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Research: Gua Sha Improves Microcirculation 400 Percent

Gua Sha is an East Asian treatment which generally uses quite a vigorous rubbing/scraping technique. It is mainly used in China on the patient’s back, for detoxification purposes or for various sprains and injuries throughout the body. (Adkins 2013, p.133) Gua means ‘to scrape or scratch’ and Sha is the resulting redness or rash (Nielsen …

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Facial Acupuncture for Restoring Muscle Tone

In their 2013 study: ‘Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study’ [1], Younghee Yun et al. hypothesised that facial acupuncture ‘affects facial elasticity by restoring resting mimetic muscle tone through the insertion of needles into the muscles of the head, face, and neck.’ We explored the effects of facial …

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The Anti-Ageing Effectiveness of Vitamin A (Retinol)

Retinol (Vitamin A), is well-known as an active ingredient in skin creams and serums. A 2007 randomised, double-blind, vehicle controlled study evaluated the effectiveness of topical retinol in improving naturally aged skin: ‘Topical retinol improves fine wrinkles associated with natural aging. Significant induction of glycosaminoglycan, which is known to retain substantial water, and increased collagen …

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Study Suggests Cosmetic Acupuncture Modulates Water and Oil Content

A 2012 preliminary study* undertaken at the Department of Health, Tsukuba University of Technology in Japan, suggests that cosmetic acupuncture can modulate the water and oil content of the skin: “These preliminary results suggest that cosmetic acupuncture increased the water and oil content of facial skin in a female participant whose water content and oil …

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Facial Acupuncture Improves Skin Elasticity

The Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine published research showing that facial acupuncture improves skin elasticity in July 2013. From August to September 2011 a pilot study* was carried out at Kyung Hee University Hospital in Gangdong, Korea. 28 women aged between 40 – 59 received five sessions of facial acupuncture over three weeks. …

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