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Acupuncture for Ageless Skin

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Everywhere you look there is a new trend in skin care.  Retinol, peptides, lasers, peels, fillers, neurotoxins, and countless other modalities which promise to be answer to aging skin flood the market each year.  Many of these are effective, some are safe, and others have risks involved.  However, they all have two things in common, they only work on the area of the skin which they treat, and they are not specific to the individual receiving the treatment.

Recently cosmetic acupuncture has been getting a lot of media attention. Celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore all have used Facial Acupuncture to maintain and improve their appearances.  More and more popular magazines such as Vogue are featuring articles on acupuncture facial rejuvenation.

Facial Acupuncture represents a safe and natural method to promote youthfulness and enhance natural beauty. For stars, the ability to express themselves through their face is vital; however, many popular procedures such as Botox injections can make it impossible to frown or make other expressions. Chemical peels, laser treatments or surgery are painful and involve downtime. By using Acupuncture to refresh your appearance you can take 5-10 years off the look of your skin, but you will still look like you! Acupuncture facial rejuvenation requires no downtime and is safe and painless.

Each of us are aging differently, some of us sag, some wrinkle, some get puffy, red or dark spots and some get loose skin.  Each person has a unique rate at which they age and a unique quality to their skin.  Diet, lifestyle, (sun exposure, smoking, sleep, etc.) and heredity all play a part in how our skin ages.

Acupuncture, which has been practiced for thousands of years, works on the entire body, and treats the individual person’s needs.  An acupuncturist specially trained in facial acupuncture will spend time understanding your unique aging process, and will create a treatment plan designed to work with your body, to address your specific needs.  Treatments are not limited to your crow’s feet or your saggy neck (although they can be treated very effectively with acupuncture), they will address the health of your major organs (lung, stomach, kidney, liver, heart, large intestines etc.) to keep them functioning at peak performance.  The more effectively your organs are functioning, the better your skin will look because your digestion, blood flow, fluid levels and amount of oxygen reaching your skin will improve.

A few acupuncture points are used for the sole purpose of anesthetizing the face and relaxing the patient. With acupuncture facial rejuvenation, nothing is put into or taken out of the body (besides the needles). The needles are left in place for about fifteen minutes during which time my patients typically fall into a deep state of relaxation. After the needles are removed, facial cupping and facial gua sha are used to invigorate the blood flow to the face, reduce inflammation (puffiness under eyes), and smooth deep fines such as on the forehead.

Additionally, facial acupuncture is extremely relaxing, and helps to melt away stress and anxiety.  The simple act of receiving a treatment can refresh your appearance through the relaxation response your body has to the flood of endorphins and the anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture.

Facial Acupuncture treats the face and neck directly, gently, naturally, lifting saggy jowls, reducing frown lines, and under eye bags.  It can do this without injecting anything into you, or taking anything out of you, without harsh chemicals or painful surgery.  Studies have shown the effectiveness of Facial Acupuncture and its ability to brighten a dull complexion, change the depth of facial lines and improve the overall texture of the skin.

Is there any proof that it works? A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that in 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment (12-20 sessions). Not every Acupuncturist practices facial rejuvenation

7 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Your Appearance:

1) Stress Reduction

We all are exposed to stressful situations in our lives. When the stress is extreme, or if it lasts a long time, our physical health begins to suffer. Some common stress related illnesses are: irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, stroke, migraine, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases. Acupuncture effectively treats stress by unblocking stuck energy and allowing it to flow properly throughout the body. As our tension is relieved, so are our symptoms. Acupuncture releases stress reducing, natural pain killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

2) Improve Sleep

Ruminating thoughts, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, depression, and overstimulation are a few of the reasons why we can have trouble sleeping at night. One of the immediate gifts of acupuncture is its ability to calm the mind, lift the spirit, reset our body clock and allow us to get our restorative “beauty sleep”.

3) Younger Looking Skin

As you age, the 57 muscles in your face gradually lose their tone causing the sagging, deep wrinkling and tired look associated with aging. Acupuncture stimulates the muscle function, and the face lifts itself; returning the face to a healthier, revitalized, and youthful appearance.

4) Better Sex

Acupuncture can bring back the spark in your sex life too! The needles can help to allow for a smoother flow of energy and blood to the genital area, thereby increasing pleasure and desire. Additionally, acupuncture can balance your hormones to a more youthful state, increasing estrogen and testosterone levels. This can result in a reduction in prostate enlargement, less vaginal dryness and many other benefits.

