Can Acupunc­ture Re­duce Wrin­kles?

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The an­cient prac­tice is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity as a beauty treat­ment, so here’s what to know:Yes, nee­dles are placed on the face as well as else­where on the body. “Acupunc­ture treats a skin prob­lem by fo­cus­ing on the way the res­pi­ra­tory or diges­tive sys­tem af­fects the skin,” ex­plains Jill Blake­way, DACM, a doc­tor of acupunc­ture and Chi­nese medicine in NewYork City. “In Chi­nese medicine, the lungs and large in­tes­tine have a re­la­tion­ship with skin—and the lo­cal in­flam­ma­tion and dry­ness that af­fect it di­rectly.” In ad­di­tion, she says, “nee­dles can be tar­geted to in­crease blood cir­cu­la­tion to the skin, which tones un­der­ly­ing mus­cle.” She rec­om­mends up to eight once-a-week treat­ments. A der­ma­tol­o­gist’s take: “Acupunc­ture hasn’t been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to have a last­ing ben­e­fit for wrin­kles,” says Ellen Mar­mur, M.D. “If it’s done by a knowl­edge­able acupunc­tur­ist over acu­pres­sure points, there may be re­lax­ation of joints that will tem­po­rar­ily de­crease cer­tain wrin­kles.”

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