Many people in recent
years have used acupuncture for “face-lift” or “facial-toning”
treatments. We went looking for acupuncturists who specialized in facial
rejuvenation acupuncture and found the authority at the Tao of Wellness
in Santa Monica, California. One of the founders, Dr. Maoshing Ni, is a
licensed acupuncturist and a board certified anti-aging health
practitioner. Along with his brother, he also founded Yo San University
of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles.
Mao, as he is known to his patients has been interviewed in the New York
Times and L.A. Times and has appeared on Fox News, CBS News and other
media interviews. According to Dr. Mao, “we have happily and successful
administered many facial rejuvenation treatments,” which he believes
that “your face is ultimately a reflection of your internal health and
He went on to outline
the Tao of Wellness Facial Rejuvenation Program, which consists of eight
components: acupuncture, herbal supplements, topical applications, diet
and nutrition, massage, stress release/mind conditioning, exercise, and
life style/environment. That is a pretty tall order. We asked him a few
more questions and here is what he told us.
many treatments does it take to see a difference?
“Let me tell you how
our program works. Some patients require immediate results, say, for a
part in a movie they are starring in shortly. These cases call for
intensive therapy that involves 2-3 acupuncture treatments each week for
6 to 8 weeks, facial massage twice a week for the same duration. But
normally, most people opt for the long term perspective which require
acupuncture treatments once a week for 3-4 months, then maintenance
treatments once a month thereafter.”
What can patients expect the result to be?
“Many patients have
reported a tightening sensation on their face after their treatments and
over the course of their acupuncture/massage sessions, visible changes
have been observed on their face. These are besides the increased
energy, clarity and happiness that often accompany the rejuvenation
Will the results be immediately noticeable like Botox injections?
“Of course, we tell
our patients not to expect results like plastic surgery or botox
injections where over-night, one’s face transforms drastically. What can
be expected however from our facial rejuvenation program is a more
natural, healthier and toned facial appearance.”
What is unique about your program?
“The advantage of our
rejuvenation program lies in its holistic approach that addresses the
actual causes of skin aging due to aging factors as opposed to
procedures like plastic surgery which masks without correcting the
underlying imbalances. For people who are not motivated to work at
changing their health habits, plastic surgery may suit their needs
patients are given herbal supplements, such as our proprietary Exquisite
Skin formula that nourish the skin and promote healthy body functions
within. Patients are counseled on a special beauty-skin diet and
nutritional intake designed to detoxify as well as promoting structural
What about massage and exercise, are they important?
“Facial massage is
performed weekly or every other weekly. Our patients are also taught to
perform self-massage at home with our proprietary herbal Regenerating
Cream and Tonic Oil daily. Exercises, including Chi/energy and
cardiovascular types, can contribute to improved blood flow into the
face and elsewhere. Standing on your head for one minute, for example,
can help increase blood flow to the face and relax the tense muscles.
equanimity of the mind and minimizing stress are essential in preventing
and reducing wrinkle formation on one’s face. We teach our patients
methods to achieve inner harmony through meditation and other
techniques. We usually send them home with our “Stress Release
Meditation” CD which features a g15-minute guided visualization
What else do you educate your patients in?
environment also impacts their health cumulatively. Ever notice that
lack of sleep or sleeping-in late cause those bags under your eyes! How
about air conditioning drying out your skin! What about sun damage and
what to do? We educate our patients about the importance of a good
lifestyle and how to counteract adverse environmental conditions.”
Because we have heard
that many stars frequent Tao of Wellness, we asked which celebrity has
received acupuncture face-lift treatments. With a resolute look, Dr. Mao
replied sternly, “We preserve our patient’s privacy and take it very
seriously. Plus, it’s protected by HIPAA.” HIPAA is the recently passed
patient information privacy law.
What we came away
from our interview with the top expert is that optimal health and
wellness are the foundation to youthful complexion. It requires work on
the patient’s part in integrating acupuncture with healthy lifestyle and
fitness, and addressing the root cause. Through the process,
acupuncturists and doctors of Chinese medicine can help you not only to
present a younger face to the world but also hopefully allow you to
express a healthier, youthful and vital you. Just don’t expect to wake
up from your treatments looking 20 years younger!