Just as with the rest of your skin, your face reflects your internal health. Traditional Chinese medicine includes the holistic belief that all the bodily systems are connected. So when you neglect one aspect of your health, this manifests in other areas of the body.
Facial acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat ailments all over the body.
The procedure involves hitting pressure points on the face and body with fine needles to relax and revitalize the body and skin. These tiny puncture wounds (positive microtraumas) stimulate the body's natural healing process and increase blood flow to rejuvenate the affected areas.
These days, people use facial acupuncture to achieve a youthful glow and firm appearance. It's a popular procedure because it's safer than harsh chemical peels or surgery, and less expensive than repeatedly buying fillers.
Puncture wounds on the skin stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems, thus increasing nutrients, oxygen, and blood flow to the areas.
After multiple sessions, your skin will be brighter, firmer, and smoother and have less puffiness. Acupuncture also improves the production of collagen, the protein which tightens and fills loose skin. This is the longest-lasting form of wrinkle prevention it deals with the root of the problem and stops the formation of deep-set wrinkles.
Also, the process releases tension and relaxes the muscles.
Medical doctors prescribe facial acupuncture to patients with chronic muscle tension and TMJ to help decrease tightness in their jawline and neck. As a result, the relaxing effect sometimes helps participants cope with anxiety.
Facial acupuncture isn't all about aesthetic benefits; it also provides countless health benefits.
Six primary facial acupoints relate to various bodily systems:
This point between the eyebrows helps to relax the muscles in between the eyes. Many patients will become meditative or sleepy when pins are applied here. This point also correlates to your liver. Pressure applied here helps detoxify your body and skin.
This point is approximately half an inch above the middle of the eyebrow. It helps with reducing forehead wrinkles and lifting the eye area. This point links with the intestines and is focused on to improve digestive energy flow.
The stomach 2 point is about two inches directly under the pupil. It helps reduce puffiness and brighten the eye area. It's also associated with kidney function, thus applying pressure here helps with waste filtration and detox.
This point is lateral to the corner of the mouth, directly under the pupil. It aids in relaxing smile lines around the mouth. The Stomach 4 point relates to your lungs and helps renew the respiratory system and clear your airways.
This point is under the outer corner of the eye under the cheekbone. It aids in lifting and smoothing the cheek area and improving stomach function and digestion.
This point is a quarter-inch lateral to the nostrils. It clears the sinuses and alleviates smile lines. This point correlates to the heart, and so promotes healthy blood flow.
Bruising around positive microtraumas may happen, but it's rare and harmless. If this happens, don't worry- the bruises disappear within a week.
For this reason, people with blood clotting disorders and uncontrolled diabetes should avoid facial acupuncture.
We recommend that you practice facial acupuncture combined with full-body acupuncture to nurture a healthy energy flow throughout your body and avoid the congestion of energy in the face.
In the beginning, you'll need eight to ten sessions a month for therapeutic effects. Once you achieve the desired results, reduce your visits to once a month, and use facial acupuncture to maintain your inner and outer beauty.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team