acupuncture for wrinkles

acupuncture for wrinkles

Facial acupuncture, or “cosmetic acupuncture,” as it’s sometimes called, is “a little bit more beauty-focused in that we are putting needles in the face to stimulate collagen production, improve skin quality, help heal acne, help heal acne scars, but we are also still using body points,”

A typical facial acupuncture treatment involves about 40 needles in the face and 12 needles on the body, though that can vary depending on an individual’s skin goals. However, the exact amount of needles needed for the procedure depends on each patient’s needs. Needles are left in the skin for about 20 to 25 minutes. Typically, a session will last about 45 to 90 minutes however; each clinic has its own packages that not only include facial acupuncture but a full body treatment too. Generally, a course of treatment consists of 10-12 sessions. The effects become most noticeable and lasting on or about the sixth to seventh session. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to and during the treatment series. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five to ten years.

But how can needles inserted into your face help rejuvenate your skin?

Each needle that is applied to your face will cause a positive micro-trauma in your skin. This positive trauma sends signals for your skin to increase the blood flow to the affected areas and naturally produce collagen. The increase in blood and oxygen to your face will not only help your skin repair itself, but many patients have found the treatment to be incredibly relaxing! By increasing blood flow to certain areas through acupuncture, the skin appears to look more youthful, radiant, and toned.

3 Principles of Cosmetic Acupuncture:

Qi & Meridian: Regulation of Qi, Balancing Organs, Vitalize Skin Tone

Skin Tissue: Local Circulation, Tissue Reconstruction

Muscle and Fascia: Facial Symmetry, Reducing Dynamic Wrinkles

Acupuncture for cosmetic use: a systematic review of prospective studies:

Two randomized controlled trials and 5 single-armed prospective trials with 216 participants (150 from randomized controlled trials, 66 from single-armed studies) were included. This systematic review suggests that a few trials regarding acupuncture for cosmetic use have incorporated rigorous designs. Although the studies reported generally positive results with tolerable safety, the methodology of the trials should be updated in a rigorous manner, including the use of randomized, sham-controlled studies with standardized interventions, in order to provide sufficient evidence regarding the effects of cosmetic acupuncture.

Effect of thread embedding acupuncture for facial wrinkles and laxity: a single-arm, prospective, open-label study:

This single-arm, prospective, open-label study recruited participants who were women aged 40–59 years. Fourteen participants received thread embedding acupuncture one time and were measured before and after 1 week from the procedure. In this study, thread embedding acupuncture showed clinical potential for facial wrinkles and laxity. However, further large-scale trials with a controlled design and objective measurements are needed.

Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture

Reduce fine lines and diminish wrinkles

Reduce eye bags

Eliminate puffiness

Lift droopy eyelids

Minimise double chins

Moisturise the skin with increased blood circulation to the face

Increase collagen production

Reduce of stress evident in the face

Firm skin and muscle tone

Firm jowls

Tighten large pores

Brighten the eyes

Improve hormonal balance to help acne

Bring out the innate beauty and vibrant glow of an individual


Acupuncture was first mentioned and recorded in documents dating a few hundred years BC. Earlier instead of needles, sharpened stones and long sharp bones were used around 6000 BC for acupuncture treatment.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the complete meridian/organ system converges in the face. The proper functioning of the body’s meridian system directly affects the aging process and facial appearance.

When the internal system is balanced and abundant in Qi and blood, the essence is then distributed everywhere in the body and the face tends to have a healthy glow or ‘qi flow’. Cosmetic acupuncture needles create stimulation to areas of facial tissue by increasing the circulation of blood flow to the wrinkles and thus producing more collagen production, resulting in less wrinkle formation. When the internal system is unbalanced however, it will reflect poorly in the face from the overall color, condition and feel which can cause acne, premature wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, dull, dry and flaking skin or pale skin in appearance.



stress eating

stress eating

There is much truth behind the phrase “stress eating.” Stress, the hormones it unleashes, and the effects of high-fat, sugary “comfort foods” push people toward overeating. Researchers have linked weight gain to stress, and according to an American Psychological Association survey, about one-fourth of Americans rate their stress level as 8 or more on a 10-point scale.

