All-natural Facial Rejuvenation with Chinese Medicine
Mar 29, 2015 01:22AM
By Rene Ng
Aging is one of the most popular topics of discussion today in all four corners of the globe. It affects each and every one of us and is, unfortunately, a process that no one can avoid. Regardless of whether we like it or not, we all age.
Aging is the process of getting old. According to the Encyclopedia Britanica, “…Aging begins as soon as adulthood is reached and is as much a part of human life as are infancy, childhood, and adolescence.” Overall effects of aging include reduced immunity, loss of muscle strength, decline in memory and other aspects of cognition, chronic fatigue, and loss of color in the hair and elasticity in the skin.
What goes on within the human body manifests physically on the human body, and especially on the face. Symptoms such as wrinkles and age spots reflect the disharmonies that are going on inside the body, and their exact locations on the face pinpoint to the specific organ systems where the disharmonies are occurring. Therefore, a skilled acupuncture physician can utilize the face to diagnose the disharmonies within the body and also to treat the facial symptoms directly. As the sources of the problems are addressed, the symptoms on the face will diminish and even go away. This approach results in longer lasting and even permanent results as the source as well as the symptoms are both addressed. This natural approach differs from the majority of today’s cosmetic procedures (eg Botox, surgical facelifts) which target only the symptoms on the face along without addressing the source of the issues. These procedures are typically temporary and short lasting, and require repeated follow-up treatments over a short period of time.
The Chinese Medicine Approach to Aging and Facial Rejuvenation
Chinese Medicine has been used very effectively for facial rejuvenation and anti-aging for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats the root causes, not just the symptoms, and healing comes from the inside out. Much of the root cause of wrinkles is not in the face, but in internal imbalances that can be improved with natural herbs, foods and exercises. TCM treats YOU, not just your wrinkles. TCM also regulates the flow of Qi, the vital energy and life force that exists in each and every one of us. Qi is essential for organ systems to properly function as well as in moving blood from one point to another. Therefore, Chinese Medicine balances the body by treating underlying conditions that lead to wrinkling, especially in promoting the flow of Qi and Blood, and enhancing the entire body’s circulatory system. And the end result? Not only are your wrinkles diminished naturally, but your body is healthier and more balanced.
TCM sees anatomy and physiology very differently from how Western practitioners view them. For example, in addition to the biological and anatomical functions of the various organs emphasized in Western medicine, the energetic functions as well as the interrelationship between each of the organ systems are also emphasized. Furthermore, external pathological factors such as the climate, lifestyle, and living environment that can have a major impact on the functionality of each of the organ systems are also taken into consideration.
TCM presents with a number of methods that are used collectively and oftentimes simultaneously for anti-aging and facial rejuvenation. Depending on what is being addressed, any one or all may be used at any one time. The process is typically NOT PAINFUL at all. On the contrary, the patient experiences a very relaxing and soothing session while the procedures are being performed.
Acupuncture is used primarily to address the root of the issues, with a focus on the imbalances in the body and organ systems. Age spots are typically addressed with this, as are dull and withered complexion, dry skin, acne, and puffiness. Some extra thin, facial acupuncture needles may sometimes be inserted in the facial area to help with sculpting and in reducing deep lines. But generally, the placement of too many needles in the face is discouraged, as this could result in excessive stimulation directly in the face area, which could lead to other unwanted symptoms showing up in the face. For some people, especially those presenting with excessive disorders like hypertension, vigorous needling in the face can result in headaches which can sometimes be throbbing. At the same time, excessive facial needling on patients with deficiency disorders like multiple sclerosis can mean a very painful experience due to the hypersensitivity underneath the skin that is commonly associated with those disorders.
An Mo Chinese Circulatory Massage
A special form of gentle, circulatory massage called An Mo (very similar to Swedish circulatory massage) is used to relax the muscles in the face, relieve stress, invigorate the local circulation, and especially to the locations of wrinkles, lines, and crow’s feet. Very frequently, a tool such as the Jade massage roller along with an herbal cream made from Pearl powder is used to further stimulate the circulation and blood flow.
Gua Sha (Scraping)
The actual face lifting and invigoration of the muscles is done with the assistance of the classical Chinese Medicine tool known as the Gua Sha Ban (Scraping Board). Gua Sha is essentially extremely similar to Dermabrasion, with the exception that the tool is not a blade. It is usually a blunt instrument (in China, a blunt, glass soup spoon is commonly used for this), and not only will it address the removal of dead skin, it strongly invigorates the blood and guides the Qi and blood in an upward direction. This would effectively not only tonify the muscles but also stimulate the tightness in an upward direction. Hence, “face lifting.”
In cases where the patient presents with issues with the lungs and that system’s imbalance, glass cups are placed on the body at targeted areas to remove the congestion in the chest area and to promote both the health as well as the expansion of the lung orifice. When the lungs are strong, the skin stays moist and taut, and with good radiance.
Frequently, the patient is prescribed Chinese herbal medicine to nourish the organ systems and to address any imbalances in specific systems which are manifesting in the facial symptoms. The herbs can be taken as a drink or in pill form. A facial cream such as Pearl cream as well as herb-based facial masks are also frequently applied as needed.
Nutrition and Food Therapy
The Acupuncture Physician will consult with the patient and develop a nutritional plan tailored to the patient’s individual need. The nutritional plan would serve to address the imbalances in the body, promote overall production and circulation of Qi and Blood, relieve stress, and promote bowel movements.
Why Natural Facial Rejuvenation?
This question comes up all the time: “What are the pros and cons of Natural facial rejuvenation versus the cosmetic procedures that are currently available in the market?”
The biggest pro is that not only are the facial symptoms addressed but so is the health of the individual. Imbalances causing the facial symptoms are taken care of, and the result will not only be a rejuvenated face, but a healthier person as well.
Another pro is the fact that, other than Acupuncture, natural facial rejuvenation with Chinese Medicine is non-invasive and non-risky. There are no surgical procedures, no injections of Botox or other similar substances, and no intake of medications. The natural approach is to get the body to its natural, balanced state, which would then eliminate the imbalances that manifest in the symptoms on the face. And since the results come from the inside out, they are much more long-lasting and with no risk of scars, scar-tissues, or muscle and soft-tissue damage.
Cost is another major pro with natural facial rejuvenation. The approach with Chinese Medicine is usually just a fraction of the costs associated with cosmetic procedures and injections.
The key point to take away from this is the fact that you can do something about how your face looks like, and it does not necessarily mandate surgery or a Botox shot. If you are aware of what is going on in your body and also understand that it is appearing on your face and why, you can do something about it NATURALLY. A well-qualified Acupuncture Physician can go a long way toward helping you naturally rejuvenate your face using techniques that have been proven for thousands of years.
Rene Ng (DOM, AP, L.Ac) is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist based in Sarasota. He is the founder of Chinese Medical Solutions Acupuncture Center located on 2650 Bahia Vista, Suite 301, Sarasota. His specialties include multiple sclerosis, cancer care, pain management, sports injuries, neuropathy, and respiratory issues. In 2014, he was voted for a second year in a row Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician”, and was also the area’s “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner.”