Facial Acupuncture, an Ancient Wrinkle-Busting Alternative

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Charmaine Shepherd and Laura Garland November 19, 2008 – Press Dispensary – With facelifts falling out of favour and concerns about long-term effects fuelling a Botox backlash, many beauty-conscious Brits are searching for a more holistic approach to banish lines and ward off wrinkles. Qualified acupuncturist Charmaine Shepherd has teamed up with health and beauty therapist Laura Garland to offer facial revitalisation acupuncture – the so-called ‘acupuncture facelift’ – at the Jan de Vries Clinic in Edinburgh, and is reporting astonishing anti-ageing results.

Facial acupuncture has been widely used in China for centuries to prevent the onset of facial lines, with fans claiming that regular treatment delays the signs of ageing by relieving muscle tension and dealing with underlying health concerns that could be causing skin problems. A-listers from Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow to Cher and Lucy Liu are already reported to be devotees of the ancient therapy.

Charmaine says: “Since the time of Confucius, the Chinese have promoted health and beauty in tandem, believing that your physical condition is reflected in your skin. There are usually underlying symptoms that cause dark circles and puffy, wrinkled or pigmented skin. Acupuncture creates a balance in the whole body to address any health problems and slow the signs of ageing.”

Charmaine and Laura begin with a full assessment of a patient’s lifestyle, health and wellbeing using Chinese medicine diagnostics, including facial interpretation, before devising a personal course of treatment.

Very fine needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points to stimulate the production of collagen, increase the blood flow to the face to boost the supply of oxygen and nutrients, and help smooth out fine lines and reduce bags, dark shadows and age spots.

Laura complements the acupuncture treatment with moxibustion, a traditional Chinese medicine technique involving burning an infusion of herbs to stimulate acupoints and promote the body’s ability to heal. She then uses lymphatic drainage, acupressure and low level laser treatment to bring vitality and glow to the skin. A custom-made treatment is also created for each client using pure essential oils and organic botanical extracts.

Many patients report sleeping better, having higher energy levels and better overall health – as well as younger looking skin. For the best results, the treatment should be performed weekly for six sessions, after which monthly maintenance is recommended. Sessions are priced at £90.

Laura says: “The wrinkle-smoothing effects of Restylane and Botox wear off, but facial acupuncture, moxibustion and lymphatic drainage help transform the skin from the inside out. Patients can appear years younger after just a few sessions, and they feel healthier too. So forget facelifts, chemicals and expensive creams – using needles to treat the face results in beauty that’s more than skin deep.”

For further information, please contact:
Charmaine Shepherd, acupuncturist, Jan de Vries Healthcare
Tel: 0131 558 7000
Email: charmaine@acuhealthuk.com
Site: www.acuhealthuk.com

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