practice and business of non-surgical facial rejuvenation has attracted at tremendous
amount of interest in recent years. There are many acupuncture-based systems being
practiced and taught now which involve direct stimulation of the face with electrical
stimulation, acupuncture needles, heat, massage, herbs or light. These systems
work with various levels of effectiveness. The lifting and rejuvenating effects
on the face take place through adjustment of muscle tone, detoxification and cleansing
of the skin, and, in some cases, whole-body balancing of the meridian system.
Most of these systems, however, only stimulate the face, and usually apply currents
that are excessively strong for optimal results in balancing and enhancing subtle
energy communication between the face and body.
meridian system has been shown to powerfully respond to electrical stimulation
directly on the skin surface, focused light stimulation, and sound waves. Each
of these applies a form of resonant energy stimulation to acu-points. The new
Vibrational Beauty Therapy (VBT) system developed by our Arizona team includes
all these modalities in combination with a line of skin care products with significant
energetic healing properties. This article focuses on the basis for the inter-relationship
of two primary aspects of this system - low-level electrical stimulation and colored
light therapies - and how this synergy can help provide a superior facial treatment.
The principles discussed here are equally applicable to whole-body treatment for
pain and disease conditions.
face reveals the health and balance of the internal organs of the body. A person
with a healthy, glowing face has good internal energy balance. Conversely, visceral
weaknesses and dysfunctions show in the face through dark circles, pale or luster-less
skin, blemishes, acne, excessive wrinkling and other signs.
meridians are a subtle energy communication system that inter-connects all parts
of the body. It is an gridwork with energetic correspondance to the ley lines
of the Earth and the Universe. This is based on the "as above – so below"
principle, as our individual meridian system is a microcosm of Universal energy
gridwork. I believe that some of the positive effects of acupuncture and VBT are
due to a reconnection of the microcosm of the patients personal meridian system
to the greater macrocosm. This level of effect is dependant on the intention of
the practitioner and client. The multi-dimensional aspects of VBT (electrical,
light, sound, herbal/mineral) is supportive of such energetic shifts toward wholeness.
face has direct meridian connections to 8 of the major meridians of the body –
those of the Stomach, Urinary Bladder, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Triple
Warmer, Gall Bladder, Du (Governing Vessel) and Ren (Conception Vessel). The face
also has indirect connections to all the other meridians through micro-system
connections and the Du and Ren vessels. Remember, the Du is the “sea of all Yang
meridians” and the Ren the “sea of all Yin meridians”. These two channels terminate
in the mouth.
on a very cold day, people bundled up in heavy coats can be comfortable with their
faces exposed. This is due to the fact that so much of the body’s vital energy
is projected onto the face through meridian system connections. This connection
works both ways – not only does the face reflect the energy of the body, but it
is also true that stimulation of the face can affect the body meridians.
electro-stimulation at low frequency is an ideal stimulus for facial rejuvenation
for the following reasons:
All body functions are governed by electrical systems. This includes muscle contractions
and relaxations, nerve function, glandular secretions, brain activity, healing
and regeneration, pain perception and so much more.
Because the body’s electrical control systems are based on very subtle electrical
signals in the nano and microamp levels (billionth and millionth of amp ranges,
respectively), it is true that vastlyoverpowering currents in the milliamp (thousandths
of amp) range can be counterproductive to the aim of restoring internal balance.
Yet this is the type of current used in most facial rejuvenation devices.
Our research has shown that the acupuncture meridian system is rapidly balanced
when stimulated with properly polarized microcurrents in the 1 – 10 Hz frequency
range. The Vibrational Beauty Therapy™ system primarily utilizes such currents
for facial stimulation.
Light Affects The Body
heading refers to a huge subject, one that cannot be adequately dealt with in
this short article. A few observations can be given. There is a large and growing
body of research into the body’s subtle energy systems that reveals that the cells
and molecules that make up our bodies respond directly to light energy. Here is
a quote from the article Exploring the Biology of Phototherapy by James Oschman,
the biology of the situation, I suggest that the immediate effect of light is
on the communications pathways. Specifically, it is proposed that light stimulates
the flow of solitons, which are waves of energy and information that travel rapidly
through the protein fabric of the body. The flow of solitons opens gates and switches
and organizes dynamic living matrix pathways. Cells can then 'whisper'
to each other using their own languages. These whisperings orchestrate the repair
of traumas of all kinds."