In the short term, stress can shut down appetite. The nervous system sends messages to the adrenal glands atop the kidneys to pump out the hormone epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). Epinephrine helps trigger the body’s fight-or-flight response, a revved-up physiological state that temporarily puts eating on hold.

But if stress persists, it’s a different story. The adrenal glands release another hormone called cortisol, and cortisol increases appetite and may also ramp up motivation in general, including the motivation to eat. Once a stressful episode is over, cortisol levels should fall, but if the stress doesn’t go away — or if a person’s stress response gets stuck in the “on” position — cortisol may stay elevated.

Stress also seems to affect food preferences. Numerous studies — granted, many of them in animals — have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both. High cortisol levels, in combination with high insulin levels, may be responsible. Other research suggests that ghrelin, a “hunger hormone,” may have a role.

Eating activates the parts of the brain that are associated with the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the relaxation response. As soon as we start eating, we begin shifting into a state of relaxation on some level.

You can change nervous eating habits, and I suggest below how to deal with emotional eating.

But depending on how nervous you are as well as the intensity of your nervous eating experiences, you may benefit from professional help. I

Ways to Deal With Anxious Eating

  • a hot bath
  • a massage
  • listening to relaxing music
  • lavender candles or essential oils
  • meditation
  • watching the waves at the ocean
  • basking in the sun
  • snuggling a pet

Acupuncture produces results by subtly altering and enhancing physiological functions, i.e. soothing and calming the nerves while simultaneously curbing the appetite, and raising the metabolic rate while increasing energy and eliminating excess fluid.  Thus, acupuncture presents a more balanced gentle alternative to harsh, one-sided obesity control techniques more commonly available.


How to Deal with Nervous Eating and Curb Cravings

tips to reduce cellulite

tips to reduce cellulite

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a skin condition that affects up to 98% of women. It involves multiple systems in the body—making it hard to treat—but on a basic level: It is caused by fibrous bands that connect muscles to skin. When fat deposits push against the skin, it causes a rippling or bulging effect since those fibrous bands are pulling the skin down in the dimpled areas. It primarily appears in the thighs, buttocks, or stomach. Even though the condition has to do with fat cells, it is not only present in those who are overweight; you are also genetically predisposed to it.

Can you reduce it naturally?

Because it’s genetically linked and because of the tricky structure explained above, completely eliminating or preventing it is nearly impossible.

Caffeine creams or scrubs

Caffeine, however, is thought to dehydrate cells, making the appearance less bumpy. In this small study, researchers found that applying water-soluble caffeine twice daily has the ability to penetrate the dermis, reducing the appearance of cellulite within six weeks. Caffeine is thought to help by improving blood flow to the area and tightening skin, although the exact mechanism is not understood.

Topical retinoids

Another topical ingredient that’s been studied on the area is retinoids, an active derived from vitamin A best known in skin care for targeting aging and acne. However, in this study, volunteers who used the 0.3% topical cream showed improvement—increased blood flow and improved skin density were also both reported.

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic massage techniques seem to be incredibly effective at reducing the appearance, as shown in two studies involving manual and mechanical lymph massage. Since lymphatic stimulation increases circulation throughout the body, that likely has an effect on the skin condition. It required patients to undergo at least three treatments a week, with one study’s treatment lasting for four hours per daily session.

Bioactive collagen peptide

In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, women who had moderate cellulite took a daily dose of 2.5 grams of bioactive collagen peptides (of porcine derivation, so not suitable for vegetarians), which led to a statistically significant reduction in the appearance of waves and dimples. Within the study, it took about six months to see full results.

