Acupuncture facial rejuvenation treatment has received quite a bit of attention in the media as of late. Through increasing nutrients, blood and energy to the cells – facial acupuncture improves muscle tone and promotes skin firmness and elasticity to the face Originally a treatment for Chinese royalty, this technique is known as “me rong zhen” and used since the Sung Dynasty (960-1279AD).
Today and then, acupuncture is performed to enliven the Qi and blood flow of the face to lessen fine lines and wrinkles. It also decreases inflammation in targeted areas, for example to reduce puffiness under the eyes. And applied to provide a Qi lift to what is drooping - such as the eyelids, double chin or jowls.
Hair-thin acupuncture needles are placed into the skin predominantly on the face, however body points are done as well to decrease inflammation and increase whole body Qi balance. Treatments are received twice a week for 6 weeks for optimal results. Maintenance treatments are then recommended depending on individual needs. Chinese herbal medicine and therapeutic massage is also helpful further brighten skin and overall body wellness.
The following are other things that can be done to support these treatments:
Apply an organic moisturizer to the face in the morning and prior to going to bed. Chinese pearl cream is an excellent choice. Its usage dates back to the Ming dynasty as a skin care product. Its benefits are derived from the organic proteins found in the crushed shells which create a smooth skin appearance and reduced appearance of sun spots and scars.
T’ai Chi and Qigong exercise to retard the aging process as it builds Qi and moves Blood; calms heart & spirit, and promotes healthful longevity. These exercises include breathing techniques which promote increased oxygen to the lungs as well as strengthens the Qi of the lungs. This has positive effects on skin health because the lungs nourish the skin according to The Law of the Five Elements.
Eat predominantly warm/dry foods and eat cold raw foods sparingly. This strengthens the spleen energy which is said to “hold things up” – a definite help for sagging skin. Fresh and organic foods are the best to increase nutrition to the body.
Practice an “inner smile” throughout the day, combined with accepting and positive thoughts about you. As confirmed by research by the late neuroscientist Candace Pert, PhD that one’s thoughts and feelings are capable of creating wellness or disease in the body.
Perform facial self-acupressure on acu-point stomach 3, named “facial beauty”. This point is located on both cheeks, in a depression level with the bottom of the nostril directly under the center of the eye. To perform acupressure, sit up straight comfortably with feet resting flat on the floor. Press this point on both sides at the same time with your middle finger – for about a minute. Take three gentle deep breaths into your belly as you do this. When finished do gently tapping with your fingertips all over your face and head. When complete sit for a moment before going back to your day.
Take regular walks by water, hikes in the woods, or stroll around the neighborhood for fresh clean air, exercise and to clear the mind.
When one’s face becomes rejuvenated through these Chinese ways – mood, energy and attitude toward self and life improves. When a person feels wonderful about themselves they feel more attractive, a positive feeling that nourishes the mind, body and spirit. This creates “happy Qi” – something that is a precious commodity, especially as the years progress.