Sometimes, we do bonkers things to look beautiful and improve our skin, but is sticking needles in your face going too far?
Acupuncture, the practice of sticking said needles into your body, is an ancient Chinese medical practice that has been alleged to work wonders on the body. Some celebrities swear by it.
It may seem strange, but celebrities everywhere are getting acupuncture treatments. You might wonder why anyone would want their body stuck with a bunch of tiny needles, but many have claimed that it helps them experience feelings of peace, health and energy.
Celebrities who use Acupuncture:
- Jennifer Lopez: Dropped 15 pounds due to acupuncture.
- Kim Kardashian: Uses acupuncture to relax.
- Gwyneth Paltrow: Uses acupuncture to relieve back pain and menstrual cramps.
- Celine Dion: Became pregnant with twins thanks to acupuncture.
- Sheryl Crow: Treated breast cancer with acupuncture.
- Stephen Collins: Called acupuncture a “vacation in the day”.
- Natalie Portman: Used acupuncture to relieve stress during pregnancy.
- Mariah Carey: Increased fertility and decreased stress due to acupuncture.
- Robert Downey Jr.: Acupuncture keeps him healthy.
- Sandra Bullock: Says acupuncture keeps her looking young.
- Jennifer Aniston: Acupuncture aided in weight loss, made her skin glow, and helped to de-stress.
Acupuncture is officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO)
How Does Acupuncture Work?
‘Acupuncture involves stimulating certain points on the body, with a specialised needle of various lengths and sizes that penetrate the skin to various depths’, explains Dr Tsagaris.
The acupuncture points are carriers of vital energy which interconnects and interfers with all aspects of our body and mind. Not only do these points have an effect on the organs, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems but also emotional and cognitive functions too.
So essentially, we’re tapping into our internal energies via specific points on our body and there are numerous ailments that acupuncture can help to fix.
What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture?
Not only is acupuncture used for health reasons, but also it is very popular in the area of cosmetics. According to many experts, acupuncture is similar to a Botox treatment when applied to the face. Practitioners claim that it helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines as well as lift saggy skin and improve skin texture in a very subtle way. for cosmetic acupuncture, needles are inserted into deeper layers of the face and neck and they change the muscle blood flow locally at different levels. This treatment can increase the hydration levels and elasticity of the skin, enhancing volume for a rejuvenated appearance whilst triggering the production of collagen and elastin.
So How Does That Effect The Rest Of Your Body?
The point is that the body is interconnected via this invisible energy and certain parts of the body are more connected. Our skin health is related to the rest of our body. For example, Dr Tsagaris explains how the heart is linked to circulation in the skin, and the lungs are more connected to pore size. The spleen is connected to sebum production and the liver to pigmentation or age spots.
Acupuncture Helps Celebrities Manage Pain
There are many demands on celebrities, from demanding schedules to maintaining their good looks. But even more important is being able to stay active. Pain is one reason many performers, athletes and actors aren’t able to stay as active as they would like. Many celebrities use acupuncture to help them manage chronic pain and heal from injuries.
According to mega-star Katy Perry in an interview, “My knees are giving out on me now. I do acupuncture every two to three days.” Similarly, Madonna uses acupuncture after a concert to help her manage joint pain.
Using acupuncture on a regular basis reduces inflammation and heals bruising by promoting good blood flow. It also promotes endorphin release which alleviates pain. Acupuncture also often works when other forms of pain management fails.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Inserting needles in your skin is a terrifying concept for many but Dr Tsagaris maintains that it is not a painful procedure. ‘The sensation is variable according to the individual and any sensitivity accelerates the healing response and regenerative abilities of the skin.