Today’s post about acupuncture for the face is written by Dr. Angela Koutsofrigas, a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner and one of our talented staff members at Qi Medicine.

 

Why try acupuncture on your face?

 

Understanding what acupuncture can do on your face is made easier by looking first at Chinese face mapping and facial meridians.

 

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy is known as Qi. More recently, Qi has been identified in scientific terms as the ‘piezoelectric current’ of the body.

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This current runs along our meridian pathways, also known as the ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ in Chinese medicine.

 

There are 12 main meridian pathways in TCM, each representing a major organ system. Many of these channels start or end on the face.

 

In addition to meridians, you can see in our face mapping diagram below, the stomach, small and large intestine, kidneys, bladder, heart, liver and reproductive organs all have a corresponding area on the face.

 

How your face reflects your health

Our skin is our largest organ and the canvas we display to the world.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, our face is a map of our internal organ system. Simply put, this means that whatever is going on with our internal body will show up on our face. This is especially true when we have prolonged internal imbalances.

what does acupuncture do on your face

 

An example most of us can relate to is having dark circles under our eyes when we haven’t had enough sleep (kidney area).

 

Referring to the face map, we can see the area under the eyes is governed by the kidneys. According to Chinese medicine theory, our kidneys are the gate of our vitality. Insufficient sleep disrupts the body’s innate capacity to renew itself, which is why we might wake up looking tired with dark circles under our eyes.

 

What about acne?

 

Acne commonly appears on a part of the face that corresponds with the organ system responsible.

 

For example, if acne appeared on your cheeks, which according to face mapping is represented by the stomach pathway, one of our Chinese Medicine Practitioners would know to address your digestive health.

 

How acupuncture on the face helps

Facial acupuncture may increase blood flow to the face and ensures it gets nourished with the oxygen and nutrients carried by the blood.

 

The cosmetic acupuncture we provide at Qi Medicine can also help promote healthy ageing of your skin. By using acupuncture in combination with dermal roller techniques and jade stone massage, we may be able to help you reduce the stress on the skin associated with premature ageing.

 

Find out more about our cosmetic acupuncture treatments here

 

Have questions about facial acupuncture, or how Chinese Medicine can help improve your skin and wellbeing? Would you like to know how we can work together to balance your stress, pain and anything else that you’ve got going on? We’d love to hear from you.

 

How to make a cosmetic acupuncture booking

Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 to book your acupuncture treatment today.

 

We’ve recently adjusted our cosmetic acupuncture pricing to give you more value! 

 

Are we easy to get to?

Find us on Google maps here: Qi Medicine acupuncture in Moonee Ponds

Qi Medicine Acupuncture Moonee PondsThe clinic is located at Suite 4, Level 1, 151 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds. (Please ensure you take the ground floor elevator to reach us or level one.)

 

We provide acupuncture to the North-Western suburbs of Melbourne and are close to Highpoint.

 

Qi Medicine acupuncture is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Essendon, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, and Brunswick West.

 

We also service many clients with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone. Qi Medicine Acupuncture Melbourne is located just 10 km from Melbourne city. 

 

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Welcome to the third installment of our facial yoga series! Today we’ll be focusing on facial yoga exercises for your cheeks, middle of the face, lower eyelids and mouth.

 

Facial yoga for the cheeks and eye bags

 

In my daily practice, common complaints I hear about the cheeks and middle of the face include sagging, volume loss, jaw tension, and fine lines around the cheeks. All of this can be combated with facial yoga! Facial yoga can also be used in conjunction with cosmetic acupuncture to get the most from your treatments.

 

Find out more about our cosmetic acupuncture treatments here

 

Within traditional Chinese face reading, the cheek area can represent the lungs and grief, sadness and loss. If there is hollowness forming in the cheeks, it can indicate underlying emotional issues that need to be resolved. It can also indicate undernourishment – not eating the right foods or being able to nourish yourself in the way that you’d like.

 

Try these facial yoga exercises to help plump up your cheeks, boost and strengthen the facial muscles, and give your face a nice, warm glow.

 

As you go through each facial yoga exercise, remember to breathe and relax after each movement.

 

Exercise 1: Lower Cheek & Top Lip

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  • Place your two index fingers just below the outside of the edge of the nose. Keep your fingers firm and hold your muscles.
  • Push your lips down, in a shape similar to a pucker, resisting the pressure of the index fingers pressing down on your lower cheeks.
  • Repeat this 20 times to complete the exercise. For the best results, do this exercise a few times a day.

Exercise 2: Cheeks & Lower Eyelids

      

Facial yoga for cheeks, facial yoga MelbournePlace your index fingers just below your eyes and your thumbs just below your cheeks.

Smile.

Squeeze and resist the pressure of your cheeks wanting to go up with your fingers.

Repeat this 10-15 times. Do this exercise a few times a day.

 

Exercise 3: Cheeks, Ears, Temporomandibular Joint and Temporalis Muscle

     

Facial yoga for cheeks, facial yoga MelbournePlace your palms on your cheeks.

Sweep up. Push the fasciae up – as if you are giving yourself a facelift.

On one side of your face: push up around the ears, right from the cheek area, right into the temples and push away.

Swap to your other side.

Move in big circles over your temporalis muscles. Sweep up into the head.

Do some head work on the fascia and head muscles.

Do a little work on the neck, as it all connects with the face.

 

And that’s it—simple! Don’t forget to do these exercises a few times a day for best results.

 

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Find out more about our cosmetic acupuncture treatments here

 

Have questions about facial yoga, or how Chinese medicine can help improve your skin and general health and wellbeing? Would you like to know how we can work together to balance your stress, emotions and anything else that you’ve got going on? We’d love to hear from you.

 

Bookings

Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8589 6398 to book your acupuncture treatment today.

 

Are we easy to get to?

Find us on Google maps here: Qi Medicine acupuncture in Moonee Ponds

Qi Medicine Acupuncture Moonee PondsThe clinic is located at Suite 4, Level 1, 151 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds. (Please ensure you take the ground floor elevator to reach us or level one.)

 

We provide acupuncture to the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and are close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine acupuncture is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Essendon, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, and Brunswick West. We also service many clients with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone, and we are just 10 km from Melbourne city. 

 

Follow Qi Medicine on Instagram and Facebook and stay up-to-date with all the latest news.

 

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