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Happy Chinese New Year– The year of the Dragon.
What is Facial Rejuvenation?
Facial Rejuvenation with microneedling and nano needling, as part of an acupuncture treatment, is an innovative approach to enhance the appearance and overall well-being. These techniques aim to improve skin texture, reduce signs of aging, and promote a radiant complexion while incorporating the principles of traditional acupuncture.
Microneedling: This cosmetic procedure involves using a device with fine needles to create thousands of tiny, controlled micro-injuries in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which includes the production of collagen and elastin, key components of youthful-looking skin. Microneedling can help with issues like fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and overall skin texture. When integrated into acupuncture treatments, it enhances the holistic approach to well-being.
Nano Needling: Is a newer technique that uses even finer needles to create micro-channels in the uppermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. Nano needling is less invasive and typically does not cause visible micro-injuries. It focuses on delivering specific skincare serums, vitamins, or other rejuvenating substances directly into the skin’s surface. Nano needling can help improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and boost overall skin health.
Facial rejuvenation can offer several benefits:
Holistic Approach: Combining these cosmetic techniques with acupuncture aligns with the traditional Chinese medicine philosophy, which emphasizes balance and overall well-being. By addressing both the body’s internal energy flow (Chi) through acupuncture and external skin health, it creates a comprehensive approach to health and beauty.
Natural Collagen Production: Both microneedling and nano needling stimulate collagen production, helping to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Enhanced Skin Health: These treatments can improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of acne scars, and promote a more youthful, radiant complexion.
Customized Skincare: Nano needling allows for the delivery of specialized skincare serums and nutrients to target specific skin concerns, offering a personalized approach to skincare.
Minimal Downtime: Compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures, microneedling and nano needling typically involve minimal downtime and discomfort, making them accessible for those with busy schedules.
It’s essential to consult with a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in facial rejuvenation using these techniques. They can create a personalized treatment plan that combines traditional acupuncture principles with microneedling and nano needling to help you achieve your health and beauty goals.
Treatment of Neurological Disorders with Acupuncture
A neurological disorder refers to a problem with the nervous system, a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates the body’s activities. Nerve pain can arise from trauma, inflammation, stroke, disease, infection, nerve degeneration, exposure to toxic chemicals, and nutrient deficiencies.
Nerve pain is usually a sharp, shooting pain or a constant burning sensation. Typically occurring in the same location with each episode, it can often be traced along the nerve pathway. Sometimes weakness or impaired function in the affected area occurs, and the skin may be either overly sensitive or numb.
Acupuncture can provide symptom relief from some neurological disorders, including:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — ALS is an irreversible neurological disease that destroys the nerve cells that invigorate the muscles.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — Also known as median nerve entrapment, it occurs when swelling or irritation of the nerve or tendons in the carpal tunnel results in pressure on the median nerve.
Headaches — Headaches that can be treated with acupuncture include migraines, tension headaches, headaches occurring around the menstrual cycle, sinus headaches and stress-related headaches.
Myasthenia Gravis — This is a neuromuscular disorder causing muscles under voluntary control to tire and become easily fatigued.
Peripheral Neuropathy — This presents as damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. This kind of neuropathy can be caused by diabetes and often affects the feet.
Trigeminal Neuralgia — This presents as facial pain and is sometimes called Tic Douloureux. It affects the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for impulses of touch, pain, pressure, and temperature sent to the brain from the face, jaw, and gums.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been found effective as conjunctive therapy for several neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and in treating pain and inflammation.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a neurological disorder or nerve pain, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment!
We are now in the midst of Winter. The season is cold, dark, and quiet. Winter is for us, as for all of nature, a time on internal work: meditation, containment, concentration, and storing our energy. We use this season for rest, and for the replenishing of our reserves, gathering strength for the year ahead. Like the seed that cannot sprout until it has gathered sufficient strength, our ideas and plans cannot manifest if our energy is dispersed or drained.
In Chinese medicine, the element associated with Winter is Water. Let us talk a little about water and its associations. Water can take on many different qualities in nature. It can take the form of a stagnant pond, or powerful rapids. It can be a smooth flowing stream, or water raging out of control. The water element can show up like this in all of us. When our water energy is balanced, we are a calm lake or stream. Our energy is moving, neither stagnant or overflowing. When we are out of balance, we may become a flooding river, or when immobilized with fear, a frozen creek.
The organs associated with winter are the kidney and bladder. In Chinese medicine, when we talk about organs, we are talking about the energetic aspects of the organ in an individual, not about Western anatomy and physiology. The kidney, in Chinese medicine, are the root of the life force energy or Qi. The kidneys create the fire and warmth to sustain bodily functions and to provide energy to the other organs. The bladder controls the expenditure of energy. You can look at the kidney as being the the bank account, and the bladder as the ATM machine. The acupuncture points along these pathways of energy can be used to fill the reserves and awaken that place within us where our real strength, courage and wisdom lie.
Abundant reserves within us give us the courage and strength of will. When we lack these reserves, we may feel fearful. In Chinese medicine, the emotion of fear is associated with the element of water and the season of winter. The emotion of a distressed water element is fear of not having enough of what it takes to meet the challenges that lie ahead, fear of being unable to complete what we have envisioned, or fear of not being prepared for what we might have to face. It is as if we do not have enough stored away to survive the winter.
How does an imbalanced water element show up in an individual? In Chinese medicine, the individual is viewed on levels of the body, mind, and spirit. Dis-ease often manifests on more than one level. On a physical level, one may feel fatigued, lacking energy (the energetic bank account or ATM depleted). Water also lubricates the body. We are, after all, 85% water! With lack of lubrication comes stiffness. Do your bones or joints hurt more in winter? Are you more anxious? Thoughts, ideas, muscles and joints move easier when they are lubricated.
In terms of the mind and spirit, do you feel like you want to do things but you simply cannot? That you seem to be stuck on the sofa with your mind saying “I should do this, or I should do that”, but you simply cannot get up enough energy to get it going? Or maybe you seem to be going all the time—frantically moving from one thing to another –always running about but never truly getting much accomplished.
Within the energy of water lies our will, our ability to keep on keeping on. So what can you do? My number one advice is to remember to take time to relax completely for at least 30 minutes during the day. This means to kick back, listen to music perhaps, but definitely relax your body and mind.
Acupuncture is not just for pain. It addresses the underlying condition and is used to balance the whole person. You cannot separate the body and the mind—balance one and you balance the other. Emotional blocks can be moved and physical symptoms can be cleared as a person is brought back into healthy balance. Just some of the areas that acupuncture addresses; the digestive, reproductive, immune and respiratory symptoms, anxiety, depression, that annoying “stuck” feeling and, of course, physical discomfort.
To maintain the fire of the kidney, a winter diet ideally would be warming and substantial with more whole grains, less fruit, and lots of steamed or baked vegetables, especially root vegetables. Soup is a great addition to the diet during winter as it is easy on the digestive system and keeps our inner fire warm. Warming herbs and spices like ginger, chili peppers and cinnamon are wonderful additions to your diet this time of year.
Exercise such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong are very good for inner balance, as they build strength, improve immune function and cultivate Qi (energy) through breathing, meditation and slow movements. If you have lower back pain, you may find that rest, warm foods, and activities that support that support your inner balance may supplement your water energy and diminish your symptoms. Remember, the kidneys and bladder are governed by water. Give them all the help you can by drinking more water.
Finally, if you receive acupuncture, winter is a great time for a tune up. If you do not receive acupuncture, winter is a great time to start building your reserves.