True Beauty the Natural Way
Sara Bublitz, L.Ac
True beauty is inner beauty radiating out for everyone to see. Yet, how can everyone see our true beauty if the outside has been tarnished by years of abuse from chemicals found all around us? Too much exposure to the sun and tanning beds, chemically produced make-up, processed foods, cigarettes and alcohol all contribute to the aging of our bodies and minds, which in turn affects our skin and ages us beyond our years. The rise in popularity of plastic surgery during the past 20 years shows that we want to obtain that youthful appearance amidst this increasingly chemical and cosmetic world. Now don’t get me wrong, I am into vanity just as much as the next girl, but how far is too far? And at what expense to our bodies? What can we do that will help us look younger naturally? One answer: Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The history of facial rejuvenation in Traditional Chinese Medicine goes back to the Western Zhou period (1120-770 BC) when dietary practices were used to prevent aging. Between 770-221 BC herbal therapies for facial rejuvenation were developed, and beginning in 282 AD, acupuncture techniques were incorporated into the treatments. During the Sung Dynasty, the empress along with the emperor’s concubines used facial rejuvenation techniques to maintain a youthful appearance.
Traditional Chinese Medicine describes the functions of the organs differently than Western medicine. Rather than seeing them as separate body parts with purely physiological functions, Chinese medicine sees organ influence as interconnected energy systems that affect our physical and emotional health and appearance.
The Heart’s function is to move blood through the body, promote deep sleep, and maintain the brightness of the eyes. A weak Heart can cause facial swelling and dullness of the eyes. If sleep is affected, dark eye circles and puffiness can result.
The Lungs are responsible for the movement of energy and fluids in the body. If they are impaired, the skin can lack moisture resulting in wrinkles and dry skin. An imbalance in the Liver can cause stagnation of energy and blood flow in the face leading to dark spots and wrinkles.
If the Spleen and Stomach’s function of regulating the transportation of food and body fluids is impaired, the face will be puffy or sagging.
The Kidneys regulate body fluids and store a substance called essence, our basic life energy that maintains health and youth. Insufficient Kidney function can cause eye puffiness, dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles and thinning hair.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a holistic, non-surgical therapy that reduces the signs of aging by treating both the face directly and the underlying causes of aging listed above. More than just a cosmetic procedure, it is a revitalization method that helps the person look and feel younger inside and out. According to Chinese medical theory, inner health or beauty is seen in one’s outer appearance because health and beauty are inseparable. In Chinese medicine there has been a long history of research and development into natural treatments for skin and beauty. Correcting internal imbalances is the best way to treat outer signs of aging. Acupuncture, massage, herbs, and dietary therapy are all a part of a Facial Rejuvenation treatment. Acupuncture is a therapy that adjusts the circulation of qi flowing through channels in the body. Thin, sterile needles are placed in specific points on the face, ears, and limbs to manipulate energy, blood and lymph flow. This will allow wrinkles to soften, jowls to become firmer,reduces bags under the eyes and allow the face to look brighter giving one a dewy complexion.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is safer and much cheaper than plastic surgery without the harmful and potentially dangerous side effects. Botox is a common procedure that will run you hundreds of dollars per session but potentially leave you paralyzed, with the procedures only lasting a few months. Facial Rejuvenation takes 5 to 15 years off the face and lasts up to 5 years with maintenance. Now, it’s not a quick fix. It is done over 10 to 12 treatments over several weeks. However, it is the natural way to looking more youthful and helps heal the whole body allowing the inner beauty to radiate outward. Instead of attacking the body with more chemicals, try a more natural approach to looking younger. You’re worth it and your body will thank you.
Sara Bublitz, L.Ac specializes in Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture.