Acupuncture as a Treatment for Facial Wrinkles - Does it Work?

List: Posted: 09/21/11

Acupuncture straddles the line between alternative therapy and accepted medical treatments.  It is recommended by some professionals and doctors for many different types of treatments, with facial acupuncture becoming more popular all the time.  Acupuncture on the face may nor may not be effective, but hasn’t been clinically proven to have any substantial effects on wrinkles as of yet.

Acupuncture for wrinkles is applied directly to the face.  Sometimes, the practitioner may use electric currents applied through the needles to increase the effect, though many dermatologists and medical doctors find this to be a placebo treatment, at best. Many people aren’t convinced that acupuncture will do anything to get rid of wrinkles.  They also point out that acupuncture claims to manipulate a human energy called “qi” or “chi,” that has never been scientifically established to exist anywhere in the body or outside of it.

Some people claim that acupuncture helps them reduce their wrinkles.  While the anecdotal nature of this evidence may be compelling if acupuncture was cheap, it can sometimes be just as expensive, or more, than getting Botox injections or other treatments that are proven to work.  Acupuncture is very popular with those who prefer to avoid medications or surgeries to get rid of their wrinkles.

 

It’s important to remember, however, that there is no evidence to support many of the claims made by some acupuncturists, such as that the process increases collagen production enough to get rid of wrinkles, are true.  Acupuncture may have benefits for wrinkles, but they haven’t been scientifically established yet.

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