Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture: A Holistic Approach to Beauty

Facial Rejuvenation

For those wanting a safe, natural alternative to conventional beauty treatments, this ancient practice has stood the test of time.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, sometimes called an “Acupuncture Facelift," is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, wherein internal balance is reflected on the outside appearance. Historically, these treatments were used by the Empress and the Emperor’s concubines in China to keep themselves youthful and radiant. Today, facial rejuvenation acupuncture is gaining a lot of popularity with those wanting to take years off their face, without the risks of more invasive treatments.

A facial rejuvenation acupuncture series addresses all aspects of the individual’s health and beauty. On the surface, it improves facial tone by stimulating the muscles of the face and reestablishing firmness. This can improve the look of a sagging jaw line, naso-labial folds, drooping eyelids and can redefine cheekbones. Acupuncture also stimulates circulation in the face, improving facial color, under eye bags or circles, and a flushed face. By stimulating collagen production, individual lines and wrinkles are diminished. Acupuncture affects the endocrine system and balances hormones which will improve problems pertaining to the skin such as acne, oily skin, and dry skin.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture includes a whole body treatment. The aim of the series is not only to resolve problems at the surface, but also to address the internal imbalance that is causing the problem at the root.  For example, in Chinese Medicine, a lack of tone in facial muscles can be due to a weakness in the internal organ system relating to the spleen. Therefore, in addition to stimulating the facial muscles themselves, the practitioner will also strengthen the system at its root, so that sagging is less likely to recur. This whole body approach to rejuvenation provides lasting results and many report that they not only start looking better, but also feel better, sleep better, have improved digestion and are relieved of aches and pains. 

A facial rejuvenation series consists of 10-12 weekly or bi-weekly treatments. During the first few sessions, one will begin to see a brightening of the complexion. By about the 6th or 7th session an improvement in facial tone and diminishing of lines becomes more apparent. The results are not as dramatic as a surgical facelift. Rather, the changes are gradual over the course of several weeks. By the end of a series, the face is lifted and bright, wrinkles are diminished, and facial tone and color are markedly improved. Results like these were confirmed by a study published in the Journal of Clinical Acupuncture in which 300 individuals completed a full facial acupuncture series. 90% of the participants concluded with noticeable improvements in their skin. Monthly maintenance sessions are recommended to keep results lasting for years.

Those with conditions such as high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, acute infections and pregnancy are are not ideal candidates for facial rejuvenation acupuncture. A practitioner will pre-screen all potential patients to make sure they are good candidates for the series.

6 Natural Cures and Prevention Tips for Hangovers

If your last night out or dinner party turned out to be a little too festive, you might have found yourself wondering, “how can I get rid of this hangover?”  Or better yet, prevent one from happening in the first place.

Obviously, moderation is the best prevention, but some people find themselves a bit over-served, while others are just sensitive to alcohol and can feel poorly with as little as 1-2 drinks.

But, there are many things you can do when getting ready for your night out that can counter the ill effects of alcohol and leave you waking refreshed and ready to go the next day.

1) Choose your “pre-game” snack wisely.  Many people think that eating carbs somehow “absorbs” alcohol, but this is not so.   Instead, you want to have some proteins and healthy fats to slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.

Go ahead and have the sliders (no bun!) with avocado or some wings!

2) Anti-oxidants.  They help prevent the free radical damage to the cells that account for feeling ill after drinking.  Take antioxidants before and during the evening, such as:

-Vitamin C (500 mg capsule)

-Vitamin B  (especially B1, Thiamine- 100 mg capsule)

-NAC (N-Acetyl Cystine- 600 mg capsule)

3) Hydrate with electrolytes.  We all know that water will help to dilute the alcohol as it enters the bloodstream as well as counter the dehydrating effects of alcohol.  However, the electrolytes that are lost are a big part of dehydration.  Starting the night off with some coconut water and drinking it throughout the evening will counter this.  (In a pinch, you could also try Gatorade or Pedialyte.)

4) Drink clear alcohol.  In general, Clear beverages such as Vodka process a bit more cleanly.  Having mixers that don’t contain sugar will also help, so choose the Vodka with Soda Water instead of the Mai Tai.

5) Chinese herbs to the rescue!  There are 2 famous formulas that are commonly prescribed in the event that one has over indulged in food or drinks.  They are available over the counter or from your local herbalist.  We try to keep these on hand at the office.  You may take them during the evening or at the end of the night before bed. 

- Bao He Wan (Preserve Harmony Pill)

- Kang Ning Wan (Curing Pills, or Healthy Peaceful Pills)

6) Activated Charcoal. This “mops up” the toxicity of the alcohol, preventing it from wreaking havoc systemically. It can be taken during the course of the evening or at the end of it before bed. However, it should be noted that it will also "mop up” or counter other supplements and should be taken at least 2 hours away from supplements and medications. So, if you are including anti-oxidants or Chinese herbs in your prevention during the evening, then it is recommended to wait until the end of the night to take the charcoal capsules.

Even employing a few of these tips will keep your Sundays productive after a Saturday night out.

This Holiday Spice Turns your Food into Medicine

Cinnamon!  It's not just for pumpkin pie and coffee cake. This spice has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years for it's many healing properties.  It is a primary ingredient in hundreds of herbal formulas that treat everything from upset stomach to insomnia.

According to the Materia Medica, it's physiological actions include: promoting circulation, warming the body and extremities, generating fluids and moistening dryness, warming the blood, unblocking a stifling sensation in the chest and together with other herbs, it can improve your resistance to seasonal illness.

Some of cinnamon's most often medicinal uses are for:

  • The common cold
  • Joint pain, arthritis
  • Chest pain and palpitations
  • Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting
  • Painful periods or lack of periods
  • Anxiety
  • Poor circulation
  • Hot flashes, spontaneous sweating

So use Cinnamon freely this holiday season- it will warm you from the inside!

Try making some Chai Tea at home: 

1. Combine: cinnamon sticks, cloves, black peppercorns, sliced ginger and cardamom. 

2. Add water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes. 

3. Remove from heat and steep 2 black tea bags for 4-5 minutes.  

4. Stir in some sugar and milk (can also use an alternate milk of your choice.) 

5. Then strain and enjoy!