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Facial Enhancement Package

15 sessions

  • Month 1        every 4 days     (9 sessions)
  • Month 2        every week       (4 sessions)
  • Month 3        every fortnight  (2 sessions)

 

Pure Healthcare offers a facial enhancement package for people suffering from persistent or unsightly facial conditions. Some of the common ailments that can be treated are shown below:

Acne :

Often cited as the most common cutaneous disorder in the Western world, acne is caused by greasy secretions from the sebaceous (oily) glands. Although diet and poor hygiene are attributed as the usual causes, heredity and hormones also play a major part. As teenagers grow, their sex hormones (androgens) increase and this produces more testosterone which signals the body to produce more sebum (oil). This oil clogs hair follicles and leaks into nearby tissue forming a reservoir of sebum (a pustule.) Bacteria grows in the clogged areas and this results in pimples being formed. These pimples look like little volcanoes (The Greek root of the word acne is acme which means eruption or highest point).

Note: It is more common for people with oily skin to have acne.

Traditional Five Element acupuncture

  • Stomach – Spleen channel : Stagnated digestion or transportation can result in facial blemishes which can be reduced by needling.
  • Lung – Large Intestine channel : can restrain overactive sebaceous glands.

Surrounding the dragon

A very traditional TCM technique is called “Surrounding the Dragon.” In the case of acne, the ‘dragon’ is the pimple. The offending area is completely surrounded by fine intradermal needles, which re-directs qi underneath the damaged tissue and regenerates the skin. Pantothenic acid and/or retinol serum (vitamin A) can be applied to affected areas after needling, this has a drying effect which will help to clear up the excess oils.

 

Eczema:

Eczema is thought to be caused by a breakdown of the immune system, most probably stemming from some form of allergy.

The most common reactions are:

  • Coming into contact with certain fabrics or substances such as common household    products, (soap, detergents),
  • Touching animal fur or other fabrics or materials,
  • Extreme changes in temperature (hot or cold)
  • Certain types of food (nuts, shellfish)

Any of these may precipitate severe itching followed by a dry, thickened or scaly skin rash. This itching usually feels like a burning sensation and the word eczema comes from the Greek: ec + zein - to boil.

Basic physical mechanics:

Eczema sufferers don’t produce enough oil or fat. This lack of protection means the skin doesn’t retain water well so regular moisturizing is always recommended as the first line of defence.

Other preventative measures include:

  • Avoiding contact with fabrics or animals which are known to cause an   allergic reaction
  • Not using soaps or detergents which contain harsh chemicals
  • Cooling down gradually after sweating from heavy exercise

Traditional Five Element acupuncture

In TCM, eczema is seen as a reflection of overall physical condition. As the lungs are the organs responsible for the condition of the skin, TCM considers that some earlier (childhood) lung problem such as mild asthma, bronchitis etc.) is still remains dormant in the system as a long term pathogen. When something in the present environment triggers a reaction, the dormant pathogen is stimulated and enters the blood stream generating excess heat which eventually affects the skin as eczema.

Therefore before treating specific points (on the face or elsewhere) using the ‘Surrounding the Dragon’ technique, a thorough full body unhealthy qi drain followed by regular acupuncture treatment is usually advisable. Treatment on specific problem areas can then be begun as necessary. Western medical laboratories have also developed many effective creams and lotions that can be prescribed as well as traditional TCM herbal remedies. It is however important to note that these should not contain steroids or chemicals and alcohol often found in regular anti-histamine formulas.

 

Rosacea

Rosacea is a vascular change which results in redness and flushes. To begin with the redness usually occurs on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead although it can spread to the neck, ears and chest. If left untreated, broken blood vessels will thicken and swell which will also cause the eyes to become red, swollen and painful.

Indicators:

  • Stinging or burning skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Visibility problems
  • Swollen nose
  • Patches of dry skin

These symptoms are followed by the eruption of papules, pustules, and cysts (sebaceous break outs similar to acne can also occur.)

Causes

Although the exact causes are not known, there are several different factors that play a role in the development of rosacea.

  • Genetics
  • Over exposure to the sun causing widening of the facial blood vessels
  • Mites - these tiny organisms are present in everyone’s skin but if there are too         many they become an irritant
  • Bacteria in the intestines which raises the digestive hormone (gastrin) and causes     acid reflux
  • Emotional stress
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Hot and spicy foods

Rosacea is often encountered in middle age and is most predominant in fair haired, blue eyed women between 30 – 50 years old. When the face has large areas of redness on the nose, cheeks, forehead or chin it can of course affect self-esteem and confidence.

Preventative measures:

  • Wear sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat when out in direct sunlight
  • Use gentle skin care products that do not have harsh ingredients or alcohol    content
  • After washing the face, only blot dry, don’t rub the surface with a towel
  • Face massage whenever possible

Traditional Five Element acupuncture

The word rosacea is Latin for ‘rose coloured’ and the flushing seen in the face is indicative of this colouring. In TCM flushing is considered as a condition of stagnant heat being trapped in the lungs, stomach and spleen. This shows up in the cheeks as red blotches or blemishes on the:

  • upper cheeks – stomach/spleen
  • lower cheeks - lungs)

The heat causes the blood vessels to expand and thicken and prevents the free flow of blood. This not only affects the face but also other areas of the body (women may also experience period problems etc.) Acupuncture needling that disperses heat and qi stagnation is the initial course of treatment. This will re-balance the body’s acidity levels which is the key to reducing heat in the system.

Lifestyle:

It goes without saying that some changes may also have to be made to general lifestyle. The following may be helpful to aid the efficacy of the acupuncture treatment:

  • Reduce or omit eating hot or spicy food
  • Drink more water and fluids to cool down the system
  • Take additional supplements and vitamins (especially Vit C and E)
  • Drink herbal teas that have a cooling down effect (such as sage, elder or yarrow)
  • Add some additional food products rich in fibre to the everyday diet
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Avoid inhaling smoke or noxious fumes

Psoriasis:

Psoriasis is actually caused by the skin cells growing too quickly. It usually occurs on the scalp where flakes pile up in red patches with silvery white scales on top. The psoriasis comes from the Greek psora meaning itch and this is what they do – itch like crazy. Although this may feel like its driving you mad it is best to do anything you possible can to prevent you from scratching as this will often cause the scales to be pulled off and bleeding to occur (which may become infected). On a cellular basis the cells of the immune system (T lymphocyte) attack healthy skin cells by mistake. This triggers the skin to produce new skin cells at a faster rate than normal. This accelerated rate causes them to die quickly resulting in a build-up of thickening, shedding and scaling of the surface of the skin.

Preventative measures:

  • Use shampoo suitable for dry and flaky scalp
  • Don’t scratch
  • Use cooled moisturizers – put in fridge first
  • Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil massaged into the scalp (not just the hair) have       been known to be effective in a number of cases
  • Never blow dry your hair

Note: It is not a contagious disease, but is hereditary.

Traditional Five Element acupuncture

There are many types of psoriasis ranging from scalp psoriasis to those that affect the knees, elbows and back. TCM considers the caused by blood-dryness, heat in the blood, blood stasis, damp-heat, or fire and toxic-heat. This heat is often created as a result of stress or anxiety, which affects the liver and kidney. TCM diagnosis will identify the exact cause and needed treatment.

 

Price for the 15 session facial enhancement program - $2750

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