Facial Acupuncture Benefits

Facial Acupuncture Benefits

Old Age Secrets in a New Age World

We live in a world where we encounter the standards set by the beauty industry at every turn , offering numerous invasive treatments to turn back the clock.

However, there’s a growing trend towards holistic and natural approaches to enhance one’s natural beauty and rejuvenate the skin. One such approach is facial acupuncture, deeply rooted in traditional Chinese medicine-and it’s making a comeback in today’s world!

Facial acupuncture presents an alternative that doesn’t require surgery or drastic measures. Let’s dive into the benefits of facial acupuncture, how it works, and the three distinct forms we offer: Cosmetic Acupuncture, Nanoneedling, and Microneedling.

Facial Acupuncture Benefits

Natural Anti-Aging:

Often referred to as “natural Botox,” facial acupuncture can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. Collagen is a vital protein that provides structure to the skin. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. Through the use of fine needles into the skin, facial acupuncture prompts the body to produce more collagen. This results in firmer, smoother skin, which retains a youthful appearance.

Improved Skin Texture:

Elastin is another essential protein that maintains skin elasticity. The stimulation of blood flow and oxygen supply to the facial tissues through facial acupuncture promotes the production of these proteins, reducing puffiness and enhancing skin texture. This not only leads to a more radiant complexion but also helps to reverse the effects of aging by restoring skin’s natural elasticity.

Stress Reduction:

In addition to its cosmetic advantages, facial acupuncture’s roots in traditional acupuncture offer the added benefit of stress reduction. Stress is a major contributor to premature aging and skin issues. The precise insertion of needles at specific points on the face and body can alleviate stress and anxiety, contributing to an overall youthful appearance and improved well-being. Reduced stress levels can help prevent the formation of stress lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin looking more relaxed and youthful.

Enhanced Muscle Tone:

Facial acupuncture can target specific facial muscles to lift and tone, providing a non-surgical facelift effect. Muscles that sag with age can be revitalized through acupuncture. This natural approach enhances facial muscle tone, helping to reverse the effects of aging. It’s like a workout for the face, increasing circulation and rejuvenating facial muscles.

Improved Skin Vitality:

Many patients report experiencing a healthy glow and enhanced skin vitality after undergoing a course of facial acupuncture treatments. The holistic approach of this ancient technique fosters overall well-being that shines through in one’s complexion. Improved circulation and the body’s natural healing response combine to give the skin a refreshed, revitalized appearance.

But HOW Does Facial Acupuncture Work?

Facial acupuncture works wonders in promoting skin rejuvenation through a fascinating process. By delicately inserting fine acupuncture needles into specific points on the face, controlled microtrauma within the skin’s dermal layer are created. While it may seem counterintuitive, this minor “injury” triggers the body’s natural healing response, leading to a significant increase in collagen production – a crucial protein responsible for skin structure and firmness.

In addition to collagen stimulation, facial acupuncture enhances blood circulation within the treated areas. This improved circulation ensures a better supply of essential nutrients and oxygen to the skin, facilitating tissue repair, collagen synthesis, and the removal of waste products and toxins. Moreover, acupuncture is believed to influence the release of fibroblasts and growth factors, such as TGF-beta (transforming growth factor-beta), which play a vital role in collagen and elastin production.

Acupuncture plays a pivotal role in regulating inflammation, fostering an environment conducive to collagen formation and remodeling. Additionally, acupuncture’s influence extends to the nervous system and hormonal balance, contributing to collagen stimulation. Specific acupuncture points have the potential to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, potentially affecting tissue repair and regeneration, while also influencing hormone levels.

Types of Facial Acupuncture Treatments at Lokahi Acupuncture:

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture:

A non-invasive, natural method involving fine needle insertion into specific facial points to boost collagen, enhance blood flow, reduce wrinkles, and achieve a youthful glow.


A newer and less invasive approach, nanoneedling utilizes a textured surface to create microscopic channels in the skin, smoothing out skin tone and improving the absorption of skincare products.


Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling employs fine needles to create micro-injuries that trigger the body’s natural wound healing process, promoting the production of collagen and elastin in fine lines and wrinkles.
Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post, where we’ll delve into each treatment, helping you discover the one that’s the perfect fit for your needs!

This article is written by Smriti Shamapant, DACM, LAc, Dipl OM. She is a dedicated Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Lokahi Acupuncture, with a unique blend of expertise in facial rejuvenation, pain, and pediatric care. Feel free to reach her at smriti@lokahiacupuncture.com for assistance in choosing the right treatment to meet your unique needs.

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What Is Acupuncture & How Does It Work

What Is Acupuncture & How Does It Work

Have you ever been recommended to try acupuncture, but have no idea what it really is?

It’s totally normal to be skeptical about a medical treatment that involves inserting needles into your body. However, acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years and is widely used today for various conditions.

In this blog post, we’ll provide you with an informative guide on what acupuncture is and how it works to help relieve pain and promote overall wellness.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a medicine system that originated in ancient China. The treatment involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points in the body to promote natural healing and alleviate pain.

