Facial acupuncture is a natural and non-invasive treatment that nourishes and rejuvenates the skin. It has been practiced in China since the Sun dynasty (960AD – 1070AD) where records show the Empress and elite classes receiving treatment to enhance their appearance. Today it has become popular amongst celebritys such as Gywneth Palthrow, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. It also featured on channel 4s ‘how to look 10 years younger’ and ‘how not to get old’ with Louise Rednap. Unlike botox and other facial treatments cosmetic acupuncture is a anti aging treatment that has no side effects and improves overall health and well being.
Studies published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture in 1996 showed that of 300 people who received Facial Acupuncture, 90% demonstrated marked results after only their first treatment.
It was stated by The Irish Times as:
“…a viable alternative to cosmetic surgery and the effects can run much deeper than simply improving appearances.”
So what is it and how does it work? Tiny ultra fine needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the face, the process is painless and many people find it deeply relaxing. The needles cause what is known as micro trauma to the skin, in turn the body produces healing enzymes and increases the circulation of blood and oxygen to the face. In Chinese medicine this is seen as Qi and vital energy being drawn to and nourishing the skin. The results are a healthy glow to the complexion, a softening of lines and overall improvement to the tone and quality of the skin.
How can treatment improve my overall health? The initial diagnosis taken at the beginning of a course of treatment ensures that any underlying issues effecting the skin such as digestion and stress are also addressed. In this way the whole body is treated creating beauty from inside out. Acupuncture works at a very deep level to restore imbalances in the bodys energy. Unlike other cosmetic treatments facial acupuncture is tailored to your individual make up and constitution, helping you to feel good on all levels. Lifestyle advice is also given when necessary on how to complement treatment with diet, exercise etc.
What should I expect? The treatments are progressive and it is recommended to complete a course of 12 sessions for the best results. After just one session people notice a difference but the effects become most noticable around the 6th treatment. Many people report feeling incredibly relaxed after treatment and with a greater sense of well being. After the initial course of treatment is complete it is common to continue monthly maintenance sessions to sustain the results. The initial consultation is approximately 2 hours and includes a case history. Follow up sessions last approximately 90 minutes.