Ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine with modern skin care science.
Ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine with modern skin care science.
Balanced health from the inside out
Balanced health is achieved by having an unobstructed ﬂow of life energy - called qi (chee) - through the meridian pathways of the body. When there is a blockage of the qi ﬂow thru a meridian, pain, aging and ill health follows.
Acupuncture needles and botanical medicine remove blockages and restore the free ﬂow of the qi, leading to health and vitality.
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You can think of it as an elevated acupuncture treatment as it begins with full body acupuncture to address the underlying cause of your skin concerns. Needles are then applied to various areas of the face specific to your skin needs and goals to both address them locally as well as work with the body needles since this is a holistic system of medicine. You will then rest under an LED light with your needles in which has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. Your cosmetic acupuncture treatment ends with a form of gua sha or manual facial manipulation and auricular therapy. Organic Eminence products likely will be used to cleanse and/or moisturize the skin and to enhance the effects of treatment. After treatment Dr. Lauren will discuss with you the trajectory of your treatment plan, and other lifestyle, diet and herbal adjustments to achieve your goals.
Please arrive with a cleansed face or with the understanding that it will be cleansed if not. Ideally your skin should be free from any type of product including moisturizer, serums and oils to ensure the full absorption of the LED therapy. Please also make sure to have eaten 1-2 hours before your appointment so that you are neither too hungry or too full.
During your treatment, your body is realigning back into balance which takes energy and resources. It is recommended to increase your water intake, and avoid iced or frozen food and drinks. Free flow is promoted by warmth so it is also recommended to remain covered and warm to increase and extend the benefits of your treatment. Going into a sauna or hot tub, or exercising is ok but generally you want to avoid heavy sweating and minimize uncovered skin exposure. Please allow your skin to breathe, and try your best to go make-up and product free the rest of the day. If you will be in the sun, wear a hat and a high quality low ingredient SPF. This can be a tender time after moving and redistributing Qi + Blood flow, be gentle with yourself
During your initial appointment with Dr. Lauren, you will discuss goals, medical history, and lifestyle habits extensively so that a unique treatment plan can be formulated to reach the results you desire. A series of 10-12 treatments with 1 treatment per week is recommended for optimal results. After that a monthly follow up treatment is recommended for maintenance. Cosmetic acupuncture often yields satisfactory results, however it should not be compared to other treatments such as face lifts, botox, or fillers. While it leaves you with a lasting glow, firmed, lifted, and plumped skin, improved complexion, and most importantly feeling better in your body as a whole, it is not a time machine. Instead it is about feeling radiant and whole from skin to soul.
Yes, however it must be after 2-3 weeks from the procedure. This allowed time for any botox or fillers to settle in and not risk any moving of the product.
You are already glowing! Let’s get you booked for an acupuncture appointment instead to support the ease of your prenatal season, and prepare you for the adjustment to a new human in your life! We like to direct Qi + Blood flow to the womb rather than the face at this time so that you and your baby can receive optimal and essential nutrients for health.
Yes! In Chinese Medicine there are many different reasons we can experience acne. Cosmetic acupuncture can address both the root cause and the active breakouts or scarring left behind. All ages are welcome to receive this treatment from puberty to post menopause. Herbal and dietary therapies are often incorporated in post treatment recommendations to improve the outcome of this condition.
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine which uses foundational and meridian theory to redistribute Qi + Blood throughout the body by inserting hair thin needles in specific points to alleviate all kinds of imbalance symptoms. You can expect to do a full in depth intake regarding your concerns with Dr. Lauren on your initial appointment so that together you can come up with a treatment plan to support your health and wellbeing. The intake will be followed by a full treatment which may include cupping, gua sha, and ear seeds as well. Dr. Lauren often will follow up with herbal and dietary recommendations based on your specific conditions.
Please arrive 1-2 hours after eating something as we recommend not being too hungry or too full so that your body can focus on treatment and not digesting. You are welcome to completely undress during treatment as you will be under covers, however access to up to your elbows and up to your knees are often necessary. If you choose to stay dressed please wear something loose and comfortable so that Dr. Lauren can access these areas easily. With digestive, menstrual, and fertility support, access to the abdomen is often ideal as well.
During your treatment, your body is realigning back into balance which takes energy and resources. It is recommended to increase your water intake, and avoid iced or frozen food and drinks. Free flow is promoted by warmth so it is also recommended to remain covered and warm to increase and extend the benefits of your treatment. Going into a sauna or hot tub, or exercising is ok but generally you want to avoid heavy sweating and minimize uncovered skin exposure. This can be a tender time after moving and redistributing Qi + Blood flow, be gentle with yourself.
Based on your initial appointment, you and Dr. Lauren will come up with a treatment plan and frequency that feels comfortable to you. Often 2 treatments/month is recommended, with acute cases sometimes requiring 1x/week. Once per month is a good maintenance for overall support once you are feeling good and symptoms have normalized.
Absolutely, and it is encouraged! Dr. Lauren is educated on prenatal treatments and would love to support you in your season of growing and preparing to welcome a new human into your life. It is safe during all trimesters.
Acupuncture is generally recommended for ages 12 and up, however Dr. Lauren would be happy to see anyone younger and provide non-invasive Chinese Medicine techniques such as acupressure, auricular therapy (ear seeds), and dietary/herbal recommendations.
Controlled fire is inserted into the cup and quickly removed while the cup is then applied to the skin. The change in temperature creates a suction which lifts the skin away from the muscles and suspends it there to create space for stagnations in between to be released. This is beneficial for anywhere from muscle tightness and pain to colds and flus. Based on your concerns and what you would like to address, Dr. Lauren will either apply stationary cups only or use a combination of stationary and sliding cups. Gua sha is also often applied to get deeper into areas where cups don’t naturally fit comfortably like the neck, scapula and spine. It is often a face down back treatment, however depending on where your concern is centered cups can also be applied to the legs, and abdomen. You may leave looking like you got attacked by an octopus but you will feel relaxed and relieved.
Please arrive not too hungry or full. You are welcome to completely undress during treatment as you will be under covers, however access to areas of concern will be required. If you choose to stay dressed please wear something loose and comfortable so that you can relax.
Please stay covered and warm in the areas treated for 24 hours after. This means avoiding surfing, swimming, or cold pools during this time and longer if able. Please also increase hydration so that the pulled up stagnations can be easily removed in your body’s waste process.
The circles or hearts that are left on the skin after a cupping treatment are indications that stagnations have been released from the muscle layer. They may look like bruises or be red and puffy but are often painless and flatten within 24 hours. They change color as they heal and last up to 7-10 days after treatment.
Yes we do! If you prefer these, please let us know prior to your appointment so that Dr. Lauren can get them set up for you. Otherwise circle glass cups will be the default cups used since they are preferred for sliding techniques.