Cosmetic Acupuncture in the News

kim kardashian facial acupuncture

by Michelle Gellis LAc MAc DiplAc

Recently cosmetic acupuncture has been getting a lot of media attention.  Celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore all have used Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation as a way to maintain and improve their appearances.  Cosmetic Acupuncture represents a safe and
natural method to promot…

Facial Acupuncture is good PREVENTATIVE medicine

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Eastern medicine is based on a system of wellness and prevention. Historically you went to your acupuncturist regularly for treatment in order to stay healthy.  If you were ill you did not pay because it meant that your healer was not doing their job.    Acupuncture has its basis in keeping the flow of energy flowing throughout the body, therefore nourishing all of the organs including t…

Benefits of Facial Gua Sha

facial gua sha of chin performed by Michelle Gellis

By Michelle Gellis LAc MAc DiplAc

Facial Gua Sha is a technique in which specially crafted hand held pieces of smooth jade are used to invigorate the skin, smooth out wrinkles and increase blood supply. Facial Gua Sha can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as Acne, Rosacea, Melasma and dark circles. Facial Gua Sha is used as part of a comprehensive acupuncture facia…

The Energy Within Us: How Acupuncture, Qi Gong and Reiki Work

By Michelle Gellis, LAc, MAc, Dipl Ac

What’s the difference between a dead body and a living, vibrant human being? It’s the life force, the energy that flows through all of us. It is what animates us and enables us to move through our day.

This life force is known by many different names around the world. In China, it is called Qi (pronounced “chee”). In India, it is referred to as Prana…

What is Qi?

Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a fundamental concept of everyday Chinese culture. At the core of Chinese medicine is the philosophy that Qi flows throughout the body. Qi is loosely translated to ‘life force’ that is part of everything that is alive. Where there is no Qi there is no life. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is…

How Our Emotional Expression Effects Our Face and Our Health; a Chinese Medicine Perspective

smiling face

According to Chinese Medicine, one of the most common causes of disease is repressed emotions. Emotional health is an integral part of Chinese Medicine. The seven emotions associated with disease are: anger, joy, worry, pensiveness, grief, fear and fright. As stated in an ancient text, the Su Wen, Chapter 8, our internal organs are portrayed in terms of their mental, emotional and spiritua…

What is Shen?

In Chinese medicine “Shen” can be translated as Spirit or Mind. It is our consciousness, mental health & vitality, and our awareness.

The Shen lives in our Heart. If our Shen is disturbed, there may be insomnia or dream disturbed sleep. Our Shen resides in our blood, if the quality of our blood is deficient it will effect our mind.  External or internal Heat (of various Organs) may…

Is Acupuncture the Real Fountain of Youth?

In addition to pain relief, acupuncture has many benefits. Here are seven ways in which acupuncture can make you feel and look…

Facial Acupuncture for Acne, Age Spots or Melasma

facial acupuncture gua sha

As we age our skin goes through many changes. Some of these changes have to do with fluctuations in our hormones, which can cause acne or dark spots or patches (melasma). For many women in their forties and fifties, adult acne can appear along with winkles, causing a double whammy! Even if you did not have acne as a teen, the surge of estrogen which occurs right before menopause or t…

Questions to ask before choosing a Facial Acupuncture Class

Facial acupuncture classes…lots of folks are offering them these days. The cost for typical 2-3 day class can be substantial. Before you enroll, here are a few things to consider:

Is the instructor certified by the American Acupuncture Council? If AAC is your insurance company, you must be trained by an AAC certified instructor for coverage. You can contact AAC for the most current list.

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