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Page 4 - Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

A woman in her 50s came to Wakefield very depressed and overweight. During the course of her treatments, the woman, observing her own improvement, became happier and stopped over eating. With the weight loss, she shed her jowls and discovered an appealingly contoured face. So, apparently, did younger men. And so this, too, is a happy ending, aside from her embarrassment at being pursued by men twenty years her junior. Perhaps her admirers saw more than a pretty face, for, as Mary Elizabeth Wakefield says, My intention in this is to empower beauty, renew spirit and enhance longevity.

For centuries, Chinese medicine has cultivated the intertwining vines of beauty, spirit and longevity. It's an optimistic and attainable vision of our potential, one that the cosmetic world needs. After watching a gory, televised facelift, with "bloody slivers of skin peeled off eyelids," and a fat globule preparing to "launch itself out of an eye socket," the social critic Mark Dery offered an observation. In his book, The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink (Grove Press, 1999), he described the modern man/woman s cringing inability to confront the inescapable fact that beneath the hard, dry exoskeleton of our technology, we re still soft, wet biology, a nearly liquid mass of soft tissues and bodily fluids that mocks the escapist fantasies of the age we live in by growing old, dying, and decaying, the prayers of &plastic surgeons notwithstanding.

Acupuncture facial rejuvenation, based on sound medical theory, doesn t disassemble us or attempt to cheat the natural course of time. Informed by principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it gives us greater vitality and helps us, whatever our age, to look our natural best.

Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, L.Ac. may be contacted at www.chiakra.com. Charles Yarborough, L.Ac, NCCA, is an acupuncturist located in Beverly Hills and Burbank. He may be contacted at loveyourface@excite.com.

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