Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation

As we age our skin cells turn over rate slows down which increases signs of ageing but there are secrets for ageing gracefully which I would love to share with you today!
As a Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner we are trained to recognise that the health of our skin is related to the quality of our blood. It will also be impacted by internal imbalances such as excess heat, dryness or damp accumulation. Stress and emotional imbalances will also impact the shape and appearance of the face as well as where lines start to show up.
Taking a wholistic approach to facial rejuvenation is checking for and addressing the roost cause of:
-How stress is impacting the tension in your face and how you hold certain expressions or are clenching your jaw. How can we encourage the nervous system to relax more?
-If you have a red skin tone or pimples what is creating the inflammation? Can you modify your diet to improve this?
– If you have dull or dry skin – why is it not getting nourished?
After the full picture is painted for the practitioners a acupuncture treatment can be administered to help improve the imbalances that are presented then extra needles and facial massage techniques are applied around the face to stimulate blood and qi which in turn softens lines, improves skin tone and reduces puffiness. So, when you come and get a facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment don’t expect the face to be the only part of your body that’s treated!
You will also get a mini Gua Sha ( facial massage tutorial) so you can keep working on getting the benefits at home between acupuncture treatments.
As a guide for the number of treatments needed, its suggested to come in once a week for the duration of 1 skin cycle. As a rough guide for someone who is 30 they will have a 30 day skin cycle and this increases with age ( eg.60 year old person has a 60 day skin cycle).
So if you looking for a non invasive, natural way to boost your skins appearance and overall vitality give cosmetic acupuncture a try

Acupuncture and Inflammation

Inflammation, triggered by our immune system, is crucial to fight infections. What is becoming more present is inflammation in over drive. Excessive chronic inflammation is a key factor behind many diseases and health issues seen today.

Explained simply, excessive inflammation in Chinese Medicine can be seen as ‘heat’. There are many ways your practitioner may treat patterns of heat or chronic inflammation and may use a couple of tools to help their clients get the best outcomes. Acupuncture alone has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect. The reported anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture include an antihistamine action and down regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Pro-inflammatory cytokines are involved in the process of pathological pain, so down regulating this mechanism should have a positive outcome on the management of pain and inflammation.

Along with Acupuncture, there are many simple mind-body techniques that have also been shown to reduce inflammation such as breathing and meditation and other techniques that reduce stress and help to regulate the nervous system.

To find out ways your acupuncturist can assist you in managing your health concerns call 84060679

Acupuncture and your Basal Body Temperature.

Basal Body Temp charting is a fertility awareness method & involves recording your temperature first thing in the morning, before you’ve gotten up and out of bed, and after about 4 hours of continuous sleep (yes, shift workers can chart too!). Your temperature needs to be taken while you’re still lying in bed because as soon as you sit up, your metabolic rate naturally increases and you’ll see a relative increase in your base body temp as a result, and we’re no longer getting that true basal temp.

Tracking your cycle not only lets us know whether you’re ovulating or not, but when it’s occurring, and whether it’s happening consistently. Not only that but it provides us with plenty of information around fluctuations between your follicular and luteal phases, and how this translates to your constitution, but also your general stress levels, cycle regulation and thyroid health. We classically use this method for those wanting to conceive, but it is used by many women as a contraception method to know when they’re fertile and when they’re not. So how does this relate to your Acupuncture sessions? From a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view, it lets us know more about your constitution and whether we need to do things such as nourish blood, move stagnation, tonify Yang, clear damp, or move Qi in order to regulate your temps, or to work towards a consistent ovulating cycle. Temperature progressions between the first and second half of your cycle provide plenty of information for us to work with, and often a combination of Chinese herbs and Acupuncture are used, with tangible changes reflected during the monitoring of your temps.

For those with conditions affecting cycle regulation, there may be additional factors that need to be considered. Like any Chinese Medicine treatments, cycle regulation issues usually need a minimum of three cycles to work with to create a change. If using these methods for conception timing, we want to make sure your cycle is as smooth as possible. When it comes to recording your temps, technology is your friend and we love using the app ‘Fertility Friend’; it’s free, provides clear charting, and even allows us to see charts remotely if you allow access. Since temperature fluctuations start at less than half a degree, in order to be accurate in interpreting your changes your thermometer should record to two decimal places (eg. 36.42). A digital fertility thermometer will do this. Whilst you’re learning to cycle track, we’re here to help you interpret your results and for those using it to prevent pregnancy, it’s recommended that you use barrier protection while you learn to interpret your chart.

The initial stages of BBT tracking are all about data collection. We want 2-3 cycles worth of info to see a pattern arise to see what your cycle is telling us, but we will have plenty of starting knowledge based off your symptoms and health history to work with from just over your first tracked cycle. It’s important to be as consistent as possible with charting, and things like alcohol or having a restless night will impact your reading, so you can note in the app when this has happened in order to correlate any changes to the activity. Other things to consider are no heated blankets overnight, type of thermometer (want one with the detailed reading), and diet. If there are factors such as stress or sleep issues that are consistently impacting your temp accuracy we simply work on supporting your system to improve sleep and better regulate your ‘rest and digest’ response. You can book Fertility consults with Laelia online or call the clinic on (02) 8406 0679