COS­METIC ACUPUNC­TURE

Women's Health Australia - - LIFE ETC / WELLNESS -

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.

THE LOW­DOWN:

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.”

THE SCI­ENCE:

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.”

VER­DICT:

It’s a good op­tion if bo­tox and fillers aren’t your kinda thing.

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