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Mary and Brian have never been happier since they started to see Yu Kang, LAc, RD, LD, DIPOM in March, 2012.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is for the person who wants to turn the clock back, look his or her best, feel revitalized, and enjoy it all with good health and a healthy sense of well-being. Some of the effects reported by people undergoing cosmetic acupuncture are firmer skin and jaw line, reduced and softened wrinkles, vibrant and more even skin tone, reduced or eliminated acne and rosacea, increased energy and sense of well being, reduced or eliminated hot flashes, improved digestion, reduction or elimination of insomnia.
Consider the following statistics collected by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons from 1997 through 2005:
A Plastic Surgery Nation?
Over the past decade, I have seen a marked increase in the number of people choosing to have cosmetic surgery, and choosing to do so more often than ever before. As baby boomers age and credit cards proliferate, there has been a huge surge in the demand for these services.
At the same time, there is a need for less recovery time, less risk, and less expense. We are a society that does not believe in delayed gratification.
A Different Approach
When consulting with a new patient about cosmetic acupuncture, I first tell them the "Bad" news: Cosmetic acupuncture is not a facelift. Then I share the good news: Cosmetic acupuncture is not a Face Lift.
One of the many pluses of cosmetic acupuncture is that it leaves you with no scars, rearranged tissue, or other potentially undesired side effects. However, cosmetic acupuncture may not be as dramatic as you would like. It is unable to hold your skin in place if you don’t take care of yourself. A significant illness or stressful period in your life will most likely shorten the effects of cosmetic acupuncture because your health is always reflected in your skin. However, the cosmetic acupuncture protocol can repeated following an illness or stressful event. It can also be performed periodically to help maintain the results.
Inner Health, Inner Beauty
Cosmetic Acupuncture is much more than skin deep. It is a commitment to one’s lifestyle and health, ideal for the person who wants more than just an effort at looking like his or her 20- or 30-year-old daughter. It is for the person who understands that showing up for oneself and creating a healthy lifestyle will result in a better quality of life over a longer period of time, a quality of life over a longer period of time, a quality of life that will reflect in one's inner and outer beauty.
Some of the effects reported by people undergoing cosmetic acupuncture are:
That's not to say that there are no risks, however. The most significant risk is bruising and, depending on the cosmetic acupuncture system used, there is a very slight risk of numbness after the acupuncture session.
The Mechanics of Cosmetic Acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture is a type of therapy used along with a TCM practitioners’ diagnosis and differentiation to emphasize the anti-aging properties of Chinese medicine, both from psychological and physiological standpoints.
The analysis of skin structure, both from an Eastern and Western perspective, is included in this system, along with food choices containing the nutrients that support skin health. The energetic properties of food are figured into the patient’s treatment plan based on what is found during the facial diagnosis, along with other diagnostic tools the practitioner normally uses. Besides creating balanced energy within the patient, these protocols are believed to be effective because the needling causes micro-traumas that stimulate fibroblasts (the cells that form collagen and elastin fibers). The expected longevity of the procedure is enhanced by the patient’s lifestyle and diet. The Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported in 1996 that the effects could be expected to last 3-5 years.
Making the Right Decision for You
When considering the options for cosmetic enhancement, I ask the patient to think about the following when they consider cosmetic acupuncture versus plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures:
In the event you do not heal well or have the unfortunate luck to connect with a sub-par surgeon, you cannot put a blouse over your face. Though occurrences of negative side effects from surgery or other more-invasive cosmetic procedures are rare, they are life-changing if they happen to you.
Cosmetic acupuncture is NOT surgery. Cosmetic acupuncture cannot lift eyelid skin that droops and blocks vision. Cosmetic acupuncture cannot eliminate a panniculus (abdominal apron) left from losing a significant amount of weight, another cause of back problems (due to the weight of the apron) as well as skin problems.
Cosmetic acupuncture does, however, embody the quintessential anti-aging aspects of traditional Chinese medicine.
When considering cosmetic acupuncture, it is important to meet with Yu Kang, OMD, LAc who is well versed in cosmetic acupuncture procedures and to discuss the benefits and risks, as well as long-term effects and goals. Then the patient can make an informed decision. Please call us 404-294-6284 for a free phone consultation.
Aging- The modern definition from British Encyclopaedia
"Gradual change in an organism that leads to increased risk of weakness, disease, and death."
Aging takes place in a cell, an organ or the total organism over the entire adult life span of any living thing. There is a decline in biological functions and inability to adapt to metabolic stress. Changes in organs include the replacement of functional cardiovascular cells with fibrous tissue. Overall effects of aging include reduced immunity, loss of muscle strength, decline in memory and other aspects of cognition, loss of color in the hair and elasticity in the skin. In women, the process accelerates after menopause.
Since ancient time humans have been trying to find the way of longevity and a healthy life without any illnesses. Today our life span is much longer than even that of 100 years ago in this country. Therefore, more people are interested in the way of longevity and healthy living.
In ancient China, the emperors would send people to look for an elixir to stop aging and allow them to live forever. The Emperor of the Qin dynasty, Shi Huang sent a large number of troops and herbalists all over the world for the legendary herbs ‘bu lao cao’ to give him immortality. His troops never came back with this “magical elixir”, and Emperor Shi Huang rested in his tomb waiting…
This common human desire of defying age drove the ancient Chinese to study and develop a wide range of anti-aging herbs and formulas. They are still widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the immune system and slow down aging.
Although there are many theories of anti-aging in traditional Chinese medicine, the most important one is the association of aging and decreased immuno-function.
