According to Chinese medical theory ,skin desease is influenced by three essential factors: wind, heat and dampness. These influences may be external, as evidenced by the fact that many patients feel their condition worsens during damp weather. Or, the influence may be inside the body, emanating from the spleen, the stomach, or the lungs. This is why some patients also have digestive or breathing problems.
One of the treatments in acupuncture is called acupuncture rejuvenation, which requires a licensed acupuncturist to insert disposable, hair-thin needles into the skin, which seems to stop the aging process. The acupuncture needles are inserted into wrinkles and frown lines, eventually making them vanish.
This process brings blood to the skin and face, which is called rejuvenation.Acupuncture treatments help erase fine lines and reduce deeper lines, reduce sagginess, lift droopy eyelids, and can clear or reduce age spots. When acupuncture needles are inserted, a production of collagen and elastic may be stimulated causing the skin to plump up. This type of acupuncture stimulates the skin cells to lay down new collagen fibers under wrinkles, thereby filling them in. The acupuncture needles relax the muscles, which combats sagging in facial areas.
In TCM, Sichuan lovage, gaoben, ligustrum, and Chines hawthorn are used topically to treat brown patches on the skin. The former two have been demonstrated to have tyrosinase inhibitory activity, scientific evidence indicating that these herbs can block excessive pigmentation of the skin.
Herbs Beneficial to Skin
Many herbs are beneficial to the skin and are used both internally and externally for this purpose. They normally have one or more of the following traditional properties: benefits/improves complexion, removes heat, removes toxins, removes swelling, invigorates/nourishes blood, lightens skin, moistens the skin/removes dryness, prevents scar formation, promotes flesh growth, etc. The following are some common ones: lycium fruit, ligustrum, astragalus, licorice, Chinese hawthorn, sanqi (Panax notoginseng), reishi (ganoderma), common jujube, red and white peony root, luffa, safflower flower, Sichaun lovage (Ligusticum chuanxiong rhizome), gaoben (Ligusticum sinense root/rhizome), etc.
Cosmetic acupuncture stirs the energy pot. It moves energy through the body, with needles not only in the face but also the feet, legs, arms, head and ears, which stimulates collagen production and brings blood to the face, according to Lucas. The recommended course for treatment is 12 to 16 weeks with monthly maintenance treatments after that.