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The Eastern Facelift
The Eastern Facelift

Chinese Medicine for Beauty

Michelle Gellis, M.Ac., L.Ac.

The empresses of dynasties 3,000 years gone by had their beauty secrets, and, courtesy of Chinese Medicine, so can you. The ancient Chinese employed several methods to help maintain a youthful appearance and avoid the sagging, wrinkling facial appearance that aging brings.

The Facial Rejuvenation techniques of Acupuncture, Cupping, and Gua Sha are in use again today by Chinese medicine practitioners, and are achieving noticeable results. Any of these treatments can be used stand-alone or in combination.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Gentle, effective, and safe, facial rejuvenation with acupuncture combats aging with no toxic chemicals and no risk of scars, rashes, or infections. Hair-thin needles are gently placed and are almost imperceptible. Simple and relaxing acupuncture points can stimulate facial muscles to actually lift themselves while also improving circulation, building collagen, and stimulating blood flow. Not only do wrinkles fade, but this acupuncture can improve sleep, digestion, and overall vitality, too.

Facial Cupping

A cupping therapy session utilizes small facial cups with a light vacuum suction. After applying a lotion, these are "parked" for a few seconds over a deep wrinkle to increase blood flow, and then possibly moved along the face and down the neck to drain lymphatic fluid and stimulate blood flow. The benefits include increased circulation to the skin, drawing nutrients to the surface, and enhancing absorption of lotions or serums.

This treatment will bring collagen to the surface, reduce dark circles, diminish lines, and drain the sinuses and lymphatic system. Conditions such as TMJ and sinus pressure also can be relieved. Patients often describe feeling very relaxed, with a deep warmth and tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended. Facial cupping is entirely painless.

Facial Gua Sha

Facial gua sha is a technique in which specially crafted hand-held pieces of smooth jade are used to invigorate the skin, smooth out wrinkles, and increase blood supply. Often part of a comprehensive rejuvenation program, gua sha is especially good at addressing areas such as the neck and jowls, which are prone to sagginess. The increased blood circulation helps to detoxify the face and provide increased blood flow, so the skin is better nourished and healthier.

Part of the benefit of this treatment is that acupuncture points on the face are massaged with the gua sha tool, which in turn benefits the internal organs. The better your liver and kidney are working, the healthier your skin will appear.

These treatments are also used for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, melisma, dark circles, and are suitable for sensitive skin. Chinese medicine for facial rejuvenation can bring a youthful appearance that friends will notice. Just tell them that you found an ancient scroll in a Ming vase.

Author Bio


Michelle Gellis, M.Ac., L.Ac., is a licensed, board-certified acupuncturist. She is a faculty member at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly the TAI Sophia Institute) in Laurel, Maryland, and she also teaches Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation classes to acupuncturists nationally....

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