When you talk about skin care, a lot of things come to mind. Creams, balms, lotions, different types of therapy, and the occasional bizarre treatment like rubbing some exotic plant from the Amazon onto your face are some of these things. The last thing you would think of is stabbing your face with small needles in the hopes of improving your skin tone and removing those unwanted wrinkles.
Yet that is what cosmetic acupuncture exactly requires. Cosmetic acupuncture is now being practiced in acupuncture clinics around the world. This type of skin treatment aims to provide a patient with treatment that would result in the rejuvenation of the skin. Some of the benefits of this skin treatment are the removal and prevention of wrinkles, improving skin tone and complexion, removing double chins and saggy skin, eliminating lines, and many others.
Acupuncture should not be regarded as a bizarre skin care trend or fad. It has been around for two thousand years in the ancient Chinese world. It is a type of medicinal therapy that was, and still is, widely used in the Eastern world. Now, it is being introduced in the West and is gaining quite a following among those who seek holistic healing from the use of alternative medical practices.
The concept of acupuncture revolves around the improvement of a person’s qi, or life force, by stimulating certain acupuncture points throughout the body. Eastern medical philosophy believes that the qi in our body flows through channels, or meridians, and the proper stimulation of these meridians through acupuncture will help the qi flow more effectively. Helping the qi flow effectively through a meridian will help the corresponding body part that that channel flows through. This will result in the wellness of the organ or body part and help the whole body function properly as well.
This is also applied for cosmetic acupuncture for skin care. Practitioners believe that stimulation of the right meridians along the face will improve facial “imperfections” and would also greatly improve the complexion and texture of the skin. There are many reports of the benefits of this skin care therapy. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture found that over 90% of three hundred cases of Cosmetic Acupuncture had significant effects in just one treatment. These effects include improved facial elasticity and skin tone and overall facial rejuvenation.
While cosmetic acupuncture is still not medically accepted in the West as a scientifically-grounded skin care practice, it’s still worth the time to look into these other alternative ways of healing. Western medical philosophy has proven to be scientifically sound and effective, but Eastern medical practice also has roots that are based on sound philosophies and traditions over two thousand years old. Those who are looking for a non-invasive type of alternative skin treatment should give this a try.
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