Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Facial Rejuvenation with Oriental Medicine

Are you plagued by acne, rosacea, psoriasis, sallow skin, enlarged pores, dark circles below the eyes, or hyper/hypo-pigmentation? Do you refuse to be seen without a full face of makeup? Are you sick of layering lotions, serums, and masques on your face without results? If any of this applies to you then Oriental Medicine for dermal rejuvenation may be the right choice for you. Using either specific herbal formulas, acupuncture, diet therapy or a combination, traditional Oriental Medicine can help you achieve the healthy skin you’ve always desired in a natural and non-surgical way!

Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective treatment used to reduce the signs of aging or persistent skin problems by the specific placement of very thin, disposable needles in both the face and corresponding body points. This insertion increases circulation to the face, which serves to stimulate collagen production, increase balance in skin pigmentation and pH and to eliminate blockages in the meridians (channels of blood and energy) to achieve dermal health and disease prevention. The movement of this energy (Qi) nourishes, hydrates, tones, and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles in the skin. The results are amazing and ~90% of cases treated with cosmetic acupuncture have marked effects within the first treatment. Patients report improvements in the elasticity of their facial muscles, clearer complexions, softer skin, and more on a consistent basis. For additional improvement, if needed, the Acupuncturist may prescribe specific herbal therapies and diet recommendations to enhance the effects of the acupuncture and achieve a whole body balance of health.

The differences between oriental medicine and western therapies in efforts to heal and beautify the skin are many. Not only is Oriental Medicine natural and non-surgical unlike many Western therapies, which include a wide range of surgical and synthetic treatments, it also follows a holistic model of health care. While many Western therapies are solely focused on increasing the outer appearance Oriental Medicine is based on a model that enhances the outward beauty by working from the inside out. It works by treating the root cause of a problem instead of focusing on the mere symptom. For example the symptom may be Eczema but the root cause may be an intense amount of damp heat in the body that is unable to be cleared. Acupuncture uses points on the body to release that heat in addition with facial points to increase blood flow to the face that will both treat the immediate concern of facial eczema as well as the root cause of intense “damp heat” which in turn can help improve other related health issues such as urinary problems, jaundice, excessive phlegm, and body secretions. Additions of herbal therapies and dietary suggestions can increase health even more. To put it simply Oriental Medicine doesn’t just put a pretty face on the problem, it helps you to shine from within!

For more information on Acupuncture, Dermal rejuvenation, Oriental Medicine, and more please call our office at (919) 845-3280 or stop in and speak with one of our licensed acupuncturists (Brian Kramer or Andre Tse). We are located in the American Institute of Health Care and Fitness in Raleigh, NC off Forum Drive. For specific practitioner information and bios visit our website at


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