Toning muscles and weight loss

This is a tricky one: We know that any size of person can have cellulite, and that even though this has to do with fat cells, it’s not directly related to a person’s weight. However, research does suggest that improved muscle definition and weight loss in the area can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. But that same research also shows that in some cases weight loss increased the appearance of cellulite, as the skin was looser, especially in women with a lower initial body-mass index.

Natural self-tanners

Purely anecdotal, but many women claim that having tanned skin helps blur the appearance of cellulite.


An acupuncture treatment for cellulite will aim to improve blood circulation, reduce stress, and drain and detoxify the body by improving the metabolic functions of the cells in the body. Acupuncture will attempt to target the cellulite at its source, by nourishing connective skin tissues inside and out


Dark Circles Under Your Eyes: Causes and Treatments

Dark Circles Under Your Eyes: Causes and Treatments

Dark circles under the eyes are a common complaint of both men and women, although they can occasionally be seen in children. As people age, the skin becomes thinner and collagen is lost, sometimes enhancing the appearance of blood vessels beneath the eyes and making the area appear darker. Dark circles under the eyes are not necessarily a sign of tiredness, but stress and fatigue seem to worsen the facial appearance of many people, including their tendency to develop dark circles

Conditions like fluid imbalance or local swelling that lead to puffy or swollen eyelids can cause shadows that make the area under the eyes appear darker.

Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can darken.

Allergic reactions and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. When you have an allergic reaction, your body release histamines as a response to harmful bacteria. Other than causing uncomfortable symptoms — including itchiness, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines also cause your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible beneath your skin.

Allergies can also increase your urge to rub and scratch the itchy skin around your eyes. These actions can worsen your symptoms, causing inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes

Dehydration is a common cause of dark circles under your eyes. When your body is not receiving the proper amount of water, the skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and your eyes look sunken.

Overexposure to the sun can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin, the pigment that provides your skin with color. Too much sun — particularly for your eyes — can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken.

Family history also plays a part in developing dark circles under your eyes. It can be an inherited trait seen early in childhood, and may worsen as you age or slowly disappear. Predispositions to other medical conditions — such as thyroid disease — can also result in dark circles beneath your eyes.

Treatment for dark eye circles depends on the underlying cause. However, there are some home remedies that can help manage this condition. Some of the more common methods include:

  • Apply a cold compress. A cold compress can help reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels. This can reduce the appearance of puffiness and help eliminate dark circles.
  • Get extra sleep. Catching up on sleep can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles.
  • Elevate your head with a few pillows to prevent fluid from pooling under your eyes which can make them look puffy and swollen.

Medical treatments

  • chemical peels to reduce pigmentation
  • laser surgery to resurface the skin and enhance skin tightening
  • medical tattoos to inject pigment into thinning skin areas
  • tissue fillers to conceal blood vessels and melanin that are causing skin discoloration beneath your eyes.
  • fat removal to remove excess fat and skin, revealing a smoother and more even surface

Cosmetic acupuncture consequently promotes better flow of energy throughout the body and promotes the good functioning of the circulatory system.

In acupuncture, if any of your body organs are not functioning optimally, it obstructs the proper circulation of blood and oxygen, causing a build-up of energy that is unable to flow through your body. In the case of your eye bags and dark circles, these definitely may be caused by poor blood and oxygen circulation, causing nerves around your eyes to bulge and bodily fluids to leak and get stuck under and around your eyes.

In this case, undergoing a cosmetic acupuncture for dark circles may help in ridding your eyes of those unsightly dark circles and tired eyes.


Catgut embedding the beauty of your skin is guaranteed

Catgut embedding the beauty of your skin is guaranteed

Acupuncture specialists and surgeons in Russia and then in other countries created a valuable and new style in acupuncture. This method often is effective and impressive. A particular advantage of catgut embedding, for example, instead of regular evaluation sessions at 2 or 3 times a week, can visited once a month.

Catgut Embedding

Catgut embedding method also called Embedding of thread, we use of resorbable surgical thread. Thread in a small size and with a simple process, implanted under the skin and absorbed in the body between 21 to 30 days later.

