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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture – Deeper Than Skin Deep

This past weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to complete Virginia Doran’s Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture training. The course reconfirmed the incredible power of acupuncture, and how it can be used to rejuvenate an important part of our bodies — the face — that we must present to the world on a daily basis. Talk about a whole new level of “putting your best face forward”.


What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is an effective treatment that will draw out your natural beauty, and reduce the signs of the aging process. More specifically, it will improve muscle tone, firm connective tissues, promote collagen production, increase circulation, eliminate excess fluid, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, improve facial coloring, and balance your skin and body as a whole from the inside out.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, it reverses the aging process by promoting the re-introduction of “Qi” (the energy flow or body’s natural healing energy) into the body. According to a famous Chinese axiom, “Where qi goes, blood flows.” Even for those unfamiliar with the principles of Chinese Medicine, it is known that increased circulation helps promote cell growth and eliminates waste from the tissues.

Overall, it is a virtually painless, non-surgical method to rejuvenate the skin to a more natural, and healthy appearance and is designed to help the whole body look and feel younger.


What Conditions Does It Treat?

    • Puffiness
    • Bags under the eyes
    • Sagging cheeks/jowls
    • Fine lines/wrinkles
    • Red face
    • Dry Skin
    • Sinus congestion
    • Acne
    • Lack of color
    • Wrinkles around the lips
    • Double Chin
    • Drooping eyelids
    • Stress evident in the face
    • Etc.


The Best Part, It’s Not Just About the Face!

So yes, although the face is the focus, like all acupuncture, treatments will have a positive affect on overall health and well-being. Acupuncture needles are inserted throughout the body to address imbalances, dysfunction, and to stimulate healing from within. It is treating the underlying cause of aging, instead of masking outward symptoms and allowing further decline to continue.

In line with Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, acupuncture can tonify Yin, tonify Yang, move Qi, move Blood or disperse heat – it will manipulate the movement of energy in the body according to the individual’s constitutional needs.


Addressing Deeper Issues

You may be wondering how acupuncture can address “stress evident in the face”. Jog your memory for a recent encounter with someone who clearly was stressed out. How did they look? They probably had bags under their eyes, a sallow complexion, perhaps some acne, and fine lines from all the anxiety and overthinking. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture can address all of this. In addition, stress causes what is termed “stagnation” in the body. Internally, acupuncture can release this stress by allowing energy to flow more smoothly.

Now, extend this to someone who is stressed out very frequently. Or we can even consider other emotions, such as someone who has had a lifetime of grief, fear, or anger. These habitual emotions will cause habitual expressions that will become engrained on the face. Even after the trauma or instigating events have passed, these expressions remain.

Believe it or not, the connection between our emotions and facial expressions go both ways. We are all familiar with the notion that when we experience a certain emotion, we will display a certain expression. What’s interesting is that the reverse is also true!

Voluntarily making a facial expression could cause an emotion. Have you ever heard that smiling will make you happier? Well, studies show it’s true. At least, manipulating your facial muscles into a smile can create a subjective feeling of happiness. This was demonstrated in the pen in mouth test.

Therefore, facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a powerful healing tool that removes trauma from the facial connective tissues, which will have deeper effects on the underlying emotional state.


Whole Body Transformation

Truly, I believe that beauty shines from the inside out. As much as facial acupuncture appears to be a superficial treatment, it is drawing out innate beauty and radiance, while slowing down the aging process from within. It is not a denial of the aging process, no. There are many dietary and lifestyle choices that cause damage to the body and speed up the aging process. These treatments are simply aiding the reversal of damage and prolonging health and vitality.

As a naturopathic doctor, it is also important for me to address underlying psychosocial factors that may be playing a role. An important step is to ensure that there is a healthy relationship with the body. My overall aim is to help women (and men!) feel beautiful and whole, to feel comfortable in their own skin and to love their true selves, starting from within.

I will be providing Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture services this fall starting in September 2016. For any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to email me directly at You can book your treatment sessions by calling 416-613-8880.


Author Info

Dr. Marilyn Tran, ND

Dr. Marilyn Tran is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in midtown Toronto. Dr. Tran holds an honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Psychology and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Her passion for community work led her to complete rotations at the Sherbourne Health Centre (treating patients with AIDS/HIV), Queen West Community Health Centre and Brampton Civic Hospital. She also completed two medical brigades to Haiti with Naturopaths Without Borders providing care to the local community. In 2016, she began work to set up a Global Health Program in El Salvador, Central America, along with her partner who is an Ayurvedic Doctor. Together, they hope to introduce students rooted in natural health to help communities in impoverished countries. When at home in her city of Toronto, she relishes in all the small and finer things her vibrant, multi-cultural city has to offer. She maintains a health and happiness blog on her website

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