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  • Writer's pictureJayne Beaumont


The Chinese have been using Acupuncture for wellness and vitality for more than 2000 years.

During this time they discovered that many meridians either begin or end on the face while some have internal branches that go to the face. Hence, the practice of Acupuncture that specifically effects the lifting of the face while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the ageing process.

The actual treatment is quite painless even though dozens of particularly fine needles are inserted into the acupuncture points on the face as well as a number of other points on the body such as the shins and the wrists. The needles remain for about 20-30 minutes after which the practitioner massages the skin to further promote the stimulation of the needles.

Maureen Cromey*, an acupuncturist since 1988 and member of the Editorial Board of European Journal of Oriental Medicine, describes how the treatment works: “The process begins a healing that increases micro-circulation and oxygen to the skin. It also precipitates the skin’s own anti-inflammatory agents and instigates a detoxification, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin fibres along the way. As we know, these are the main agents to improve firmness and elasticity and ultimately, reduce the fine lines as well as reducing bags under the eyes and droopy eyelids. The treatment also eliminates puffiness and can lift the jawline. The overall result is a healthier and glowing complexion. You also feel generally more relaxed and energised. I have many longstanding clients who have regular treatments as it keeps them feeling and looking well”.

The first treatment takes ninety minutes as the practitioner takes about half an hour to find out about your current health and any medications you are taking. Subsequent sessions take an hour. As with many treatments, to have a lasting effect, it is important to begin with a course of them. For Facial Acupuncture, it is recommended to attend two sessions a week for 3 weeks, followed by once a week for another 3 weeks and then once a month for maintenance. Naturally, the cost of a treatment varies slightly from practice to practice. The average is £80 per session. There is usually a special price for a course.

*Maureen N Cromey MBAcC MRCHM

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