When you think of TCM and acupuncture, the first thing that comes to mind is probably having tiny needles pricking different acupoints on your body to promote physical and emotional well-being, such as alleviating chronic pain or improving fertility, among many other benefits.
While this is usually the case when patients seek treatment at a TCM clinic in Singapore, you may be surprised to learn that facial acupuncture can also improve the aesthetic appearance of the patient.
If you are interested to find out more about facial acupuncture as well as the skin benefits it offers, this article might just be what you are looking for.
What is Facial Acupuncture?
Skin woes, in TCM’s perspective, are closely related to the Lung and caused by internal imbalances due to toxin buildup, Lung heat, Stomach heat, heat in the Blood, and Blood or Yin deficiency. As the skin is the body’s largest and most visible organ, skin-related issues such as wrinkles, acne and eczema can take a huge toll on your self-esteem and confidence.
So if you are searching for an alternative to Western medications and steroid topical creams, facial acupuncture could possibly be the solution. Many TCM clinics in Singapore offer facial acupuncture to treat skin issues like fine lines, wrinkles, puffy eyes, saggy skin and a dull complexion. An extension of traditional acupuncture, facial acupuncture can help the skin look younger, smoother and healthier naturally.
How Does Facial Acupuncture Work?
Similar to traditional TCM acupuncture, needles puncture the skin during facial acupuncture and create tiny wounds also known as positive microtraumas. As your body senses these wounds, it goes into repair mode – which is the same way microneedling treatments work – to improve skin texture and complexion. These punctures also promote the delivery of essential nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells by stimulating the lymphatic and circulatory systems, nourishing your skin from the inside out for longer-lasting results.
However, TCM also believes in a holistic approach as good skin health is linked to one’s overall health – your physician may target other points (apart from the face) based on your body’s constitution to ensure optimum blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
Learn more: Energise Your Skin with Constitutional Facial Acupuncture
What Are the Benefits of Facial Acupuncture?
Facial acupuncture promotes blood flow and circulation in the face to increase red and white blood cells, oxygen and other nutrients needed for a natural glow and brighter complexion.
Facial acupuncture can also improve acne by addressing underlying causes like hormonal imbalance and weak digestion. By treating the root cause, the occurrence of acne gets reduced in return.
Improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
While signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles are inevitable as time goes by, you can always choose to slow it down and age gracefully instead. Facial acupuncture is an alternative to invasive aesthetic treatments and can plump up and tighten the skin by targeting specific points in the face.
Facial acupuncture is great for reducing puffiness too, as it promotes blood circulation and removes toxins. You will notice a difference in facial swelling and dark eye circles!
While facial acupuncture may not offer a quick fix for skin woes as compared to aesthetic treatments like Botox or dermal fillers, the former helps to promote the long-term health of the skin from within, rather than just targeting the superficial signs of your skin condition. Facial acupuncture is a great alternative to anti-ageing aesthetic treatments as it is natural and non-invasive with no recovery time involved.
Facial acupuncture in Singapore at Thomson Chinese Medicine
We offer Constitutional Facial Acupuncture here at Thomson Chinese Medicine, a TCM clinic in Singapore.
This tailored treatment starts off with a consultation with the physician to understand your unique constitutional body type. Then, the physician comes up with a personalised treatment plan which may consist of facial acupuncture and moxibustion, gua sha or cupping.
Learn more: What to Expect at Your First TCM Clinic Visit
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