During this time, planted threads, with continuous stimulation of the acupuncture point, the needles are doing their work. without the need for repeated visits.

Catgut Embedding and skin rejuvenation

The planting absorbable suture instead of repeated sessions of acupuncture is a new technique of acupuncture that today, in many countries such as Korea, France, America and so has found many fans among doctors and clients. Embedding thread is delivered to the appropriate position of the skin by different types and shapes of beauty needle. Embedding thread into skin tissue can stimulate collagen production, that is, the regeneration of protein affecting skin compactness, thereby improving skin.This thread will absorbed in the body after two to three months but until this time has been able to stimulate weave of collagen and Fibroblast in a way that we need. Also creating transparency and setting pores, will treated wrinkles, lines and sagging as well as an admirable. The strategic value of this method is its natural and formation of collagen. Actually, the natural of skin provides therapeutic response and that is because of the low toxicity and side effects of face Embedding method. This technique caused treatment is 20 to 30 sessions of acupuncture.

Advantages Catgut Embedding

Skin rejuvenation with using catgut Embedding method (Which is sometimes also called Embedding) is popular for several reasons:

  • High durability of the effects of acupuncture
  • Simply perform this procedure
  • Thread planting, only in one or two treatment sessions
  • The remarkable therapeutic powers in skin wrinkles and sagging facial treatment
  • Absence of significant side effects

Areas where can Catgut Embedding

Today skin rejuvenation with using catgut embedding method done both to treat and to prevent skin aging process in developed countries and best age for this method is from 25 to 55 years. Facial Rejuvenation thread can used in the following areas:

  • Laughter line
  • The top lip line
  • Bottom lines lips
  • Sadness line
  • The lines above and below the chin
  • Frown lines
  • Side and around of eyes lines
  • Drooping of eyebrows
  • Drooping of chin and cheeks


What methods have you tried to lose weight?

What methods have you tried to lose weight?

Consider all of the different ways that losing weight may improve your social life, your medical and psychological health. studies show that just a 5 to 10 percent decrease in your weight can change your health. Health Benefits of Losing Weight:

  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of certain cancers
  • Decreased joint pain and back pain
  • Decreased risk of stroke
  • More active social life
  • Greater confidence
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved body image

Four popular weight loss strategies 

  • Cut calories

Some experts believe that successfully managing your weight comes down to a simple equation: If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight. When you cut calories, you may drop weight for the first few weeks, for example, and then something changes. You eat the same number of calories but you lose less weight or no weight at all. That’s because when you lose weight you’re losing water and lean tissue as well as fat, your metabolism slows, and your body changes in other ways. So, in order to continue dropping weight each week, you need to continue cutting calories.

  • Cut carbs

A different way of viewing weight loss identifies the problem as not one of consuming too many calories, but rather the way the body accumulates fat after consuming carbohydrates—in particular the role of the hormone insulin. Most low-carb diets advocate replacing carbs with protein and fat, which could have some negative long-term effects on your health.

  • Cut fat

It’s a mainstay of many diets: if you don’t want to get fat, don’t eat fat. Not all fat is bad. Healthy or “good” fats can actually help to control your weight, as well as manage your moods and fight fatigue. Unsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts, seeds, soy milk, tofu, and fatty fish can help fill you up, while adding a little tasty olive oil to a plate of vegetables.

  • Follow the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating good fats and good carbs along with large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish, and olive oil—and only modest amounts of meat and cheese. The Mediterranean diet is more than just about food, though. Regular physical activity also major components.

Acupuncture for weight loss

Acupuncture is an ancient traditional medicine that involves inserting thin, filiform or solid needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture needles are typically inserted into the skin about 1/4 of an inch deep, up to 1/2 an inch, depending on the style of acupuncture and the desired effects to improve the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. Advocates of acupuncture for weight loss believe that acupuncture can stimulate the body’s energy flow (chi) to impact factors that can reverse obesity such as: increasing metabolism, reducing appetite, lowering stress and affecting the part of the brain that feels hunger. Weight gain, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is caused by body imbalance. That imbalance, according to ancient teachings, can be caused by a malfunctioning: liver, spleen, kidney, thyroid gland, endocrine system.So, for weight loss, acupuncture treatments commonly target these areas of the body.

While acupuncture can treat a myriad of health conditions, for weight loss, acupuncture along with a healthy diet and lifestyle shows a measurable effect over health and lifestyle alone.


How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Increase breast size by a safe, Without Surgery procedure

Increase breast size by a safe, Without Surgery procedure

Large, round and firm breasts are what many women desire to have. For many, full breasts symbolize beauty and enhance a woman’s femininity. The beauty industry is flooded with a variety of breast enlargement options ranging from creams, pills and hormonal injections to expensive surgical options.

Surgery to increase breast size

It is one of the most popular, and therefore, most widely performed surgeries. Breast augmentation/enhancement surgery is a procedure which increases or restores the size of breasts using fillers such as silicone gel implants, saline implants, and in some cases through fat transfer.The risks associated with a breast implant surgery include:

  • Risk of implant rupture and leakage.
  • Breast pain will occur for few days after surgery.
  • There could be visible lumps or rippling
  • Complications arising due to anesthesia, hemorrhage, infections, hematoma, or thrombosis.
  • Medical complications such as fibromyalgia or a thyroid problem, skin necrosis, thrombosis, capsular contracture, and delayed wound healing.

Natural ways to increase breast size

Although breast implants are a common practice nowadays, you may still feel quite scared and unpleasant to insert an artificial material inside your body.So today I want to show you ways to enlarge your breast, without surgery.

Try Breast Enhancement Products: Using breast enlargement products are one of the most common practice to increase your breast size. The goal of these breast enlargement products is to increase the production of hormones that can enlarge your breasts. These hormones include: estrogen،progesterone and growth hormone. Increasing these hormones in your body can stimulate your breast growth.

Using Breast Enlarging Herbs breast enlarging herbs: There are different types of plant supplements and herbs purported to stimulate breast growth, which can be purchased either online or at the local stores in your area. These herbs include: Fenugreek، Fennel seeds.

Trying Breast Massage breast massage: Massaging your breasts with correct technique is likely to promote slight breast growth.When massaging your breasts, it is important you use special oils or creams meant to encourage growth.

Exercising Regularly: Generally, there are certain workouts that can make a person’s breasts look bigger. it is important you ask the gym instructor to guide you through.

Eating Foods Containing Estrogen breast enhancing fruit: As prior discussed, this female hormone has the potential of increasing size of breasts.Here are the various types of foods you should consider consuming, which are rich in estrogen. plum, cherry, grapefruit, and pomegranate ،alfalfa sprout, beet, kale, and green bean ،peanut, walnut, and pistachio،wheat, barley, and rice ،soy milk, soy yogurt, soybean.

Breast enhancement by Acupuncture

The breast enlargement acupuncture has caught the attention of many women. Women who want to increase the size of their boobs are always in search of a new method to augment their bustline. Most women nowadays would like to go for natural methods. The principle of breast enhancement by acupuncture is to provide a great profusion of vital energy (Qi energy in Chinese) and blood circulations for the chest through the adjustment of physical conditioning so that sufficient nutrition supplied by the advanced circulation of vital energy and blood makes the breast grow naturally. In fact, the breast enhancement by acupuncture is to stimulate the growth of the breast. It is also effective to postmenopausal women.


  1. The breast enhancement by acupuncture is very safe.
  2. Its advantage is safe without side effect.
  3. The breast enhancement by acupuncture not only makes breast develop, but also improve the existing sub health status, such as grey complexion, fatigue, irregular period, dysmenorrhea, insomnia, acne, chloasma.
  4. Improving skin elasticity and strengthening the ligaments
  5. Restoring sex, emotional, and hormonal balance.


