Acupuncture and acupressure are ancient Chinese healing techniques that have been acknowledged for their effectiveness by Western medicine as ways to ameliorate dozens of conditions from hiccups and constipation to allergies, insomnia, fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain.
When it comes to aging, though, Western and Eastern medicine don’t always see eye to eye. While Western medicine views signs of aging — wrinkles; dull, dry, or lusterless complexion — as the inevitable side effects of aging, excess sun exposure, and possibly our genes, Chinese medicine (CM) looks at it in terms of an imbalance in your Qi, meridians, and organs. In other words, something that can be controlled and remedied.
In CM, balance or harmony is maintained by Qi, an energy that flows through your body via specific pathways called meridians, in and around body systems (aka organs). Unlike the Western anatomical organs, these organs are powerhouse networks that keep your body healthy, vibrant, and strong.
When correctly stimulated by a needle, instrument, or even fingers, acupuncture points (conveniently numbered along the meridians) can adjust the flow of Qi in the meridians and organ systems to address symptoms like wrinkles; sagging cheek muscles; and dry, rough skin.
There are 10 primary organs paired into five organ systems: