Many people are hesitant when it comes to acupuncture, but it is an incredible safe, painless, effective, and drug-free therapy that can help address a wide variety of common ailments, medical problems, and improve overall health. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. The needles are hair-thin and are designed not to cut the skin. They are inserted gently and shallowly and the experience of having acupuncture is in no way like having an injection. Acupuncture is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over the past 2500 years medical scholars in every age have contributed to the development and refinement of the art of acupuncture in China. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in, most patients say that they experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being that lasts for many hours after the treatment.
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi. Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians inside the body. Each of these is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life –giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants, and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue, and muscle in the body. An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs, and glands. Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can set in.
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Cupping therapy has been developed as a means to open the meridians of the body, cause tissues to release toxins, active the lymphatic system, clean colon blockages, help active and clear the veins. " Yin is the material basis for yang." " Yang is the functional manifestation of Yin."
According to Chinese Medicine, wrinkles begin internally from a constitutional imbalance and fundamental weakness of Qi. Qi circulates throughout the body within a serious of pathways called meridians. Flowing through these pathways, Qi provides nourishment, support and energy to every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ.
As we get older it becomes more difficult for Qi to flow upwards to "lift" the face. This leads to inadequate muscle tone, wrinkles, and sagging skin over time.
Why choose Facial Acupuncture over a surgical face-lift?
Facial rejuvenation Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. Acupuncture can strengthen and stimulate the circulation of blood and Qi within the meridian pathways, especially those of the face, and improve the energy flow within the body to help the body's skin to rejuvenate. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can tightens pores, improve muscle tone and dermal contraction. This technique can also help to build collagen and enhance the elasticity of the skin.
While not a replacement for surgery or injection such as Botox or Restylane, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery or injection and is safe, effective, natural, drug-free, virtually painless, has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is no trauma from Facial Acupuncture. While Facial Acupuncture cannot reshape one's nose or chin, it is a more subtle treatment that takes years off one's face-safely and naturally while improving overall health.
But it doesn’t stop there. Since facial acupuncture is based on time-tested principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a person’s overall health may also benefit. Insomnia may be corrected and weight gain may be controlled. Cosmetic acupuncture is, after all, a whole-body treatment. In the Traditional Chinese Medicine view, a person’s face is affected selectively by his or her internal organs. Facial features reflect organic strengths, and as internal organs are fortified, one’s face reflects the improvement. Besides addressing a patient’s condition holistically, the practitioner will probably work locally, inserting painless, ultra-fine needles into--and around--specific wrinkles, acu-points or muscle points, depending on the technique employed. Techniques can be Spartan or luxuriant, and practitioners will often incorporate herbal poultices, moisturizers, pulsed light or essential oils into a treatment. An imperceptible electrical current may also be passed among the needles.