The needles used in acupuncture are so thin that it’s common not to experience any pain, and if you do, it’s minimal. Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, fertility, allergies, and insomnia.

How Does it Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body, known as acupoints, that are believed to be connected by pathways known as meridians.

These meridians conduct energy or “qi” throughout the body, which is vital for maintaining health and wellness. When the flow of qi is disrupted, it can lead to physical, emotional, or mental imbalances and illnesses.

Acupuncture aims to restore the body’s balance and unblock energy to allow for natural healing.

What Can You Expect During an Acupuncture Session?

During an acupuncture session, you’ll be asked to lie down on a table or sit in a chair while the acupuncturist inserts the needles into various acupoints in your body.

The needles will be left in for several minutes and may be accompanied by other treatments such as heat therapy or electrical stimulation. The number of needles used during a session can vary depending on the condition being treated.

Is Acupuncture Safe and Effective?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist. There are few side effects, and those that do occur are usually mild and temporary.

Research on the effectiveness of acupuncture shows that it can be extremely effective for certain conditions such as knee pain, headache, migraine, low back pain and fertility.

Acupuncture is a natural and non-invasive treatment that has been used for thousands of years to promote healing and relieve pain. If you are interested in trying acupuncture, make sure to find a licensed and experienced acupuncturist who can answer any questions you may have and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further inquiries or concerns or schedule a free consultation here.

Anna Rudel
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6 Commonly Asked Questions About Acupuncture

6 Commonly Asked Questions About Acupuncture

What You Need to Know About Acupuncture:
6 Commonly Asked Questions About Acupuncture

Traditional East Asian Medicine & Acupuncture have gained a lot of popularity in recent years.Despite its growing popularity, many people still have questions about this ancient practice.

In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture.

1: Will acupuncture hurt?

One of the most common apprehensions surrounding acupuncture is the fear of experiencing pain during the procedure. However, this concern is often unfounded as the needles used in acupuncture are incredibly thin, resembling the width of a hair strand.

Due to their delicate nature, they rarely cause any discomfort or pain when inserted properly.

On the contrary, numerous individuals have expressed feelings of deep relaxation and tranquility throughout the treatment session. The process is generally well-tolerated, and many even describe the sensation as barely noticeable, if felt at all. The practitioner’s expertise in precise needle placement plays a significant role in ensuring a painless experience.

2: Are acupuncture needles sterile?

At our acupuncture clinic, we prioritize your health and safety above all else.

That’s why we adhere strictly to the guidelines set by the State of California, which outline the best practices for acupuncture needle usage. According to these regulations, all acupuncture needles should be sterile, single-use, and disposable, ensuring a clean and hygienic experience for each and every patient.

We use our needles only once, before disposing of them in our sharps containers. You can rest assured knowing that you are in safe hands.

3: How long will the needles be in?

When you come in for an acupuncture session, one of the common questions that might arise is how long the needles will be in place. The duration varies depending on the type of treatment you are receiving, but on average, patients typically retain the acupuncture needles for a period of 20 to 40 minutes.

This timeframe allows sufficient time for the therapeutic effects of the treatment to take place.  During this time, your practitioner will check on you and may make adjustments to the needles as needed.

You don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable during the treatment as our practitioners are skilled and experienced in ensuring your comfort. As the minutes pass by, you might even find yourself embracing a sense of calm and serenity. Many patients report feeling deeply relaxed during their acupuncture sessions, and some have even described it as a welcome escape from the stresses of daily life.

4: What should I wear to an acupuncture treatment?

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes are ideal for acupuncture treatments. It’s important to ensure that you feel relaxed and comfortable during the treatment, so we recommend avoiding tight, restrictive clothing.

5: Is there anything I should know before getting an acupuncture treatment?

Yes! It’s important to make sure that you’ve eaten something substantial within two hours before your treatment. This ensures that you won’t feel faint or uncomfortable during the treatment.

Additionally, we recommend not doing anything strenuous immediately after your treatment as you’ll feel extremely relaxed and may need time to adjust back to your daily routine.

Read more about what to expect at your first acupuncture appointment here.

6: Why is there so much paperwork?

Before beginning your acupuncture treatment, we need to get a detailed picture of your medical history, symptoms and concerns. This helps us to arrive at an accurate diagnosis sooner and better direct your treatment plan.

The more information you provide, the better we can understand your individual needs.

We hope this blog post has answered some of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture.

If you’re still curious, we encourage you to book an appointment and come see our skilled practitioners at our acupuncture clinic.

Remember, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that can have numerous benefits for your overall health and wellness. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further inquiries or concerns.

Anna Rudel
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What is Trauma-Informed Acupuncture Care?

What is Trauma-Informed Acupuncture Care?

Trauma is an important topic related to acupuncture, as many people’s health complaints can be linked to or worsened by a history of traumatic experiences.

Trauma-Informed Acupuncture Care

Acupuncture, as a unique therapy that can positively impact the body as well as the mind, (or the “body-mind”) can be particularly beneficial for patients in which a history of trauma is a major factor.

Which conditions related to trauma can acupuncture help treat?

