Wherever an acupuncture needle is placed the body's response is to attract increased blood flow there. The client's face after a Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment will often looked flushed or pink in colour. This is a normal reaction to Cosmetic Acupuncture. This is part of the benefits and the other is that needling the face stimulates specific cells called fibroblasts that produce more collagen and elastin. This helps the face over 6-8 sessions or more with a natural supporting or "plumping up" of the tissues as the collagen increases locally and blood flow is improved. Dark Circles from Stagnation In areas of stagnation a darkening is a common presentation. Not just in the face but also in other areas of the body. In other areas of TCM diagnosis for example, with Tongue examination, a purplish tongue body colour will be a sign for stagnation, often blood stagnation. Dark colouration means poor blood flow or circulation. Healthy tissue with good blood flow almost always looks pink and bright in colour. So when a fully qualified Acupuncture practitioner sees dark circles under the eyes, Stagnation could be the cause, simply because it signifies poor circulation in and around the eyes. Cosmetic Acupuncture strategy: Use Acupuncture to improve circulation around the eyes, improve blood flow and clear the stagnation. Add in Body Acupuncture points to support moving stagnation including Liver and Spleen Acupoints. Dark circles from Deficiency The other possible TCM diagnosis for dark circles under the eyes could be a Deficient pattern, often Kidney Deficiency. As this rings true to all of you who DO feel exhausted, drained and depleted. Simply working hard, playing hard, stressing a lot can wear you out physically, mentally and emotionally. It takes it's toll on your Adrenals (the glands that sit on top of your Kidneys) and exhausts them by overusing Adrenaline. So the tiredness often can show on your face and dark circles is common in these clients. Cosmetic Acupuncture strategy: Use Acupuncture to improve circulation around the eyes. Add in Body Acupuncture points to support Deficiency of Blood, Qi & the Kidneys. (Kidney, Spleen, Stomach points) Where do the needles go in Cosmetic Acupuncture for Dark Circles? It varies from person to person, but we would start with points around the orbit, or eye socket. I've shown here on a diagram where these acupoints are: A different approach to signs of tiredness Dark circles under the eyes can be an indicator that you're tired and run down. But if you're not sick, seem to be coping with your work and life and feel relatively healthy, Cosmetic Acupuncture could be something extra to help your face look and feel more vibrant, have a healthy colour and better circulation. Chinese Herbal Medicine can also be a positive strategy for either moving stagnation or tonifying deficiency to help your complexion improve. But the difference with Cosmetic Acupuncture is that it is more direct. To make an appointment to assess your Dark Circles or receive Cosmetic Acupuncture click here. For more information or questions, please email me here at firstname.lastname@example.org Katika is a Registered Acupuncturist that has taken additional training in Cosmetic Acupuncture & Facial Rejuvenation. She has clients ranging in age from their 40's to their 70's receiving Cosmetic Acupuncture for a natural solution to the signs of ageing and stress. For more reading on Cosmetic Acupuncture click below: Signs of Stress on your Face - Can Cosmetic Acupuncture help? Cosmetic Acupuncture for Eye Bags Cosmetic Acupuncture for Jowls
All of these help in a Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment because these are strategies that help improve complexion colour, reduce tension in the face and change signs of dryness, dullness and puffiness of the skin.