7 Ways to Enlarge Your Breast (Without Surgery)

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acupuncture for local fats

acupuncture for local fats

Many believe that obesity results from eating too much and exercising too little. This is certainly true in most cases; but the digestive system and metabolic functioning can also play a role in how one’s body stores fat, even among active individuals who eat sparingly.

Weight loss is as difficult as easy as it sounds. While the internet is flooded with all the tricks, tips, diets and workouts but still weight loss is not easy for many. Acupuncture may be the answer for you all as it is a recent weight loss trend that has taken over the markets.

According to Chinese medicine, when a person is healthy then the ‘qi’ (life energy) flows freely through meridians (a network of channels) through the body. But when these channels are blocked, the result is pain and sickness.  Acupuncture is an insertion of very fine needles into the specific meridians which are blocked; this insertion clears blockages and promotes a healthy flow of energy throughout the body.

How can it help one lose weight?

Acupuncture doesn’t make the fat melt off but research shows that acupuncture can affect a part of the brain that makes you feel hunger. Not only does it reduce hunger but also activates your feel-good neurotransmitters which can reduce stress and which in turn can help you lose weight, if you know anxiety is a major reason behind people’s weight gain.

Acupuncture might reduce inflammation.

In one small 2015 study, 80 obese people received three to six months of acupuncture while eating a low-calorie diet. Not only did the treatment help them lose weight, but it also reduced the amount of inflammation in their bodies, which studies have linked to obesity.

If you use acupuncture while you are trying to lose weight you’re most likely to get the best results if you pair the treatment with healthy lifestyle changes—such as a calorie-controlled, nutritious diet and a program of regular physical activity.

“Natural, sustainable weight loss and healthy metabolism function involve a multidimensional mind-body-spirit understanding of the ways in which your emotions, beliefs, lifestyle, energy, and food all affect your body,” says Oh. Before you commit, make sure your acupuncturist values addressing all those factors—not just the idea of a cure-all poke.


Cosmetic Acupuncture VS. Botox

Cosmetic Acupuncture VS. Botox

Facial Renewal Acupuncture stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine, where focusing on treating the root of a symptom or illness allows for balance within the body, mind and spirit. This in turn will create optimal health where prevention is the key.

Botulinum Toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which is considered the most powerful neurotoxin ever discovered and the most acutely toxic natural substance known.

There are three forms of Botulism, and all forms lead to paralysis that typically starts with the muscles of the face and then spreads towards the limbs. In severe forms, it leads to paralysis of the breathing muscles and causes respiratory failure. In small doses though, Botulinum Toxin can be very effective temporarily as it decreases muscle activity.

In ancient theories of Chinese Medicine, the face is thought of as a reflection of what is happening internally with the body. Therefore, with FRA, it’s as important to know what symptoms a patient may have with their digestive system (or other systems), as it is that they have jowls or bags under their eyes. Once the patient has been diagnosed with a Root syndrome and acupuncture body points have been chosen according to the pattern, we then look to the facial concerns. The basic concept is that by inserting needles locally on the face, circulation is increased, flooding the area with red and white blood cells and allowing collagen and elastin to form. Depending on the individual constitution, acupuncture points are chosen either to relax or strengthen muscles along energy meridians, or at the meeting point of a muscle and nerve.

Botox® injection treatments work to relax the muscle at motor nerve endings to block the release of acetylcholine (the chemical that causes muscles to contract). It is used for the temporary improvement in the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, etc.

The benefits of FRA are both internal and external. If a patient has symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, constipation and anxiety, this will be addressed, treating the patient holistically. Some of the external benefits include improving muscle tone, eliminating fine lines, as well as reducing bags and sagging jowls. FRA is also very esthetically effective in tightening the neck, lifting drooping eyelids, tightening the pores and improving facial color. Significant findings are that it can reduce symptoms of Bell’s palsy, TMJ, neuropathies, and helps stroke patients.

