Getting Ready for your Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatment
A treatment in Cosmetic Acupuncture involves puncturing the surface of the skin with small gauge needles.
Even though the needles can be tiny, the face is an area of the body where lots of superficial blood vessels are intertwined.
Despite the fact that I always do everything in my power to avoid it, some bruising may occur during or after the procedure.
There are a couple of reasons why you may experience bruising:
To start with you may be what I call an ‘easy bruiser’.
Meaning that you bruise at the drop of a hat. Some of you may at times bump into anything like say, the corner of a table, and know right away that you’ll have a whopper of a bruise the next day. Others may spot bruises on their legs and arms that seem to have appear out of nowhere, not even being able to remember what has happened.
In Chinese Medicine we call it a Spleen Qi deficiency.
The spleen isn’t only helping in the digestive process, its job is also to ‘keep things in, keep them tight’. Therefore it is responsible for keeping the blood inside the vessels.
A weak or unbalanced spleen leading you to bruising very easily can be the first reason.
Second reason (and this is why I ask you not to talk to much -if at all- during our sessions), can be linked to facial expressions making the needles move.
By moving your mouth, squinting your eyes or even raising your eyebrows, it can happen that the tip of a needle will press on a small blood vessel, thus leaving you with a bruise as soon as I remove the needle.
It is used for sprains and bruises and in treating the pain of arthritis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Arnica is a perennial plant. It is a member of the Asteraceae family, the same family as sunflowers. Arnica also displays yellow flowers in the spring that have a slight smell. It is cultivated for medicinal use. The dried flowers are the part utilized in medicine. Tinctures of the plant’s flowers are made into homeopathic dilutions.
Arnica can be used to treat numerous conditions. It can for example, be used for sprains, bruises, muscle aches, rheumatic pain, inflamed insect bites and swelling.
Did you know?
- Arnica Montana can also be used for ‘Emotional Bruising’.
- In Ayurvedic medicine it is also used in its oil form to prevent hair loss.
- Heals scars and improves skin tone: massage arnica oil onto the skin to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and to diminish the appearance of spider veins.
6C & 30C Potencies
The designation 6C and 30C are the most common and refer to the amount of dilution used to prepare a homeopathic remedy. To create Arnica 30C, one part Arnica tincture is added to 99 parts of distilled water. This is called a 1C dilution. After homeopathic processing, one part of this mixture is added to 99 parts of distilled water. This is the 2C dilution. The process is repeated 30 times, until the 30C dilution is reached, or 6 times to reach a 6C dilution.
While searching for a safe dose, homeopathy’s founding father, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, was as surprised as everyone else to find that even in infinitesimally small doses, the healing properties of the source substance were not only present, but stronger. This was especially so when he succussed each dilution. He compared the « dynamizing » succussion process to that of pounding an iron rod to make a magnet. Thus in his search for a way to ‘do no harm’, Hahnemann established Potency and the Principle of the Minimum Dose.
Less is more in homeopathy. 30x is more dilute, but also more potent and therefore deeper acting than 6X. The benefit of 6X is that it requires less precision in selection and can be ideal for light, repeatable dosing.
Arnica can be applied to the skin via a variety of creams, ointments and oils. It can also be taken internally. It is recommended for use in the treatment of bruising. Bastyr University and Center for Natural Health recommends Arnica for « post-traumantic discomfort and bruising. »
Arnica montana has been the subject of a great deal of medical research. In both tincture form and 30C potency, the action of Arnica on bruising and muscle pain has been reviewed in peer review journals. Studies have investigated Arnica’s effect on carpal tunnel, inflammatory disease, osteoarthritis and bruising. Research conducted at the Department of Rheumatology, Valens Clinic for Rheumatism, in Switzerland, showed that Arnica decreased the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. The study was conducted on 26 men and 53 women with osteoarthritis of the knee. Arnica gel was applied twice a day for six weeks.
Consult with a medical professional when beginning any new treatment. Ask a professional homeopath for advice on treatment with Arnica 30C.