Pacific College of Oriental Medicine recently had the pleasure of seeing another of its students find success in the practice of Oriental medicine. On February 27, 2008, Janet Tsai, an alumni of Pacific College's San Diego branch, demonstrated cosmetic acupuncture on the popular program ‘Rachael Ray's Daytime Talkshow.' As well as an alumni, Janet Tsai is a faculty member at Pacific College in New York where she teaches in the Acupuncture and Bioscience departments. As a licensed acupuncturist in three states (New York, New Jersey, and California) Tsai serves as a Clinic Supervisor at the Pacific College Acupuncture Clinic.
The practice of cosmetic acupuncture is both ancient and up-and-coming. While the Chinese have been practicing secrets to a youthful glow for thousands of years, the American public is just now realizing the amazing aesthetic benefits acupuncture can offer. On Rachael Ray's talkshow, Janet Tsai applied half a dozen miniature needles around Rachael's face. Tsai stated "The needles I'm putting in around the forehead are going to help with the circulation and the blood flow, so it brings more oxygen to the area." Having the needles applied is not only painless, but for many, it's a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
A typical Oriental medicine facial rejuvenation includes eight steps. These are not limited to acupuncture but also include a consultation, green tea wash, traditional Chinese herbal mask, acupuncture on the body, face and ears, facial acupressure and massage, and personalized products for the skin. Like other Oriental medicine treatments, cosmetic acupuncture is tailored to each patient, with different tactics for different needs. Whether the facial skin is oily, dry, or the person has wrinkles, or dark circles under their eyes - there is an acupuncture remedy to help.
Some benefits of cosmetic acupuncture include a detoxification of the skin, the reduction of fine lines, the firming of sagging skin, increased collagen and elastin production (which helps to both reduce and prevent wrinkles), and the hydration of the skin, among many other visible changes. An added bonus is that there is much less risk in cosmetic acupuncture than its Western alternatives, like botox. Tsai states "It's less invasive, it's less cost, and people can do an acupuncture facial and go right to work." There are no immediate and unsightly physical symptoms after an acupuncture facial has been performed - only long-term physical improvements.
For more information on cosmetic acupunture, please contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at (800) 729-0941, or visit www.PacificCollege.edu