  • Headache
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

This list is based on both clinical experience, and the findings of a research paper, titled: “The effectiveness of trauma related research across components of the trauma spectrum response (tsr): a systematic review of reviews” (Lee et al, 2012).

Do I need to see a therapist for trauma or is trauma-informed acupuncture enough on its own?

When trauma is the major factor related to a health condition, we recommend also being under the care of a mental health profession to learn to thrive while living with a history of trauma. Psychotherapy with a somatic sensory-based approach may be especially helpful in cases related to trauma (Kearney and Lanius, 2021).

Acupuncture is another modality that can support a patient in a number of ways.

How is acupuncture helpful for trauma?

  • Regulates autonomic nervous system – takes us out of “fight, flight or freeze” mode, and puts us into “relax, repair, rebuild” mode.
  • Acupuncture helps reduce the symptoms of traumatic stress in the body, without necessarily having to talk about or re-experience the trauma.
  • Helps patients have positive experiences of therapeutic touch to add to their memory bank, building a sense of trust and security.
  • Regulates multiple body systems simultaneously for a sense of wellbeing and resilience.

Do I have to tell my acupuncturist the whole story of the trauma that I experienced in order to get relief from my symptoms?

No, it is not required to share with a clinician about a trauma to receive the health benefit of acupuncture related to trauma. We practice trauma-informed acupuncture here at Lokahi Acupuncture, so we consider that any patient that comes through the door may have a history of trauma, even if they haven’t shared it with us. That means we create a treatment experience that respects the dignity and autonomy of patients, and avoids re-traumatizing.

However, some patients choose to share about their trauma and that is ok too. It’s ok to tell your story, and it is also ok to just mention a condition is related to trauma, but not go into detail – how much a patient shares is up to the patient.

Some patients find it helpful to share with their acupuncturist if they need certain conditions maintained such as keeping the room well lighted or the door open. Patients that experience frequent flashbacks related to post-traumatic stress disorder may also choose to share with us, so that we know how we can help if a patient experiences a flashback while at the clinic.

Am I the only one experiencing this?

If you are experiencing health concerns that you feel are related to trauma, please know that you are definitely not alone in this.

Trauma is actually found to be widespread, though certain groups have a higher risk of being exposed to more trauma throughout their lives, and some individuals have greater lifetime effects of trauma to their health (Tebes et al, 2019).

While more information is making its way to the public about the effects of trauma on health in recent years, it is still a topic that is often not widely shared. As clinicians that take an oath of confidentiality, we hear stories daily of how traumatic events affect the lives and health of our patients.

Please know that you are not alone in this, and that there are helpful therapies available.

Anna Rudel
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Welcome to Lokahi Acupuncture

What to Expect At Your First Acupuncture Appointment

Taking the plunge and trying acupuncture for the first time can be overwhelming.

To make this step easier, it’s important to be as informed as possible about what to expect from your first acupuncture appointment.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that has been practiced across many cultures and across thousands of years, making it a safe and effective method of healthcare. This guide is designed to help you understand the basics of acupuncture and feel more confident in your decision to give it a try.

Welcome to the Clinic

When you enter the clinic, you will be warmly greeted by our front desk staff who will guide you through the check-in process and show you around. Take a seat in the waiting room and your acupuncturist will be notified of your arrival.

We recommend arriving for your first acupuncture appointment well-fed, as acupuncture can cause some slight lightheadedness if you have an empty stomach.

Taking the time to nourish yourself and make sure you are ready beforehand is key to getting the most out of your session.

Getting to know you

Your practitioner will take you into your treatment room and ask a series of questions to help determine the root cause of the issue. They may also look at your tongue and feel your pulse for additional insight into your health.

Once completed, the acupuncturist will leave the room to allow you to get onto the table in preparation for your treatment.

Your Acupuncture treatment

Your practitioner will re-enter the room and your treatment will begin.

They will identify points on your body that best support you, wiping the point with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol before inserting the acupuncture needles. Don’t worry – insertion of the acupuncture needles is virtually painless and often only involves a slight sensation.

Your acupuncturist may ask for feedback to ensure you feel comfortable throughout the session. Relax as much as possible for an optimal experience.

Resting – the most important part!

Once the acupuncture needles are positioned correctly, your practitioner will check in with you to make sure that you are comfortable. They may provide a heat lamp on your feet or a hot pack on your abdomen if desired.

Additionally, they will provide a call button should you need to get a hold of them during your resting time.

As soothing music plays in the background, relax into the experience and allow the needles to do their work. Your practitioner will check in on you after a few minutes, and then leave you again so that you can rest for the remainder of the session.

Ending your session

After your rest, your acupuncturist will come back into the treatment room to remove the needles. Once they leave, you can take a few moments to come to before meeting them again in the reception area.

Your acupuncturist will then give advice on when it may be best for you to come back in for a follow-up treatment.

Lokahi Acupuncture is a collaborative acupuncture clinic in the heart of San Jose, known for its next-level care and skilled practitioners. Whether you’re looking for relief from chronic pain, specific disorders, or to maintain good health, the team at Lokahi Acupuncture is here to help you on your journey to wellness. If you would like to make an appointment, please click here.

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