Facial Rejuvenation

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The imperial families of China held on to secret herbal formulas for beauty dating back thousands of years. We impart this ancient wisdom in our formulas and protocol strategies. 

Unlike surgical facelifts or injections, those using this technique will retain their unique beauty without the risk of scaring or disfigurement. It works by triggering the body’s own mechanisms that reconstruct the collagen fibers, rehydrate cells, and strengthen the subcutaneous muscles. Many of the strategies here promote not only beauty but general wellness; after all, the youthful glow of face and skin reflect inner wellness! 

For best outcomes using self-care to promote radiant skin, combine associated Aroma Acu-Sticks® to acu-points, topical remedies, and good lifestyle practices.

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acupressure points for facial rejuvenation

Aroma Acu-therapy™ for Facial Rejuvenation

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Kidney 3

Apply the Water Element Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate Acupressure Point KI 3

Why? Acu-point Kidney 3 is the Source Point of the Kidney energetic organ system and is able to bolster Yin according to Traditional Chinese Medicine; Yin Deficiency would be reflected by dry, withered skin.

earth-acupressure essential oilsStomach 36

Apply the Earth Element Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate Acupressure Point ST 36

Why? Acu-point Stomach 36 is a major point for building blood, reinforcing Spleen Qi, and Draining Heat from the Stomach Channel.

metal-acupressure essential oilsLung 9

Apply the Metal Element Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate Acupressure Point LU 9

Why? Acu-point Lung 9 is the Source Point of the Lung energetic organ system which is central to skin health according to Chinese medicine.

wood-acupressure essential oilsLiver 3

Apply the Wood Element Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate Acupressure Point LV 3  

Why? Acu-point Liver 3 is the energy source point for the Liver energetic organ system and the Liver is a major organ of detoxification in the body. Liver Qi Stagnation may be indicated with stress lines of the face.

fire-acupressure essential oilsSan Jiao 5

Apply the Fire Element Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate Acupressure Point San Jiao 5

Why? Acu-point SJ 5, or Triple Burner 5, clears heat, resolves toxins, and subdues Liver Yang. It also soothes the Shen and helps to resolve emotional imbalances that are often reflected in lines the face.  

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Facial Rejuvenation Using the Acupressure Channels Indications

It is not uncommon for more than one acupuncture channel to be indicated with facial diagnosis according to Chinese medicine. Choose specific points for your situation by identifying the areas of concern on your face and patterns of imbalance. A full-body herbal detoxifications can further aid the body in eliminating free radicals that cause damage to the tissues.

Facial diagnosis is an integral part of Chinese medicine. This is because the face reflects the health of the energetic internal organ systems. This being the case, it makes sense that one would want to correct energetic organ level imbalances when striving for radiant beauty. Each of the individual energetic organ systems of Chinese medicine can impact facial beauty in their own unique way.

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Spleen Qi Deficiency and Sagging Skin

Spleen Qi is generally responsible for holding things up and holding things in according to Chinese medicine. If veins are broken and blood is leaking, one would suspect Spleen imbalances; this would attribute to tiny veins and cherry angiomas appearing on the face. A classic indications of Spleen Qi Deficiency are prolapses in the body, such as uterine prolapse or bladder prolapse. Likewise, if the skin to not being held in place, one would support the Spleen Qi.

Spleen-Stomach Qi Deficiency and Jowlsacupressure-acupuncture channels-meridian image

The Spleen and Stomach energetic organ systems are the organs of the Earth Element of Chinese medicine and are closely entwined. The Spleen acupressure channel does not travel up to the face, but the Stomach acupressure channel traverses the jaw line. Therefore, jowls can indicate an imbalance in the Spleen or Stomach energetic organs.

Stomach Heat and Redness of the Cheeks and Nose

Stomach Yin Deficiency can develop with improper diet and heavy alcohol use. The resulting pathogenic Heat can travel up the Stomach acupressure channel to the face and cause redness and/or broken veins. Undernourishment of the Stomach acupressure channel from Qi and Blood Deficiency can also contribute to frown lines.

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Kidney Yin Deficiency and Dry Skinacupressure-acupuncture channels-meridian image

Dry skin as the result of Yin and/or Blood Deficiency will increase the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the face. Severe Blood Deficiency can result in a pallid complexion. Dark rings or puffy bags under the eyes is a classic indication of Kidney Deficiency.

Bladder Channel and Drooping Eyelids

The Bladder acupressure channel runs from the outside of the little toe to the eyes. This is why major point for drooping eyelids is acupressure point Bladder 62 is on the foot near the ankle rather than on the face. The upper eyelids are associated with the Spleen Qi, so drooping of upper eyelids may indicate Spleen Qi Deficiency as well.

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Liver Qi Stagnation and Stress Lines Between the Eyebrowsacupressure-acupuncture channels-meridian image

According to Chinese medical theory, the Liver is negatively impacted by chronic stress and lines between the eyebrows suggest Liver Qi imbalances. Interesting, the stress reducing point called YinTang is located in that same location.

Liver Heat can generally cause pathogenic Heat in the body and result in a red face; this would be especially apparent with anger, stress, and frustration. A red nose is associated with Heart Heat which sometimes results from Liver Yang overacting on the Heart. Liver congestion can result in red or yellow eyes.

Gallbladder Channel and Forehead Wrinkles

The Gallbladder acupressure channel is linked to the Liver energetic organ system as the Liver and Gallbladder make up the Wood Element of Chinese medicine. When chronic Liver Qi Stagnation causes Liver Yin Deficiency the condition is sometimes reflected on the forehead and outside edges of the eyes where the Gallbladder channel is located.

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Metal Imbalances and the Skin

The Metal Element of Chinese medicine includes the Lungs, the Large Intestine, and the skin. The lungs provide oxygen to nourish skin and the Intestines eliminate toxins that can damage the skin. Additionally, the Large Intestine acupressure channel runs from the hand up the the edge of the nose and can impact frown lines.

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Chinese Medical Channel Theory and Facial Rejuvenation

Studying the acupressure channels and that traverse the face and the related acupuncture points can help you develop an incredibly effective personalized therapy for yourself. By activating the channels, one increases the Blood, Qi, and nutrient flow to the face and stimulates rejuvenation.

Pro Tips:

  1. It is not necessary to choose points located directly on the face; master practitioners often use distal points to the head stating that the points located the furthest from the face are the most effective.
  2. Palpating points along the channels can help determine an effective protocol as the most tender points are often the most appropriate points to apply Aroma Acu-Therapy™.
  3. We provide detailed information for many commonly used acupressure points; you can research the related articles to see which points are the most appropriate for your specific condition.
  4. Keep in mind that you are trying to apply Aroma Acu-therapy to only 5-8 points daily for a focused therapy.

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