Acupuncture and Aging
Acupuncture, or oriental medicine more generally, has a long history of healing and rejuvenation. It has a great deal to teach us about aging, feeling, and looking well. It is a complex treatment that attends to your entire body and mind, while pinpointing specific areas of concern. The links between acupuncture and aging well are many and include benefits such as: revitalization of body and mind, repair of aging skin, improved sleep quality, and detoxification of the body.
In addition to maintaining physical fitness, many people over the age of 35 (and sometimes younger) are also experimenting with methods that reduce the appearance of aging skin, such as topical creams, dermal fillers, and wrinkle erasers. Unfortunately, some of these methods only temporarily enhance skin appearance. They also introduce chemicals into the body that may cause unwanted and sometimes serious side effects. Thus, many people are turning to more natural methods of rejuvenation, including more eastern-focused practices like acupuncture.
At Revitalogy, founded by Matteo Rosselli, D.O. and Suresh Raja, M.D., we offer wide-ranging treatment options for our patients concerned with aging well. Some, like our endocrine optimization therapies, are groundbreaking advancements in western medical treatments for aging. Others, are more eastern-focused practices, like acupuncture.
Revitalizing Your Body and Mind with an Alternative Anti-Aging Treatment–Acupuncture
A rapidly growing body of research supported by clinically validated results indicates that acupuncture beneficially impacts the central nervous system by promoting release of your body’s natural analgesic (endorphins), synthesizing neurotransmitters and hormones conducive to your health and enhancing expression of neurotrophic factor receptors in your brain. These special receptors support proteins vital to the survival, growth and function of brain cells. Acupuncture has also been found to raise levels of substance P, a chemical implicated in cell growth, pain reduction, generation of new neurons and regulating blood pressure.
A study* investigating anti-aging benefits of acupuncture discovered that subjects undergoing acupuncture experienced beneficial physical and emotional changes involving their lifestyles, outlooks and attitudes regarding their health and well-being. These reported revitalizing effects of acupuncture includes:
Repairing Aging Skin
Stimulating collagen production to tighten and firm up aging skin. The microtrauma theory describing the activation of neural pathyways by inflicting mini-traumas to the skin supports acupunture’s efficacy for improving the appearance of skin. Acupuncture not only relaxes contracted facial muscles but also improves blood flow to problem areas and increases immune system responsiveness to microtraumas.
Facial acupuncture is rapidly becoming the alternative therapy of choice for people who wish to:
- Reduce fine lines, under-eye bags and double chins
- Improve facial muscle tone
- Improve skin tone and color by increasing circulation to facial skin
- Reduce signs of aging and stress without relying on unstable chemicals
- Regulating Hormones
Too much or too little hormones can cause a wide variety of health conditions that sap your energy, make you gain weight even though you haven’t changed your eating habits and increase your stress levels. Revitalogy offers many different hormone replacement, or what we like to call “endocrine optimization,” options. However, many of our patients choose a more eastern-focused treatment plan. Receiving acupuncture on a regular basis stimulates pituitary and hypothalamus activity which imparts a positive impact on all physiological systems and moderates release of neurohormones and neurotransmitters beneficial to brain health.
Acupuncture for Improving Sleep Quality
A review on the effectiveness of acupuncture published in 2003 found multiple studies provided evidence that acupuncture significantly relieved insomnia in hundreds of subjects suffering from poor quality of sleep. By promoting release of pain-reducing endorphins and decreasing levels of stress hormones in the body, acupuncture helps to naturally alleviate common causes of insomnia.
Detoxifying the Body
In addition to exerting a mild diuretic effect on the body, acupuncture helps detoxify your body by eliminating toxins via your gastrointestinal system. Moving toxins out of the body can help reduce cravings for sugary, salty or processed foods responsible for lack of energy, depression and chronic illnesses that accelerate the aging process.
Acupuncture and Aging Well Begins with You
Revitalogy’s pro-vitality institute offers an exciting range of alternative therapies to revitalize your body, mind and spirit. Acupuncture, vitamin supplementation, IV hydration and hormone replacement are just a few of the anti-aging treatments we provide to promote your overall health and wellness.
Call us today at: 561-406-2269 to learn more about effective, holistic methods for feeling great at any age. Or, click the link below to contact us online.
* ALISON GOULD, M.Sc.,and HUGH MACPHERSON, Ph.D.”Patient Perspectives on Outcomes After Treatment with Acupuncture” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 7(3):261-8 · July 2001
Ryan Bishop Dipl. Ac., L.Ac
Alternative Therapies Practitioner
Ryan Bishop L.Ac., LMT is highly skilled and has over 13 years of hands-on healing practice. He has worked in many healthcare facilities, including physical therapy centers, nursing homes, western medical doctors offices and many private residences as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Ryan has traveled the world, practicing acupuncture and other eastern-focused therapies, such as: Reiki, Tui Na, Qigong Healing = (Focused Energy Healing), Cupping, Gua Sha Therapy, Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular body work, Esoteric Acupuncture, and more. His eastern-focused treatments balance and enhance Revitalogy’s western medical advancements, allowing for a holistic approach to pro-vitality aging.