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Drinking the Moon: Cosmetic Acupuncture for Radiant Skin!

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Last week was the full moon, and not just any moon - the SUPER moon and lunar eclipse. A glowing orb of luminescent orange played peekabo throughout the night, and I watched in fascination of the silver light that hung brilliantly in the air.

In Daoist traditions, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, the moon is the great symbol of yin, or the essential feminine qualities of the world. This is opposed to the sun, which is pure yang.

In most places around the globe a lustrous white like the moon embodies the feminine: a string of pearls, the flowing dress of a bride, or a white moonstone piece popularly given to brides in India.

Have you ever really wondered about the power of moonlight? I do. The sun has an incredible effect on our bodies and can change our skin in a matter of hours (or minutes for fair skinned ladies like myself). So what about the moon? Traditional Chinese Medicine (the foundational theories of acupuncture) stem from Daoism.

Going back thousands of years, ancient Daoist meditations are practiced to actually "drink the moon."

By allowing moonlight onto our bodies and taking it in through the mouth it was said to enhance and normalize the balance of yin to yang. As we age, women in particular have less yin available and balancing yin and yang helps to counter aging effects like wrinkles, fine lines and a dry or reddish complexion.

Starting this next month I will be using acupuncture to enhace the essential and powerful natural feminine or yin. These are qualities of beauty and glow that all women have been blessed with and that acupuncture brings out naturally, without chemical additives. It's the juiciness of yin that makes your skin radiate with moisture and beauty!

Often called "facial rejuvenation acupuncture" or "cosmetic acupuncture" this ancient technique has been used for centuries to enhance skin tone and tightness, clarity, evenness and brightness. In biomedical terms, it:

* Improves muscle tone and dermal contraction

* Adds elasticity to the skin

* Stimulates fibroblasts and elastin

* Increases collagen production and has an effect on its dispersal

* Promotes skin rejuvenation via increased facial circulation

* Increases oxygen consumption of the skin

* Detoxifies facial tissues including the skin

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is often used as an alternative to botox or other invasive/laser procedures. Treatments are conducted in a normal 60 minute session. To attain optimal results, patients are recommended to get a series of 10 weekly treatments followed by monthly maintenance visits.

If this peaks your interest feel free to contact me for a complimentary consultation about whether you would be a good candidate for facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Here's to beauty from the inside out!

Peace, Love and Light to you,

Monica Walters, L.Ac.

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