The Unique Aspects of Diagnosing and Treating the Face in Chinese Medicine

Facial Acupuncture holds potential as a way into the Heart (Shen), the interior of the individual, People may come for facial beauty-'superficial values'-but there is nothing more inherently superficial about coming for beauty treatment than coming for a hurt finger or sciatica, it is all the outside.The fact that a patient comes to us is an opportunity for us to go as deep with them as they willing to engage.NO Clinical interaction should be taken casually. Lonny S.Jarrett

The human face is unique.The anatomy of the face and the diseases to which it is susceptible set it apart from the rest of the body.Needing acupuncture points on the face is often regarded merely as a way to bring qi to the area to treat a local issue such as temporomandibular joint(TMJ) Dysfunction or sinus congestion. In fact, needling the face can bring forth global changes, initiating emotional, physical and spiritual healing that cannot always be accomplished through body points. The face holds tremendous wisdom and innate gifts that can be actualised through diagnosis and treatment.

There are only two main nerves that innervate the face: the trigeminal nerve(CN V) and facial nerve(CN VII).Most of the sensation in the face originate from the trigeminal nerve.This has three divisions, the ophthalmic, maxillary and mandibular nerves,each of which include sensory and motor fibres,The facial nerve has five main branches and innervates the majority of the muscles of the face.It is mostly responsible for facial expression, as well as other functions including taste perception and innervation of the stapedius muscle of the middle ear, the lacrimal gland and two of the salivary glands, When diagnosing and treating neuromuscular or cosmetic problems, understanding which of the two nerves is involved and which branch is affected is a very important part of restoring proper function, particularly when using facial motor points.