Botox® simply diminishes wrinkles, creating a more smoothed appearance.

FRA initial treatments can take between 90–120 minutes, and subsequent visits can be anywhere from 60-90 minutes depending on the practitioner and what they include within the treatment.

Botox® takes only ten minutes after the initial consultation.

FRA should be done with a course of treatment to have a noticeable result. A recommended course of treatment will be discussed by the practitioner within the initial session. Ideally this ranges between 10-15 sessions depending on the age, health, habits of a patient. After the first course of acupuncture sessions, maintenance treatments are required. Of course the aging process cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed down. If a patient starts treatment within their twenties or thirties, likely there will be a significant decrease in health issues, as well as a more radiant face.

Botox® can last anywhere from 3-8 months, with the average being 4 months. At which point the patient would return for the next treatment.

FRA side effects may include bruising and puffiness. The possibility of infection, nerve injury, or allergic reaction to the topical applications is very rare.

Most side effects from cosmetic application of Botox® are mild and temporary. These include paralysis of the wrong muscle group, allergic reaction, headaches, trouble swallowing, flu-like symptoms, blurred vision, dry mouth, fatigue, and swelling/redness at injection site. Due to how the drug is administered there can be bruising, drooping eyelid, double vision, uneven smile, or loss of the ability to close eyes, which should wear off within six weeks.


Acupuncture for Weight Loss: Does It Work?

Acupuncture for Weight Loss: Does It Work?

Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medical practice of stimulating specific points on the body, primarily with the insertion of very thin needles through the skin.

Acupuncture has been the focus of many studies on its ability to manage pain — especially for headache and neck, back, knee, and osteoarthritis pain.

There have not, however, been as many studies on how acupuncture can help with other health issues such as weight loss.

Advocates of acupuncture for weight loss believe that acupuncture can stimulate the body’s energy flow (chi) to impact factors that can reverse obesity such as:

increasing metabolism

reducing appetite

lowering stress

affecting the part of the brain that feels hunger

Weight gain, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is caused by body imbalance. That imbalance, according to ancient teachings, can be caused by a malfunctioning:




thyroid gland

endocrine system

So, for weight loss, acupuncture treatments commonly target these areas of the body. Using points along with the stomach and kidney channel systems, it is possible to improve the function of the digestive system, which can increase the number of nutrients absorbed by the body. By improving digestion and gut health, one can address symptoms such as constipation and bloating, as well as other gastrointestinal issues that lead to weight gain.

Leptin and ghrelin are the hunger hormones in the body; ghrelin tells the body that it is hungry, while leptin tells the body that it is full. Acupuncture can modulate the levels of these hormones to reduce appetite and curb overeating and snacking habits.

Inflammation in the gut, muscles and other tissues of the body can slow down the metabolism which can strain the immune, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. By modulating inflammation and regulating the immune response of the body, acupuncture for weight loss can reduce oxidative stress and optimize weight loss.

Acupuncture is able to induce the release of endorphins in the body, which are feel-good hormones that can reduce stress and anxiety. Many people overeat when they have high levels of stress hormones or are feeling overwhelmed. Acupuncture can help to eliminate those urges.

Acupuncture is able to stimulate the thyroid and pituitary glands, which are key players in relation to metabolism. By stimulating these endocrine glands, acupuncture can increase baseline metabolism to improve fat-burning, making exercise and daily activities more effective, resulting in more calories burned and potential weight loss.

Ear acupuncture for weight loss

The ear is another area that acupuncture practitioners target for weight loss. It’s believed that food cravings can be controlled by manipulating points on the ear.

This is a similar treatment to that used by acupuncture practitioners to help smokers and drug users end their addictions.

How many sessions will I need?

Although different acupuncture practitioners recommend different levels and lengths of treatment, if you plan on losing 10 to 15 pounds, having several treatments a week for six to eight weeks is a common program.