Constitutional Facial Acupuncture®
Cosmetic? You betcha! But, so much more!
Erika F. Marie, LAc received her certificate in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® from Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, the pioneer of today’s most elite techniques for modern, safe, and effective acupuncture facial rejuvenation. Mary Elizabeth Wakefield is currently the recognized global expert in facial acupuncture.
What does “constitutional” facial acupuncture mean?
During her certification in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture®, Erika learned much more than how to insert needles into the delicate areas of the face and neck. In fact, if your acupuncturist is merely sticking your wrinkles full of needles, you’ve got a big problem! According to East Asian medicine theory, certain characteristics of facial aging are related to excess or deficiency of fundamental energies. In Constitutional Facial Acupuncture®, we get to these roots of the problem — the energies that, over time, have become so imbalanced that they are manifesting as sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, and dull complexion. In this most advanced form of facial acupuncture, we analyze which of these underlying fundamental energies need realigned. When we provide treatment, we restore vitality to the face, and also to the entire body. In order to optimize your treatments and get the best possible results, your Constitutional Facial Acupuncture®provider may also make nutritional (dietary) recommendations, herbal recommendations, and other lifestyle adjustment suggestions. After all, your skin is an organ. To be its healthiest and most radiant, your skin needs to be properly nourished, hydrated, balanced, and supported from the inside out.
Facial Benefits of Constitutional Facial Acupuncture®:
- Reduces symptoms of Bell’s Palsy, TMJ (tempormandibular joint dysfunction), and neuropathies
- Aids recovery of stroke patients
- May improve collagen production and muscle tone through the stimulation of fibroblasts
- Reduces bags and sagging tendencies
- Fills out sunken areas (lost to illness or chemotherapy)
- Reduces double chin and sagging neck
- Lifts drooping mouth and eyelids
- Eliminates puffiness, edema, and bags under eyes
- Tightens pores
- Brightens eyes and may improve or sharpen vision
- Increases local blood and lymph circulation
- Improves facial color and provides more radiance to the skin
Constitutional (Whole-Body) Benefits:
- Reduces stress and promotes total mind-body-spirit health & well-being
- Treats menopause, perimenopause, PMS, and other gynecological issues (including hot flashes)
- Improves acne caused by hormone imbalance
- Helps relieve sinus congestion and headache
- Normalizes thyroid function (hypo-thyroid and hyper-thyroid)
- Treats diarrhea, constipation, and most digestive issues
- Benefits the eyes, ears, and brain
- Slows hair loss and hair greying
- Relieves insomnia and reduces dizziness
- Lifts depression and aids self-esteem
Would you call what you do an acupuncture “face-lift”?
No! Absolutely not. Acupuncture is not as instantaneous (dangerous or drastic) as a facelift. However, you will notice immediate improvements after the first treatment. Acupuncture works with the body to re-condition the skin. We gently replenish, coax, and train the skin to return to its youthful glory. To get the fullest and best results (such as, in the picture below), a series of ten treatments is necessary.
Remember, acupuncture is natural, gentle, and works with the body’s innate healing abilities. All of our masks and cremes are natural, organic, and based on herbal formulas. We certainly do not use any toxins or chemicals. Unlike surgery, we do not cause damage that the face must repair; we stimulate the body to release and heal itself.
We guarantee that you won’t look “strange,” unnatural, or unlike yourself after acupuncture. You will look more youthful, radiant, attractive, vital, clearer, and brighter. After treatment, you look more like your true self.
How do you reveal the “true face?”
So much emotion is stored in the face. Some of it is due to experiences; some of it is simply ancestral patterns and doesn’t even “belong” to you. With acupuncture, we clear emotional and ancestral baggage so that your true self can shine through. As you release decades of stored fear, tension, worry, and other emotions, your beautiful, pure “true face” is revealed.
But does it really work??
See for yourself!
What can I expect in a treatment?
Your initial Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® appointment will be 2 hours, and it will consist of an in-depth consultation plus a deluxe, 90-minute treatment. Follow up Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® appointments will be approximately 90 minutes and will include everything below except the in-depth initial consultation. When you purchase as a package, your treatment may also include two 30-minute Nutrition and Dietary consultations, and two Herbal Formula Evaluations. (Please contact Erika to inquire about current packages.)
Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® treatments typically include:
- Initial Intake and Consultation based on Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation Health Questionnaire (you will need to complete the forms online prior to first appointment)
- Homeopathic preventative medicine to prevent bruising
- Invitation to wash your face and neck with a one of multiple special blends of Muse L’ Herbal® or Zi Zai Dermatology® herbal cleansers, specific to your constitution
- Application of an Muse L’ Herbal® herbal poultice (warm herbal treatment) to your face and eyelids according to your constitution and needs
- Application of a gentle warming gel facial mask
- Application of crystal stones to balance the energies of the body
- Acupuncture of the body to balance your fundamental constitution
- Acutonics tuning-fork therapy to assist in grounding, relaxing, and centering
- Application of traditional jade stone rollers and/or modern acupuncture facial rollers
- Auricular (ear) acupuncture for current health based on symptoms and signs, as needed
- Facial acupuncture needles to directly address the face and neck
- Application of Muse L’ Herbal® Masque Renewal herbal mask
- Application of Muse L’ Herbal® Creme Vital with Essential Oil Vert
- Application of your choice of hydrating Muse L’ Herbal® essential oil hydrosol
How do I know if my acupuncturist is certified in CFA®? And does it matter?
