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How does cosmetic acupuncture work?

In recent years, cosmetic acupuncture has become a popular natural alternative to Botox injection or surgical face lift which itself involves a long recovering time.

Cosmetic acupuncture, or anti-aging facial rejuvenation treatment is based on TCM diagnostic methods, believing that beauty is a reflection of good inner health. Research shows that acupuncture stimulates the production of the bodyís natural collagen, hence filling lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. During treatment, acupuncture points( facial and body points) will be specially selected according to each individualís health condition. Hair-fine needles will be inserted, gentle facial gua-sha or acupressure may also be used. These stimulate the lymphatic system helping to drain away toxins built up through stress and poor diet or an unhealthy life style. Patients will feel totally relaxed and refreshed both during and after treatment.

The aim of the treatment is to balance and boost a personís overall health and vitality, as well as treating facial fine lines, reducing puffiness in the face and dark circles around the eyes. This will promote a brighter and more radiant facial complexion giving a younger , less stressful looking appearance.

How can acupuncture help with weight loss?

If you find yourself craving for high carbohydrate foods and fried food or find yourself lack the will power to stay on a healthy diet, it can be a sign of a deficiency of neurotransmitters in the hunger center of the brain (hypothalamus). This deficiency occurs especially when you are under a lot of stress or lack of enough sleep.

Numerous research has shown that acupuncture can effectively alleviate stress and trigger the production of the feel good neurotransmitters (dopamine and endorphin) and in turn to calm the craving.

From the Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view, being overweight can be a sign of deficiency in the spleen, Ďheatí in the stomach, or a build up of dampness and phlegm in the body. The aim of the treatment is to help the body return to a healthier balanced status. During treatment you will also be advised on dietary matters.

How many treatments will I need?

The response and success of treatment varies from individual to individual. Treatment with acupuncture can produce rapid results, you may need only one or two treatments, but more often it requires a number of treatments over a period of time. This will depend on a host of factors. Generally speaking, between three and six treatments will gain some good results, but long standing complaints may take more time.

Is there a risk of infection?

All practitioner member of British Acupuncture Council's register must observe a Code of Practice containing strict rules regarding hygienic procedures and sterilisation of needles. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health.

Today acupuncture needles are made according to a great many exacting quality control procedures, having GMP stipulations(Good Manufacturing Practice). All needles have clear "best before" information. They are also designed to be disposed after a single application.