5) Reduce Pain

On a physical level acupuncture reduces pain by improving blood flow and releasing pain-relieving endorphins and serotonin. Pain that is chronic can be mentally and physically exhausting. Our emotions can wear us down, and cause us to be weak and unable to heal. It is impossible to effectively treat chronic conditions without addressing a person’s state of mind. Acupuncture addresses the negative emotions (such as anger, and fear), thereby decreasing stress hormones, which cause pain.

6) Stronger Immune System

Acupuncture can help to naturally boost your immune system. Scientists have been able to determine that acupuncture enhances the production of natural killer cells, which is the primary defense mechanism against organisms that make us sick. It also regulates white blood cells directly linked to the fight against infections, allergic reactions, and even autoimmune disorders. Regular acupuncture treatments are a great preventative measure to ward off colds and flu.

7) More Energy & Vitality

Although the immediate effect of acupuncture treatment is very relaxing, the long-term effects are more energy, and vitality. The reason for this has to do with a concept in traditional Chinese medicine called Jing, the energy of the Kidneys. It is the power that keeps us going. How much Jing you have determines your energy levels, how you will age and how healthy you will be. If your kidney energy is deficient it can lead to premature aging, dried up wrinkled skin, and dark circles. Additionally, it can affect your head hair and bones, so osteoporosis and premature greying are signs of kidney imbalances.

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Acupuncture for Tendonitis Relief and Recovery

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Acupuncture for Tendonitis Relief and Recovery

Tendonitis is a painful condition resulting from inflammation of the tendons. Tendons are thick bands of strong fibrous tissue that link bone to muscle. Although they are designed to withstand extreme pressure, certain circumstances will produce swelling and pain in the area. Sometimes performing the same movements repetitively over a long period of time can lead to tendonitis. At other times, a sudden or jarring traumatic event can be the cause.

Repetitive motions from activities like gardening, cleaning, typing, and using the computer can lead to achy, inflamed tendons. Bad posture and not properly stretching before a substantial workout may also be a factor in the condition. As well, some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or diabetes may lead to tendonitis.

Those over 40 years old are at a higher risk for developing tendonitis. Collagen fibers provide the force that binds all the components of the tendons together, but become weaker and less resistant to stress as we age. The result can be more tears and trauma inflicted on the tendons.

The areas most commonly prone to tendonitis include the base of the thumb, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is located on the back of the foot, just above the heel. No matter what body part is affected, acupuncture and Oriental medicine may help provide relief and speed up recovery time.

According to the philosophy of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, conditions of pain may be caused by cold or heat, so one of the first things to be determined is whether the afflicted tendon is suffering from a hot or a cold condition. To help explain this, envision an avid tennis player with a red, swollen elbow. The pain is so bad that the arm cannot be used properly. There is visible swelling and the area is warm to the touch. This would clearly indicate a condition of heat, so massage and heat therapies would only aggravate the pain.

Now picture a retired gardener with pain in his right elbow. The pain is in a fixed location and slight swelling is visible. His body often feels cold, especially his hands and the elbow with tendonitis. Chilly, damp nights increase the levels of pain to the point where he needs to take pain relievers. Light massage and heat therapies alleviate the pain and feel good when applied. All factors point to a condition of cold. These two patients will receive largely different treatments since they do not share the same diagnosis.

The tennis player could have an acupuncture point called Heart 8 activated by a needle. Utilizing Heart 8 can help reduce heat and inflammation since it is located right near the elbow.  It is one of the ying spring acupuncture points, meaning it has the ability to clear heat from the entire channel. A channel is a fixed pathway which transports life-sustaining energy. This energy is also known as Qi. Once the inflammation is reduced, the pain, redness and stiffness should follow suit.

For the elderly gardener, moxibustion therapy may provide the best solution. This therapy provides medicinal heat and smoke by burning small amounts of the herb mugwort. It is believed that smoke and heat from the burning herb penetrate the skin and enter the body. Once inside, an immune response is initiated which helps disperse any painful blockages. Once blood and Qi are able to flow freely, the pain should decrease as the mobility and range of motion increase.

There may be some acupuncture points that are appropriate to treat both these patients. A practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine may find the use of the point Gall Bladder 34 beneficial in both these cases. This point is credited with the ability to nourish and restore all the tendons and sinews of the entire body, regardless of whether there is an issue with hot or cold.

If you experience stiff thumbs worsening on cold, winter nights, find your knees unable to take the pressure of your workout routine or worry you may have other symptoms of tendonitis, contact at 520-505-1442 to see what acupuncture and Oriental medicine can do for you!

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