You already know that acupuncture can effectively treat a range of conditions including lower back and neck pain, hay fever and headaches, and so does the World Health Organization. But you can also let someone stick needles in your face to put the brakes on ageing.
Think of cosmetic acupuncture as a facial, supersized with needles (and not of the botox variety). The exact therapy combo differs from expert to expert, but Dr Irene Prantalos, of Salubre Health Solutions, usually incorporates acupuncture
(on both the face and body) after cleansing and before moisturising. “We choose acu-points locally on the face, based on your concerns, and to improve overall health, which in turn slows down the ageing process,” Prantalos says. “The emphasis of this treatment is to enhance general health and wellbeing. For instance, darkness around the eyes is a result of adrenal and/or kidney deficiency, and bags under the eyes are a result of spleen deficiency.”
While there’s lots of science backing acupuncture as a treatment for certain health conditions, there isn’t any peer-reviewed research on the cosmetic variety. “This isn’t to say it doesn’t work,” insists Prantalos. “All research comes from practical experience first and then the need for it to be supported by quality peerreviewed research follows.”
It’s a good option if botox and fillers aren’t your kinda thing.