Acupuncture is one of the oldest traditional Chinese methodologies to
relieve any form of pain. According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by
relieving the blocks on the way of Chi (positive or life energy) that lead to imbalance,
illness, poor health and fertility dysfunctions. Though mainly used for
therapeutic purposes, acupuncture has made its way to cosmetology and other
interesting sections of day-to-day life.
Also called facial rejuvenation or cosmetic acupuncture, acupuncture facelift is the procedure used to enhance
the physical appearance of one's face. Listed in most full-service spas,
acupuncture facelift is no more a new phenomenon. It is been practiced for
centuries to enhance beauty. Although the main technique is still questioned by
many doctors, recent studies have proven that acupuncture can help to relieve
Acupuncture facelift, an alternate to surgical facelift helps reduce wrinkles, and fine lines including crow's
feet, laugh lines, necklines, stress and frown lines. The procedure also helps
in improving the dark circles under your eyes and droopy eyelids, puffiness,
sagging and poor skin tone.
Human face has many muscles. An acupuncturist uses acupuncture needles across these vital muscles or pressure
points to stimulate them. During an acupuncture facelift, needles are placed in
the hands, feet, and the facial area.
As the acupuncturist relaxes the needles, they fasten the circulation of the blood flow in the body thus
increasing overall energy as well. Besides, the procedure also increases the collagen
levels in the face, firms the bags under the eyes and adds tone to the neck and
Though there is no standard treatment, each acupuncturist performs the procedure after evaluating the
patient on various fronts like general health, eating, sleeping and fitness
habits and stress levels. After due evaluation of your overall health
condition, your acupuncturist might decide on the number of sittings for
acupuncture facelift. In general an acupuncture facelift can be anywhere
between 6 to 25 treatments. Remember, more the wrinkles more the treatment is
Results can be seen after one session, but it is advised to have a series of 10-12 sessions to get the full
benefit. The results are said to last for 3 - 5 years. Check with your
acupuncturist for periodic treatments to maintain the lift.
Acupuncture and Weight Loss
Acupuncture weight loss is becoming popular among many since everyone is finding ways to
reduce extra fat. Though practiced for many years, acupuncture weight loss
treatment is still not understood by many. Acupuncture treatment for weight
loss aims only to suppress appetite and assist in acquiring the lifestyle
change necessary to maintain healthy weight.
The treatment involves inserting needles on particular spots of the skin. These
needles stimulate the body to release endorphins, the hormone that controls
body appetite. Endorphins are found to enhance the will power and metabolism in
a human being. The acupuncture needles
also relax the body and help the same to deal with stress, frustration, and urge
to have an extra dose of food.
Theacupuncturist chooses the spots of needle insertion. Be frank with your
acupuncturist. Discuss with him/her on your eating style, eating habits,
digestive problems, and y our appetite. Followed by consultation, the
acupuncturist checks your pulses to understand the general state of energy and
measures the stomach energy.
After evaluating your body, the acupuncturist inserts the needle at certain
pre-decided points. These points may include
Adrenal and Ovary
acupuncturist chooses two or more of these points for each treatment depending
on your eating style and the result required. Electro stimulation on some of
these points increases the endorphin release and stimulates the metabolism. During
the treatments, three pressure points including Large Intestines 4 (HEGI), Pericardium
6 (Neiguan), and Stomach 36 (Zusanli) of the body are stimulated for two
minutes. This stimulation helps in promoting the general health as well as improves
digestion and relaxes the whole body.
As always, the acupuncturist decides the number of treatments required for a
patient after evaluating their goals and needs. Severe overeating requires first
five days of treatment followed by alternate days on second week and three days
on third week. If you intend to lose five to ten pounds, one treatment every
three days or twice a week can be ideal. For optimal results, try booster
treatment once every two weeks.
Remember,the acupuncture program for weight loss should be supplemented with weight loss
diet and an exercise regime. Acupuncture for weight loss is yet to be
clinically proven, however it is proved that people who have gained weight due
to stress can benefit from this program.
Acupuncture and fertility
Acupuncture treatment has found effective in treating many infertility issues. Few western researches have
proved that acupuncture exerts a clear impact on our bodily systems, regulating
hormones, increasing blood-flow, relieving pain, calming the mind, facilitating
naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents and strengthening immunity.
Research specific to fertility acupuncture clearly report that the treatment promotes the circulation of blood
in the pelvic cavity and improves ovarian function. Fertility acupuncture may
be beneficial in promoting follicle production, enhancing uterine blood flow
and improving uterine lining thickness.
Acupuncture is found to be effective in treating both male and female infertility. In female infertility,
acupuncture helps in regulating reproductive hormone and assists in the
maturation of ova or eggs. In men, acupuncture may help in both strengthening
the sperm and enhancing sperm count.
Fertility acupuncture is used to
stimulate egg production and regularize ovulation during the first half of the
ovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle and provide hormonal balance during the
second half or the luteal phase. Acupuncture can also decrease the odds of
miscarriage by helping sustain the integrity of the uterine lining that
supports a pregnancy. The treatment can decrease symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome),
regulate cycles and decrease anxiety, stress and frustrations.
Hormonal imbalances connected
with infertility can also be treated through acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment
can bring balance to monthly menstrual cycle if you have irregular cycle
periods, which are mild. In addition, cases of anovulation (failure to ovulate)
or PCOS may be treatable with acupuncture.
Coming to the location of
acupuncture needles, it varies from patient to patient and treatment to
treatment. However, some of the predefined points used to influence the
function of the female reproductive organs include lower back, lower abdomen, legs,
lumbar, sacrum, head, neck, upper back, and arms. Your acupuncturist may use
one or all of these points after due evaluation of your energy flow and stress