Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of the auricle of the external ear for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. It is also known as ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture when the stimulation is achieved by the insertion of acupuncture needles, whereas the term auriculotherapy often refers to electrical stimulation of the surface of ear reflex points. Specific points on the ear can also be stimulated by manual pressure, referred to as auricular acupressure or ear reflexology. Acupuncture points on the ear can also be stimulated with lasers, magnets, and ear pellets.
How is Auriculotherapy different from Acupuncture?
Auriculotherapy is typically considered one form of acupuncture, but there are both differences and similarities between the two procedures. Acupuncture is a form of medical treatment involving the stimulation of acupuncture points located on energy channels extending over the surface of the body, which are known as meridians. From the philosophy of Taoism, there are six Yang meridians and six Yin meridians. In classical acupuncture, it is the Yang meridians that directly connect to the external ear. These energy lines of force are blocked or congested when there is some pathology in a specific area of the body. Insertion of acupuncture needles into specific acupoints can relieve the symptoms and underlying pathology of a particular health problem. Some of the meridian energy lines of force connect to the external ear, thus creating the field of auricular acupuncture. Different perspectives of auriculotherapy focus not on the acupuncture meridians but on the use of the ear as a localized reflex system connected to the central nervous system.
One of the most surprising aspects of auricular therapy is that almost any condition can benefit from auricular treatment. Treatment of pain, stress, insomnia, addictions, anxiety, arthritis, headaches, menopause and many other conditions can be enhanced with auricular therapy. It is intended to be an adjunct to other forms of therapy.
This form of therapy can be used to help people overcome addictions to drugs and alcohol. It can be done in different sessions depending on the severity of one's condition or disease. Needles are inserted to a depth of about three to five millimeters so as to achieve a proper twinge. They are then left to stay for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
What is Facial Acupuncture?
Facial Acupuncture, or “Acupuncture Facelifts” as it is commonly called, is an effective way to improve fine lines and wrinkles on the face. More and more people are turning to this ancient medical system instead of surgery, Botox, and laser and chemical peels, as it is free of any negative side effects. It reduces the signs of aging by revitalizing the skin and bringing a more youthful look to the face.
Wow, I can't believe how young and healthy my face looks like now. Thank you very much Betsabe." Antonella ( London)
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture:
▪ Reduction of wrinkles
▪ Erasing of fine lines and reduction of deeper lines
▪ Reduction of frown lines
▪ Helps to eliminate dark circles and puffiness under the eyes
▪ Tightens the pores
▪ Improves the facial complexion by increasing the local circulation to the face
▪ Helps to reduce double chin
▪ Clearing or reduction of age spots
▪ Improves the elasticity of facial muscles & prevents wrinkles from forming
▪ Keeps acne prone skin under control
▪ An overall rejuvenation of the whole body
How does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?
The insertion of tiny needles into the facial tissue increases blood circulation to the area and stimulates collagen production. The skin will be nourished, oxygenated, and moisturized from the inside out. When the circulation is increased, the collagen production is also increased which will give the skin more tightness and elasticity helping to fill out the fine lines and lift and firm the skin.
It just makes sense
Facial Acupuncture encourages circulation and collagen production (Collagen is a fibrous protein produced in the skin’s dermal layer that helps skin hold its shape.) and overall health. And if you’re in very good health, your skin will also manifest that. “When you feel better, you look better. “When you feel better, you sleep better, you have more energy.”
Medical Micro Needling
Micro Needling creates visible results with no downtime. The skin needling treatment helps reduce ageing lines, scars, stretch marks and skin concerns.
This type of skin treatment stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely, creating visible results with minimal downtime. Micro Needling can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars, stretch marks and other skin concerns.
"Betty is a very gentle practitioner and I thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with her. My skin looks brighter now and I can see a big shift in my smile lines appearance. My energy level is back to normal and I feel much happier overall. Good job Betty. Thank you." Helia London
Principle of microneedling
Microneedling relies on the principle of neocollagenesis and neovascularisation that occurs as a result of the release of growth factors following needle piercing of the stratum corneum. These growth factors are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of the procedure in the treatment of scars and photoageing. Two hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanism of action of microneedling:
Formation of microchannels with resultant healing response: previously, it was proposed that following microneedling, thousands of microchannels or tiny wounds are produced through the epidermis into the papillary dermis of treated skin. These microchannels create a confluent zone of superficial bleeding that acts as a powerful stimulus for the release of various growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor (PGF), transforming growth factor alpha and beta (TGF-α and TGF-β), and fibroblast growth factor (FGF), which initiate the normal process of wound healing by stimulating the migration and proliferation of fibroblasts that promote collagen deposition5,7
Production of a demarcation current: it has been hypothesised by Liebl that when the microneedles penetrate the skin, a demarcation current is produced among cells rather than wounds8. It is the demarcation current that triggers a cascade of growth factors that stimulate the healing phase9. This hypothesis, based on the generation of bioelectricity, was proven by Jaffe10. In resting state, the interior of epidermal cells have a negative electric potential of -70 mV whereas interstitium and epidermal surfaces have a positive potential. Epidermal injury causes the release of potassium and proteins into the interior of epidermal cells, further decreasing the electric potential to -120 mV or less. This leads to an increase in the potential difference between the interior of the cell and the exterior environment. It is claimed that this potential difference triggers the migration of fibroblasts to the site of injury where they proliferate and lay down collagen10.
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