Acupuncture Facials

May 27th, 2015


The benefits of using needles to perform a facial are many: it improves acne (due to hormonal imbalance); it helps with menopause, perimenopause, PMS, and other gynecological issues; it helps with sinus congestion and headaches (except severe migraines); it improves hyper and hypothyroidism; it reduces symptoms of toothache, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, and Bell’s Palsy; it treats diarrhea and constipation (most digestive issues); it helps to eliminate edema and puffiness; it benefit’s the eyes, ears, and brain; it can help with insomnia and dizziness; it can help with depression and aid self-esteem; it retards hair loss and hair greying; it improves collagen production and muscle tone; it helps reduce bags and sagging tendencies; it helps eliminate fine lines and diminish larger wrinkles; it helps reduce double chin and lift drooping eyelids; it improves metabolism; it tightens pores and brightens eyes; it increases local blood and lymph circulation; it improves facial color and tone bringing more radiance to skin; sunken areas become fuller; and it reduces stress and promotes total health and well-being.

The person is treated constitutionally (whole body) as well as the specific area on the face. First needles are placed in certain specific areas on the body according to the acupuncturist’s assessment. Then larger needles are inserted into the face in order to tighten up (tonify) muscles or relax (sedate) them. Next, tiny needles are actually inserted into wrinkles in a certain way to create a micro trauma under the wrinkle. The body then will deposit collagen / connective tissue at the site of the wrinkle to fill it in from below.

A relatively healthy person should commit to 10-12 treatments to show lasting results. After about 5-7 treatments a significant difference can be noticed by the person. People who smoke or sag a lot may need approximately 20 treatments. Tune-up treatments are recommended monthly to bi-monthly to keep the effect going. Benefits can last up to 2 years.

Contraindications include: patients who bleed easily due to medications they are on or hemophiliacs; persons with uncontrolled diabetes; uncontrolled high blood pressure; persons who experience severe migraines; people with pacemakers especially in using electrostimulation; avoid ulcerated, irritated, or bruised areas; avoid warts (especially pigmented ones); be careful of people who have had cosmetic surgery; avoid pregnant women (diverts blood from the abdomen); and avoid anyone who has a cold/flu, acute Herpes outbreak, or acute allergic reaction.

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