A famous formula "Liu Wei Di Huang" now in widespread use in modern China, was originally related to the Yellow Emperor who wished to gain immortality. He obviously failed in his attempt to live forever ! But his legacy has left a wonderfully rich knowledge of herbs that are magnificent at boosting hormones, nutrients and energy in the body. These lead to enhancing health and healing, and to slowing down the aging of the human body and mind. It is very common for the Chinese both old and young, to take Chinese Herbs to maintain youthful qualities and appearances.
The first references to the use of Cosmetic Acupuncture dates back to the Song Dynasty in China. The Chinese Empresses used these treatments to stay youthful, healthy and vibrant. Since then Acupuncture beauty treatments have been a common part of the anti-aging routine of the upper and middle classes in China.
In 1996, a report in the International Journal Of Clinical Acupuncture, stated that out of 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, ninety per cent of the recipients had marked improvements with one course of treatment, (a course being twelve to twenty treatment sessions).
But the effects do not just end there. A good acupuncturist will also place needles in strategic points around the body to strengthen digestion and the production of healthy blood from your food intake.
Also into points relating to boosting hormones, which are essential long term in the regeneration of every cell in your body and the slowing down of aging.
And in points to relax the mind, to free it from stress and anxiety, which can be very damaging to your appearance.
Any other weak areas will also be enhanced. The goal of Chinese Medicine is always to bring the body and mind into a state of balance, where it is strong, happy and healthy. Less than that is considered to be inferior low quality medicine.
If you want to create a beautiful flower, then you must feed and nourish the roots. In this case to make a healthy, glowing, beautiful face, Chinese Medicine will strengthen the body and its organs that feed the face with hormones, nutritious blood and powerful energy.
Usually you can start to see improvements in complexion after a few treatments and improvements in lines and wrinkles etc. after five or six sessions. (But this is dependent on the initial health of the client, some clients get results far quicker when they are in reasonably good health to begin with). Any advice from your practitioner in relation to diet and lifestyle should be followed, and if so then the results should be long lasting.
Top ups once every six months are a good idea to prolong the results.
This treatment in the short term won't produce the dramatic effects of a surgical face lift but in the longer term things might be very different. Most people are unaware that when you receive a surgical face lift that thousands of tiny blood vessels can not be re-joined successfully, thus diminishing circulation into the face and actually increasing the speed at which your face will age after the procedure.
Of course, as with any surgery there may be other serious complications too. And also there will be severe bruising and a recovery time necessary.
This type of surgery obviously does nothing to enhance your overall health or help you reduce stress levels. It may even help deplete some of your vital anti-aging hormones which are used up in trying to recover from the invasive operation.
With botox, there are still questions as to its long term safety and effectiveness. And again botox will do nothing for your overall health and wellbeing.
Cosmetic Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy are completely safe in the hands of a fully qualified practitioner. There is no chance of disfigurement or any serious complications. There is no trauma or heavy bruising and hence no recovery time needed.
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