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lynn jaffeeLynn Jaffee is a licensed acupuncturist and the author of the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health, a clear and concise explanation of Chinese medicine for the lay person. She is co-author of the book, The BodyWise Woman, a personal health manual for physically active women and girls. Read more about Lynn...

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Cosmetic Acupuncture: It's A Beautiful Thing

We are so lucky to live at a time when it’s not unusual to live healthfully into our 70’s, 80’s, and even our 90’s. With our increased life expectancy and the fact that many of us will stay vital and active into our later years, many women and some men have turned their attention to looking as young as they feel.

We spend billions of dollars annually in the United States on anti-aging creams and cosmetics, and I admit to being a frequent contributor to that number. Plastic surgery and Botox injections have moved out of the realm of the rich and famous and are increasingly used as a routine first line of defense for anyone looking to take a few years off their face.

There are many people, however, who find the invasive nature and risks associated with surgery or injections more than what they are willing to undergo to look younger. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you’re one of them. For those of us who are looking for a safer and more natural alternative, an ancient treatment is taking on a new spin. Lately, more and more people have been turning to cosmetic acupuncture to look younger and improve their health at the same time.

Based on the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, cosmetic acupuncture works to increase the circulation of energy and blood to the face, causing more nutrients, collagen and elastin to move to the area.

While the idea of having a little work done is to look better, most of us don’t want people judging us on the vanity scale. The effects of cosmetic acupuncture are subtle and can vary, but include a more even, glowing complexion, a decrease in fine lines and softening of wrinkles, diminished puffiness around the eyes, and a general lifting of the face. In fact, in a 1996 study reported by the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, 90% of the 300 participants reported improvements, such as better complexion, diminished lines and wrinkles, and feeling rejuvenated overall.

Also, during a cosmetic session, the acupuncture is working to iresolve underlying health conditions as well as improving your face. In our clinic, clients have reported improved digestion, decreased stress, less menstrual discomfort, fewer hot flashes, decreased acne breakouts, and less TMJ symptoms from a series of cosmetic acupuncture treatments.

Almost anyone can benefit from cosmetic acupuncture, but in general, people in good health will see the most improvement. If you’re a smoker, have poor digestion, frequent migraines, or suffer from a chronic illness, you should resolve your health issues as much as possible before undergoing cosmetic acupuncture.

If there are any drawbacks drawbacks of cosmetic acupuncture, it would be that unlike the immediate effects of Botox or surgery, 10 to 12 acupuncture treatments are needed to see results. And while the results are noticeable, they can be unpredictable as to where and how much improvement is achieved.

If you’re like me in wanting to look your best naturally, cosmetic acupuncture might be worth checking out. It’s extremely safe; there’s no risk of disfigurement and no recovery time needed. Most people go back to work after having cosmetic acupuncture feeling relaxed and refreshed. Because cosmetic acupuncture benefits your health and decreases stress while it improves your looks, it is considered a rejuvenating therapy in every sense of the word.

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