According to Chinese traditional medicine, the human body has a network of channels known as meridians. They connect all the tissues and internal structures. Through them it is possible to identify major imbalances and restore overall health by means of the re-establishment of an adequate energetic flow.
Acupuncture is an important technique of this ancient medicinal practice that has gained the preference of many who have been suffering chronic conditions. Additionally, it has surprisingly proven to be effective to restore cutis beauty and youth.
The role of facial acupuncture on beauty treatments
Aesthetic acupuncture may be the ideal solution to fight wrinkles. The use of this ancient technique as a beauty treatment has recently emerged on the western world. It provides an effective way to eliminate the marks caused by the passing of time without requiring invasive and painful measures.
The system began to become popular in California, United States. It involves the use of 36 fine needles on strategic points of the face, neck, hands and legs. They are so thin that the patient barely notices their insertion.
Depending on the state of skin, needles must remain in the cutis for around 10 minutes. Satisfied patients have claimed that the treatment is painless and effective.
Needles are not placed on the area where the wrinkle has emerged. Instead, they are inserted on the point that has a direct incidence on the zone of interest.
Acupuncture, one of the most ancient healing techniques
This non invasive method appeared around the year 9500 B.C. There have been found several tombs in China corresponding to the mentioned period with stone needles known as Bian shi inside of them. There are also historical references in many hieroglyphs and engravings of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 B.C.) that suggest that this technique was combined with another system known as moxibustion.
The earliest book that mentions acupuncture was written around the year 305 B.C. and is known as Huandgi Neijing. According to this and additional literary material available in regards to the subject, the different pulses (superficial, middle and deep) reveal health state of internal organs.
The method involves the use of very thin stainless steel needles which in the hands of an experienced acupuncturist are virtually painless. This treatment has proven to be useful to produce relaxation states and wellbeing through the stimulation of strategic energetic points. It has been found that it is capable of encouraging the release of neurotransmitters like endorphins.
There are around 780 acupunctural points in total, which include fixed ones connected to meridians, and some other that emerge on irregular locations only when the patient experiences pain. This impressive network allows the therapist to make a powerful specific work at an energetic level which in turn restores an optimal physiological performance.
The World Health Organization has recognized its effectiveness on the treatment of at least 49 disorders and ailments. Such acknowledgement was made on 1979. On November 16, 2010, UNESCO declared acupuncture and moxibustion as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Acupuncture can be combined with other disciplines and treatments that are included on Chinese traditional medicine. Some of them are Qi Gong exercises, herbal therapies and Tui Na massages.