Treating Under Eye Dark Circles Using Acupuncture: Is It Safe?

Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body, it can rejuvenate your skin and eyes.
Q:I am 30 years old and have Dark Circles under Eyes from last few years. I have heard that acupuncture is better treatment for most diseases. I wonder if it will help to reduce* my dark circles.
Expert Answer

Cosmetic acupuncture for dark circles is a rapidly growing trend in skin care, the popularity of which is fuelled by the mounting public fear of drastic cosmetic surgery, including more minor ones like Botox  and surgical facelifts. The rising demand for cosmetic acupuncture is in parallel with the still increasing following of the healthy lifestyle movement and the wider recognition that all-natural is the way to go.

Treating Under Eye Dark Circles Using Acupuncture: Is It Safe?

How Your Skin Can Benefit from Cosmetic Acupuncture?

There are several good reasons why cosmetic acupuncture can work to rejuvenate your skin. You must understand that the goal of acupuncture is to balance a person’s ‘qi (chi)’. According to this traditional Chinese medicine, our qi or energy is a combination of negative and positive energies that we inherited from our parents, qi during the birth of a child, and qi we obtain from food. If an imbalance in our qi occurs, it manifests in our overall health, including on our skin.

Thus, in cosmetic acupuncture, those dark circles around your eyes are not simply a beauty or skin issue. Acupuncturists believe that there are underlying health problems involving your internal organs, and skin marks like eye bags and dark circles are merely manifestations of these more serious health problems. Problems concerning the eyes, for instance, are believed to be connected to some health problem involving your liver. This health problem manifests easily on and around your eyes because skin surrounding your eyes is very thin that any slight change in your blood circulation readily results to eye bags and dark circles.

In acupuncture, if any of your body organs are not functioning optimally, it obstructs the proper circulation of blood and oxygen, causing a build-up of energy that is unable to flow through your body. In the case of your eye bags and dark circles, these definitely may be caused by poor blood and oxygen circulation, causing nerves around your eyes to bulge and bodily fluids to leak and get stuck under and around your eyes.

In this case, undergoing a cosmetic acupuncture for dark circles may help in ridding your eyes of those unsightly dark circles and tired eyes.

What to Expect During a Cosmetic Acupuncture to Treat Your Dark Circles?

Acupuncture is all about total body health and well-being. Therefore, do not expect needles to be pricked on your face only. Depending on the energy points that will be identified by your acupuncturist, needles are pricked throughout your body from your head, down to your toes to facilitate balancing of your Qi.

The application of pressure on these key points stimulates the body to release trapped energy, and produce endorphins as well. Endorphin, also known as the happy hormone, gives you a feeling of contentment and, as a result, rejuvenates your mind and body as well. The act of pricking the skin stimulates skin cells to produce collagen and start the skin repair process. Collagen is a skin fiber that helps skin stay moisturized and supple to the touch.

Cosmetic acupuncture consequently promotes better flow of energy throughout the body and promotes the good functioning of the circulatory system. After undergoing cosmetic acupuncture, you will also feel relaxed and rejuvenated, and probably get the best sleep you’ve ever had in years. This is how you know that your body’s repair processes are in overdrive.

An entire cosmetic acupuncture procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour, while its effects last for about three months.

Even Hollywood superstars have turned to cosmetic acupuncture as their new beauty regimen. Not so young but still very stunning stars like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have tried cosmetic acupuncture.


*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

When Should You Avoid Cosmetic Acupuncture?

There are many factors that can cause those dark circles to appear, the most difficult reason are your genes. There are lifestyle-related factors, however, that hastens their development and causes them to become persistent like smoking, poor diet, lack of physical activity, chronic stress, and sleeplessness. These all contribute to poor blood and oxygen circulation.

In which case, a cosmetic acupuncture can help restore balance in your qi but, you will need to shift to a healthier lifestyle if you desire to see more intensive and more visible improvements on your dark circles over the longer term.

If Dark Circles under Eye persist in spite of lifestyle changes, and even after several sessions of cosmetic acupuncture, make an appointment with your doctor. Dark circles and eye bags can also be a sign of more serious health problems that are best addressed with the supervision of a medical professional. These diseases may involve your blood, digestion, excretory system, liver, and kidney. If you haven’t been sleeping well, it may be time to seek medical intervention before sleeplessness causes health complications.

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