It's Time for a Spring Refresher!

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture: A non-invasive method to appear younger and refreshed


(March 2009)


Say Bye-Bye to Botox and opt instead for facial restoration using the ancient art of Chinese Acupuncture! Similar results may be achieved without adding botulism toxin or scouring the skin with harsh abrasions. Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal (CFAR) is a safe, painless and effective treatment for rejuvenating the face as well as the whole body. The specific goal of cosmetic acupuncture is to improve the Qi and blood flow to the face, neck, and décolletage. Treatments are customized by identifying your unique body constitution and the energetic imbalances involved in your aging process, then determining a treatment diagnosis that addresses the body and facial protocol that is suitable for you.

As a certified CFAR practitioner, I collaborate with you and discuss what facial features you like and which ones you'd like to improve. You may be asked to avoid inflammatory foods such as dairy products, sugar, wheat products, coffee and teas containing caffeine, all artificial sweeteners, fake fats, peanuts & peanut butters, alcohol and all processed foods during treatment. Photos are taken at the initial visit and at the last visit of the treatment series to help you really see the difference a refresher makes.

You might expect to see the following results:


  • A reduction in fine lines - they may even disappear
  • A "leveling" of deeper lines. Deeper lines may never go completely away but they can "fill up" and look softer and less harsh
  • A minimization of the beginning of jowls. CFAR will definitely define the jaw line in women who are starting to get soggy there, it may not make a waddle under the neck vanish completely
  • Improvement in acne and rosascea
  • Softer, more vibrant skin
  • Smoother cheeks
  • An improvement in the overall consistency of skin tone. If you r face has lots of redness, this technique may reduce that considerably
  • Fading of age spots
  • Wrinkles on the décolletage may disappear - those vertical lines that some women get as a result of sun damage
  • Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal may erase as many as 5 to 15 years from any face, with results apparent after just a few visits. A usual course of treatment is from 10 to 20 sessions, twice per week.

Patients not only get good cosmetic results, they also get good health results. Good "side effects" to your general health that you may notice include:


  • Hot flashes or night sweats may stop
  • Eyes look brighter - in Chinese medicine this means that the Shen is more balancedMild depression may lift
  • Mild anxiety may resolve
  • Digestion may improve which will definitely affect what is going on in the skin and on the face
  • You may find you have more energy
  • If you start the visit with a headache, it may be gone when you leave

Some patients can expect visible improvement after the first visit, with ten treatments recommended for noticeable and lasting improvement. People who are compliant with visits, nutrition, rest and, if appropriate, Chinese herbs, will have a glowing complexion and friends will ask what they are doing differently. Celebrity Lucy Liu, the former Charlie's Angel confessed in In Style magazine that she assiduously avoids facials, peels, plastic surgery or anything with the word "abrasion" in it. Instead, she "splurge(es) on acupuncture. It's preventative medicine. You go in once a month and get a little checkup so you're regulated. It has been a part of my culture and my life for a long time, and it really, really works." (quoted on Source:

Contributed by Janice Scott Staron, L.Ac., MSTOM,BS, MA

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