The Axis of the Kidney Qi determines the function of the immune system. The immune system is key in anti-aging. If the immune system is weak, the Axis of the Kidney will be weak; with little to no flow of Qi. Opening this energy in the Axis of the Kidney is the primary theory of anti-aging treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
“The kidney energy is closely related to human’s birth-growth-death process in Traditional Chinese Medicine.”
Huang di nei jing , the 1st chapter of Suwen says.
“In a man, at the age of 8 the boy’s kidney energy is abundant, his hair and teeth grow. At the age of 16 his kidney energy is even more abundant, the dew of Heaven[sperm] arrives, the Essence is luxuriant and flowing, Yin and Yang are harmonized and he can produce a child. At the age of 24, the Kidney energy peaks, tendons and bones are strong, the wisdom teeth appear, and growth is at its peak. At the age of 32, tendons and bones are at their strongest, and the muscles are full and strong. At the age of 40, the Kidney is weakened, the hair begins to fall out and the teeth become loose.
At the age of 48, Yang Qi is exhausted, the face becomes darker and the hair turns grey. At the age of 56, the Liver energy is weakened, the tendons cannot move, the dew of Heaven is dried up, the Kidney becomes weak and the body begins to grow old. At the age of 64 hair and teeth are gone.”
The speed of aging is proportional to the strength of kidney energy.If Kidney Qi is strong, aging does not occur quickly.
This original Qi in the kidney is the fundamental energy of our body and the source of all the life activity as well. Therefore if Kidney Qi is good, the original Qi will flourish, the right Qi will become strong and in turn the body’s immune system will function properly. But in the weak condition of Kidney Qi, vice versa.
In modern medicine, T-cell is considered as the important substance of immune system. T-cells respond to antigens by cell to cell contact and attach to foreign cells directly in which antigens are processed before interacting with T cells.
Therefore T-cell protects its own cell, kills and inhibits proliferation of viruses and tumor cells within normal cells. This T cell’s work is activated by thymocin in the thymos. That is why the thymus is so important in the immune system.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the function of the kidney consists of the immune system, endocrine system, reproductive system, and nervous system.
There are innumerable formulas for anti-aging and longevity in the history of traditional Chinese medicine. Today, most of these herbs have been researched in laboratories in western countries finding that these herbs are widely used and proven effective in regulating and improving the immune system.
The main ingredients of these formulas are herbs such as; ling zhi, huang jing, shan zhu yu, gou qi zi, tu si zi, di huang, yu zhu, he shou wu, rou cong rong, ba ji tian, sang shen, rou gui, fu zi, yin yang huo, lu rong, zi he che, ren shen, huang qi.
Huang qi, huang jing, nu zhen zi, gou qi zi, tu si zi, bu gu zi, human placenta, yin yang huo are used to increase the transforming rate of T-cell and the functional strength of T-cell, and inhibit auto-immune disorders. These herbs have been used for cancer treatment in China.
Huang qi, Astragalus:
Ren shen, ginseng root:
Wu jia pi, Aacanthopanax root bark:
Zi he che, placenta:
These herbs are used for anti-aging and balancing the immune system. In particular, cardiovascular disorders and tumors in the elderly are related to the disturbance of the immune system.
Zhu Dan Xi of the Yuan Dynasty (1281-1358) said, “ze he che is the substance formed by the father’s sperm and the mother’s blood and the most balanced natural substance and this is the very source of the energy”
Please understand that unless there is traditional Chinese medicine doctor present to design a formula specifically for your condition, these herbs can be misused or dosed incorrectly. The good herbs may just be bad herbs for YOU.Before you take the herbs, you should have a consultation and examination from a licensed acupuncturist.
If you would like to know more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and its anti-aging benefits, please call our office at 404-294-6284 for a personalized formula that will work for YOU.
Anti-aging treatment- what to choose? Western medical approach or Chinese medical approach
Western medicine and Chinese medicine appear to advocate entirely different approaches to human health.The former focuses on a concentrated view of illness, seeing each cell as separate. It emphasizes precise measurements and documentation. In this view, patients with the same diagnosis receive the same treatment protocol and the same medication.
In contrast to Western medicine, Chinese medicine views a person as much more than the "sum of the parts". The practitioner retunes the physical, emotional and environmental factors of the patient by recognizing that each person has his or her own particular body constitution, thus treatment is tailored to each individual's symptom pattern. Patients with same diagnosis receive different treatments.
The conventional Western treatment strategies employed in facial rejuvenation can be classified according to their various aims, which include: refilling (implants, etc), relaxing (Botox), resurfacing (ablative and non-ablative), and lifting (surgery, liposuction, etc). All of these procedures serve as quick and dramatic fixes of the facial appearance. Often, they cause risk of permanent skin damage and scar tissue development as well as long recovery times, in addition to the high costs of this type of treatment.
The ability of acupuncture to improve blood circulation is a major factor in the beneficial effects of anti-aging treatments. Increased blood circulation improves oxygenation of the skin, facilitating metabolic processes and removing waste products, which promotes improvements in skin quality, color and texture. In addition, the relaxation effects of acupuncture and its ability to increase the synthesis of a range of neuropeptides, including endorphins, can enhance the appearance of the face and skin by improving sleep quality, reducing stress and improving mood. Chinese herbal medicine has proven to be very successful in adjusting female hormonal imbalances, especially menstrual irregularities and reproductive health. Often, these health conditions are related to skin issues.
Anxiety, lack of sleep, poor diet, indigestion and constipation, and hormonal imbalances all contribute to a dull complexion, acne, dark under eye circles, dry skin, wrinkles, etc. The list goes on. Will you choose a temporary fix through Western cosmetic procedures, or a true healing through Chinese medicine?
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