skin damage, such as our cell’s oxidation process that results in free radicals as well as the decrease in our bodies collagen levels that cause our skin’s elasticity to weaken.
Essentially, acupuncture and moxibustion work to rejuvenate our cells to fight off free radicals, which help to reverse things like brown spots and lines caused by the sun’s UV rays. These treatments have also helped to stimulate our collagen production and blood flow by piercing the skin with needles, sending signals to our bodies to basically wake up.
Besides our physical appearance, these treatments have been known to improve our mental health as well. And as we age, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are a real concern.
Acupuncture as a Safer Alternative
Unlike many other treatments, acupuncture is non-surgical and painless. But most especially, it does not contain toxins or added chemicals like anti-aging skincare creams, or disrupt our hormones like that of acne medication treatments and prescriptions.
It’s also an amazingly natural and holistic alternative to, say, Botox, and far less opulent than spreading on a 24-carat gold face mask. Not to mention it’s safer than going under the knife for a nip and tuck.
The Treatment Procedure
Because acupuncture is meant to reset the entire body, a full-body acupuncture treatment is recommended by most physicians before undergoing any type of facial acupuncture.
One reason is to simply put your internal hormones back in balance and detoxify the body. Remember as a teen how you got acne after eating a greasy pizza? You may not eat nearly as many slices now, but your adult body still has to fight off other types of toxins in its system. And acupuncture does just that. It’s a treatment for the body as a whole, not just your lovely face.
Another reason for this is that, otherwise, you could spend too much energy to the facial nerves, which could induce a headache or simply send too much blood flow to the area, negating the purpose of a relaxing “spa day.”
Give Your Cells a Boost
As our bodies age, our cells do too. It’s an unstoppable fact of life.
But with a bit of acupuncture, you can give your body some preventive maintenance, if you will, and curb the aging process into a much slower one.
Call Naturna to discuss exactly what you’re looking for in an anti-aging system. We’ve got the best natural methods to bring back that glow already inside of you.
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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog.