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Introduction to Cosmetic Acupuncture Parts 1 & 2

2 hours CPD/ CPE

This online course offers an introductory look at the application of acupuncture for cosmetic use by maintaining elasticity and vitality of the skin and treating two commonly occurring skin conditions. Local and distal points are used to develop a treatment approach for these purposes by needling both superficial and deeper layers of the skin. Research articles are used as a basis to explain the process and influences of ageing skin as well as the physiological mechanisms for how acupuncture may be used to benefit skin health. The anatomy of facial muscles are also explored and explained for a comprehensive understanding of the facial topography.

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Course Outcomes


After having completed this course, participants will gain:

  • an intermediate level of understanding of the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture for promoting skin health

  • the knowledge of how to treat atopic dermatitis and acne vulgaris with cosmetic acupuncture

  • the required foundations for incorporating cosmetic acupuncture into their practice

  • a foundation for further study for those students and practitioners with an interest in cosmetic acupuncture

  • detailed illustrations of the facial anatomy and its relevance to cosmetic acupuncture and traditional acupuncture points.

Course outline

Part 1: Skin Ageing & Rejuvenation (1 hour/ CPE point)

  1. Introduction An outline of what cosmetic acupuncture is and what it is used for.

  2. How Skin Ages A detailed outline is provided outlining the various types of ageing that occurs with skin including intrinsic (chronological) and extrinsic (environmental) factors. This is provided so that participants may be equipped to provide their patients and clients with a basic understanding of the ageing process from a physiological point of view. A basic outline of the influence that ultraviolet radiation, nutrition and smoking has on the skin is provided.

  3. How Acupuncture May Help Based on research and clinical trials, various mechanisms are explored surrounding the possible mechanisms for how acupuncture may boost the skin’s vitality including the promotion of collagen, increasing hydration and benefiting the tone of the mimetic (facial) muscles.

  4. Acupuncture for Acne Vulgaris & Atopic Dermatitis A detailed outline is provided about acne vulgaris and atopic dermatitis as well as their treatment with cosmetic acupuncture. Research papers will be referenced to support treatment rationales. A mixture of local and distal points are discussed.

Part 2: Regional Anatomy and Treating Chronic Conditions (1 hour/ CPE point)

  1. Practical Demonstration A practical demonstration is provided with the use of SooJi-Chim hand needles and needle applicator. Cosmetic acupuncture is demonstrated as well as acupuncture treatment for acne vulgaris and atopic dermatitis.

  2. Mimetic Muscle Anatomy Participants are provided with detailed anatomical illustrations of the facial muscles in relation to primary acupuncture points and their relevance to cosmetic acupuncture. Topography of the facial muscles including anatomical landmarks, actions and neural innervation are described in detail.

  3. Practical demonstration reference videos Practical demonstrations are provided to show needling of the face muscles using anatomically relevant ah shi and primary acupuncture points. These demonstrations are provided as individual videos containing each muscle and relevant acupuncture point to act as a reference for students and practitioners to revisit as needed.

***This course content is advised to be applied to clinical practice only by registered acupuncturists or students and practitioners with a level of skills competency required to perform these needling techniques. For practitioners and students of all other modalities, this information is considered for general educational purposes only.***

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