09. 09. 2007
Acupuncture beauty treatments
Apparently, acupuncture beauty treatments are becoming all the rage in Japan. Interestingly, the inspiration came from Hollywood, where celebrities made this practice somehow glamorous. It has to happen this way, as acupuncture is too commonplace in Asia for it be considered trendy until trendy people in other parts of the world put a twist on it. No doubt, the hype will come full circle and cosmetic acupuncture will take off in the U.S. as a result of its growing popularity in Japan. And if the costs of acupuncture treatments in general is any indicator, acupuncture beauty treatments in U.S. clinics or spas will come at a much higher cost than in comparable facilities in Japan or other Asian countries (one clinic in Tokyo charges $86 for a 70-minute treatment). Where I live, near Washington, D.C., Asian-trained practitioners often charge a fraction of what their American-trained counterparts charge for similar treatments.
I'm much more comfortable with the idea of acupuncture as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and sagging skin than the idea of injecting Botox - they both involve needles, but acupuncture doesn't involve the introduction of toxic substances (or any substances for that matter) into your skin. Nor do you have to risk the dangers of anesthesia and the recovery time that come with plastic surgery.
I've had acupuncture numerous times for back and neck pain, TMJ, bronchitis and migraines, and on occasion have found that certain treatments have unexpected side benefits. For instance, I noticed that acupuncture for a neck injury also helped with TMJ. This is one way in which acupuncture got discovered as a cosmetic treatment; one practitioner found that patients treated with acupuncture for facial paralysis also experienced a reduction in wrinkles and sagging.
Via The Nikkei Weekly.