[Infographic] Secret Diet & Acupoints for Beautiful Skin January 23rd, 2018Physician Joyce Chee
Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial acupuncture, is a means of targeted treatment administered by TCM physicians to manage skin health through localised and channelled healing.
The basis of healing comes from both external and internal regulation. Externally, the insertion of needles causes micro-trauma to the skin that releases electric impulses and localizes immune cells, enhancing the healing mechanism on the skin. Perforation also encourages the production of collagen and elastin fibres that fill up enlarged pores or uneven surfaces. Another effect is the renewal of epidermal cells. These cells store and maintain water and nutrient level underneath the skin, increasing dermal illuminance and elasticity. Internally, the physician will begin with a simple and thorough consultation session to qualify the imbalance of the body’s internal system. Thereafter, a diagnosis of the underlying condition is then tracked and taken care of through acupuncture along meridian pathways.
If you followed Rio 2016, you may have noticed the cupping spots on Michael Phelps and some of the athletes. However, this ‘trending’ therapy is not new. Egyptians had been using it from as early as 1550 BC.
There are different types of cupping techniques such as the stationary cupping, massage cupping, flash cupping, wet cupping and acupuncture cupping. More than one technique may be used in combination for different medical conditions. It is commonly used to provide drug-free pain relief for muscle ache/strain, combat acne, obesity, shingles, upper respiratory syndrome, headache, menstrual cramp, gastrointestinal problems, as well as maintain general wellness.
How does cupping help?
We are all aware that acupuncture relieves physical discomfort and internal ailments. However, do you know that acupuncture can combat acne too?
Acupuncture can be used to cure acne, for both adults and youths. It is especially useful for those who has tried conventional acne treatments such as anti-acne cleansers, spots creams and prescription medicine, as TCM enhances its effectiveness.