A person claiming to offer Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® must be a true Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc.). Mary Elizabeth Wakefield is the founder and registered trademark holder to Constitutional Facial Acupuncture.® She is the only certifying authority. She does not allow MDs (medical acupuncturists), chiropractors, physical therapists, estheticians, dry-needlers, and others who take weekend workshops in acupuncture to certify through her program. In Mary Elizabeth’s judgment, such persons do not have the fundamental training necessary to perform Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® safely and effectively. In other words, to receive this high level training, the person must be a fully state-licensed, board-certified Licensed Acupuncturist.
Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is not typically part of the regular course curriculum in a 4-year Master or Doctorate degree program for Licensed Acupuncturists. To be certified in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture®, your acupuncturist must take at least one 4-day certificate seminar offered by Mary Elizabeth Wakefield or one of her personally-authorized instructors.
If you’re unsure if your acupuncturist is certified, you can ask him or her directly, or go to Mary Elizabeth’s website to find a certified provider.
The face is a very delicate area of the body. It holds a record of your life experiences and sacred journey. In facial acupuncture, your face should not be jammed full of needles. Much of what passes as “facial acupuncture” today is absolutely horrific to someone who is properly trained in it. Your face should not be puffy, swollen, discolored, or look “unhealthy” during or after treatment. Instead, you should look and feel brighter, lighter, clearer, illuminated, radiant, and generally wonderful.
If you receive facial acupuncture by someone who is not certified and properly trained, you may feel awful after treatment. This is probably because they used too many needles and did not truly understand how to do facial acupuncture without depleting you. We sincerely wish this never happened to anyone! But it does happen. If it happens to you, you’ll know why we say it is important to find a certified Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® provider.
Is homeopathic collagen (or other cosmetic injection) included in my CFA® treatment series?
Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® is a specialized and trademarked service. We honor it (and its founder) by following its treatment guidelines and procedure. Mary Elizabeth has a fantastic reputation in New York City and around the world. The Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® treatment series — exactly as it stands — is a powerful, effective, and safe way to restore youthfulness to the face. Truly, it does not need to be improved upon with injections.
That said, in Colorado, injection therapy is part of an acupuncturist’s scope of practice. Erika Marie has completed state requirements for injection therapy training and has experience with performing injections in practice. At Chiyu Center, we understand that some people want more immediately noticeable results. If so, we recommend adding a series of injections to your CFA® treatments.
At Chiyu Center, we offer two types of safe, natural cosmetic injections: ones for the face and ones for fat and weight loss.
For the face, we offer a solution of pure, homeopathic collagen as well as a homeopathic solution of herbs specific to toning and re-invigorating delicate facial tissue. The homeopathic collagen works with your body to rebuild and strengthen healthy facial tissue. The homoepathic solution works with your body to restore optimal skin tone and texture.
For the body, we offer solutions for weight (fat) loss. We have solutions specific to dissolving fat, which are intended for areas of cellulite, such as the belly or thighs. We also have homeopathic injection solutions that are more complex, and not only help the body burn fat, but also boost energy and more fully support weight loss goals.
Please note that we do not offer hyaluronic acid or non-homeopathic cosmetic injections. In our opinion, its just not necessary.
Of course, we also offer therapeutic injections to stop pain, calm nerves, and restore proper polarity to neurons. If you have trigeminal neuralgia or other pain disorder in facial tissues, we highly recommend injection therapy. It works just as well in the face as it does elsewhere in the body! To learn more about injection therapy, click here.
Adding injections to your CFA® treatment is an additional charge and will increase your overall treatment time by 20-30 minutes.
Can I do natural, cosmetic injections only?
If you want to only come in for cosmetic injection therapy (and not do the CFA® treatment), that is perfectly fine.
We do recommend doing CFA® with injections (instead of just the injections) for longest-lasting and best results. We recommend this because CFA® is a whole-person treatment, and we believe that the “true face” shines brightest and strongest when supported by a renewed and balanced body and spirit.
But, we understand that some women only want to do injections. If so, that’s okay! We are here for you. We wholeheartedly support women who choose natural, homeopathic facial injections over more dangerous procedures. So just let us know what you need, and we’ll be here to answer questions and support you.
Can I do homeopathic cosmetic injections and/or CFA® if I’ve had other facial procedures?
Yes. Please be sure to let us know exactly what you’ve received, when, and where. We’ll answer all your questions so you can make the right choice for you!
Will my CFA® treatments be covered by insurance?
We do not process claims for health insurance (such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield). In general, health insurance companies do not pay for cosmetic treatments. But, if you have facial paralysis or pain, such conditions may qualify for reimbursement. If your health insurance company covers acupuncture, we can provide you a superbill to submit to them for reimbursement.
The only insurance we bill on the patient’s behalf is for Motor Vehicle Accidents. If your face has been damaged in a Motor Vehicle Accident, it is possible that the insurance company will pay for treatment. With Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® and injection therapy, we can reduce scars, improve circulation and tissue healing, and restore proper nerve and motor function to the facial muscles. Please call us and have your insurance information ready so that we can inquire with your insurance company on your behalf.
How long will results last?
After completing a series of 10 treatments (once per week for ten weeks), your results will last approximately six months. Around that time, you may notice fine lines beginning to resurface and some skin sagging. This is to be expected — all it means is that certain patterns are beginning to re-emerge. A gentle 3-treatment “tune-up” will be all that’s needed to re-balance and restore your previous results. We recommend two or three CFA® treatments every six months to keep you and your skin looking and feeling your best!
Would you like to learn more?
Please join us for Erika’s illuminating class: “Secrets of Natural Facial Rejuvenation” and receive exclusive savings on Constitutional Facial Acupuncture® treatment packages! Want to be notified of our next class? Click Here
Ready to Schedule?
Please reach out to us by phone (720) 593-1593 or via our online form. We can’t wait to meet you!