Be Well: Acupuncture or Botox?

MSP Mag | March 28, 2019

Acupuncture or Botox? Local Specialists Share Chinese Medicine’s Best Kept Anti-Aging Secret.

Celebrity fads aside, Minnesota’s leading naturopathic university and practitioners agree that the “acu-face-lift” is a great natural alternative to cosmetic surgery or injections.

Cosmetic acupuncture, known casually as an “acu-face-lift,” boasts a more natural approach to smoothing out your complexion than surgery or Botox. While it still involves needles to various areas of the face, cosmetic acupuncture doesn’t involve pain or a recovery period. Instead, practitioners say you’ll leave the session with brighter, glowing skin and the bonus of feeling relaxed.

So how does it work?

After a traditional Chinese Medical Assessment, the acupuncturist adds extremely thin needles to areas in the head, face, and neck that work with the meridian system. The needles bring increased blood flow and energy flow (or chi) into the area, says Barbara Gosse, L.Ac and assistant professor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Programs at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

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