Can Acupuncture Create Younger Looking Skin?

Can acupuncture create younger looking skin? You can get younger looking skin with acupuncture needles, herbs and of course the diet. Acupuncture can help treat a variety of ailments and illnesses, but it...

Acupuncture can help treat a variety of ailments and illnesses, but it also helps people gain youthful looking skin. Patients can achieve firmer, younger looking skin by acupuncture treatment and needles, herbs and diet. One of the treatments in acupuncture is called acupuncture rejuvenation, which requires a licensed acupuncturist to insert disposable, hair-thin needles into the skin, which seems to stop the aging process. The acupuncture needles are inserted into wrinkles and frown lines, eventually making them vanish.

This process brings blood to the skin and face, which is called rejuvenation, according to Annie Sturman, who is a licensed acupuncture physician and owner of Annie Sturman Acupuncture. She has been treating patients with pain and illnesses for the past 20 years. Acupuncture treatments help erase fine lines and reduce deeper lines, reduce sagginess, lift droopy eyelids, and can clear or reduce age spots. When acupuncture needles are inserted, a production of collagen and elastic may be stimulated causing the skin to plump up. This type of acupuncture stimulates the skin cells to lay down new collagen fibers under wrinkles, thereby filling them in. The acupuncture needles relax the muscles, which combats sagging in facial areas.

"Chinese medicine is the true anti-aging medicine," says Martha Lucas, a Colorado acupuncturist, on the website "It helps your body create a more youthful appearance." She says the treatment is gaining in popularity, which is increasing the need for acupuncturists to be trained in rejuvenation. This treatment requires special acupuncture points and different needling techniques than traditional acupuncture. Acupuncture rejuvenation is effective in smoothing out lines, erasing shallow lines and softening deeper furrows. However, the effectiveness of the treatment depends on the age of the person when treatments begin. She recommends patients start in there 30's or 40's because the face is younger and accepts the treatment more.

Cosmetic acupuncture stirs the energy pot. It moves energy through the body, with needles not only in the face but also the feet, legs, arms, head and ears, which stimulates collagen production and brings blood to the face, according to Lucas. The recommended course for treatment is 12 to 16 weeks with monthly maintenance treatments after that. Most patients see a difference after the sixth treatment. "It's something useful for you to do," she says. "The best part about it is you don't have to worry about major surgery changes, recovery from surgery and side effects."

Both acupuncturists emphasize very strongly that acupuncture rejuvenation is not a cure all treatment. How you live your life impacts what your face looks like. "You can't correct a bad lifestyle with needles," says Sturman. Food, diet and exercise are essential in any treatment. Water is another key ingredient because the more hydrated your body is, the less likely your skin will wrinkle. With these key elements, acupuncture helps increase younger looking skin by working from the inside out by restoring the balance among internal systems that diminish with age. Patients with high blood pressure, seizures, pacemakers, cancer or other serious medical conditions, or who are pregnant aren't good candidates for rejuvenation or other cosmetic acupuncture treatments, Sturman says.

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