Acupuncture as a Facial Rejuvenation Therapy

Some practitioners poo-poo this practice, saying it cheapens the medicine or turns it into a spa service, I get it. I prefer to view it as a complimentary treatment to traditional acupuncture since you cannot truly look good if you feel unwell. Therefore cosmetic acupuncture must be a multi-layered treatment including a standard acupuncture session.

Points on the body are needled to correct imbalances as well as attention being given specifically to any cosmetic issues on the face. The intent is to bring blood and energy up to the face to revive skin that is lacking in proper circulation and nourishment. Cosmetic Acupuncture can reduce or erase lines and wrinkles, build collagen, increase elasticity, reduce under eye puffiness, firm chin jowls, improve complexion, clear acne and even skin tone. 

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a great alternative for individuals who want to look good by improving their overall health. Appearance changes are natural and there is no recovery time or fear of irreversible changes to your appearance. It is also a great motivator for those that have never tried Acupuncture before.

A complete course of treatment is 12 sessions. Most patients observe results around 4 sessions, but some immediately after the first. Faster results are obtained by receiving 2 sessions per week over 6 weeks. Once monthly follow-up visits are suggested to maintain results. Facial results last depending on your age and constitution, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle then the results are more dramatic and longer lasting, obviously!

What is Moxa?

What is that herb you are burning? Moxa or Ai Ye gets polarizing reviews as far as smell, the untrained nose will sometimes guess it is marijuana…not even close! I have always found it to give me a warm milk and honey like feeling. 
In practice it is used for warming and blood moving properties, menstrual cramps anyone?? It is also great for arthritic/bi pain, I can picture my mother leaning over the kitchen sink tracing her fingers before bed. If you want to know more below is a very entertaining interview with one of my favorite teachers!

Bone Broth

Bone Broth has been gaining popularity recently as the “new green juice” but why? It is touted for supporting joint health, reducing osteoarthritic pain, lessening cosmetic signs of aging due to being dense in collagen, gelatin, chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid. The amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine also help seal openings in the gut lining aka. leaky gut syndrome. There is also the argument that us meat eaters are dining on only muscle tissue and leaving out nutrient dense connective tissues and bones, due to their unappetizing quality to a western palate.

On an intuitive level like-treats-like, this is a principal used in herbalism and homeopathy. If you are having issues with chronic injury of tendons or ligaments and they are slow to heal, one way of nourishing them is to add them to your diet.

I have been experimenting with bone broth on and off for a while now, the off part being due to the labor involved in making it. I like to supplement my homemade supply with Belcampo Meats broth, but this is still difficult to always keep stocked. I recently discovered a bone broth protein powder via one of my favorite Podcasts @ReWild Yourself. It happened to be carried at the Santa Monica Co-Op so I grabbed some today and am excited to try it out. Cheers! 

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