Russian researchers have proposed that the protein fabric of the body acts as
a fiber-optic system. S. Pankratov projected light on acupuncture points and measured
light output from other points along the same meridian. He found that such light
stimulation caused these other points to emit light. He concluded that the meridians
are preferential pathways for the transmission of light in the body.
It is fascinating that other researchers have determined that protein molecules
also transmit subtle electrical signals throughout the body, an activity called
semiconduction. The eastern European researcher Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was the first
to point out that the molecular structures of the human body are organized enough
to support semiconduction through passing information along chains of protein
Robert Becker constructed many experiments to test this principle, and concluded
that energy transmission and communication of the meridian system is based on
electrical semiconduction along the perineural glial cells that support the nervous
system. These allow subtle currents to be transported over long distances without
losing charge. He demonstrated that these semiconducted currents were completely
different than electrical activity of the nerves themselves. He postulated that
such direct currents represented the more primitive aspect of our electro-physiology,
which support healing and regeneration, and acupuncture points were in effect
way stations that boosted the charge along the pathways.
body's semiconduction system as explained by Becker correlate well with the X-signal
system theorized by Yoshio Manaka, M.D. According to Manaka, this system consists
of immeasurably small electrical charges in and around the body that ultimately
regulate all life processes. While the X-signals cannot be measured with currently
available tools, their effects can be clearly observed through changes in pressure
pain on acu-points, pulse diagnosis and kinesiology (muscle testing). The X-signal
system is exquisitely sensitive to polarity agents such as magnets, ion-pumping
cords or polarized electrical probes.
both light energy and subtle electrical energy are transported throughout the
body via chains of protein molecules. We may surmise that these two forms of energy
stimulation may be administered together, and can enhance each other's effects,
and our investigation so far practically confirms this.
have created a microcurrent color light probe system that delivers simultaneous
electrical and light energy to acupuncture points, auricular points and chakras
for this purpose.
Beauty Therapy (VBT)
VBT session includes 4 – 7 steps, or phases, of treatment. Total treatment time
is 30 – 60 minutes depending on how many phases are utilized, and whether other
adjunctive treatments are included. Most of the phases use the color light probe
to deliver simultaneous microcurrent and colored light stimulation to a series
of specific points on the face and neck. Charts are provided to show where to
treat, and guidance is offered for selection of electrical frequency and light
color for each phase. Sessions may also include periods of pad electrode stimulation
for regional facial stimulation, electro-massage and bar electrode stroking. Specially
formulated gel is used as the interface between electrodes and the face. Some
of the benefical ingredients of the gel are driven into the skin and muscles through
the principle of iontophoresis.
overall effect is a highly comprehensive rejuvenation of the face, with clearly
discernable positive effects after just one session. A series of 8 – 15 sessions
over several months are required, however, for maximum and lasting effects. Clients
in poor health, the elderly and smokers will require more treatments.
Body Effects And The Autonomic Nervous System
mentioned above, the combination of microcurrent and light therapy may also be
used for a wide range of pain and disease conditions. Such treatment may be combined
with VBT to excellent advantage. It is my experience that the addition of appropriate
colored light to my acupuncture and microcurrent treatments has improved patient
responses to a significant degree. More research is certainly needed.
of the contemporary researchers into the electro-physiology of the acupuncture
systems have concluded that much of the effects of acupuncture take place through
the autonomic nervous system. This includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic
branches that excite and sedate organ and glandular functions. This system interfaces
with the endocrine hormonal system in regulating most visceral functions.
acu-points with the most direct input into the autonomic system are the auricular
(ear) and back-shu points. Auricular points have direct input into brain and cranial
nerves that regulate this system, and back-shu points are directly over autonomic
ganglia that emerge from the spine, and have direct input into organs associated
with each spinal segment. Therefore, when desiring to enhance the whole-body effects
of the VBT system, there are two simple ways to do this:
Stimulation of Master auricular points with colored light. In this case,
you can use the auricular probe tip on the trigger probe to stimulate the Master
ear points listed in the VB training manual with the addition of colored light,
or the light may be used alone by unscrewing the cotton Q-tip holder on the trigger
probe. When the microcurrent stimulation aspect is used, the counter probe may
be held against a major facial acu-point such as Yintang or Ren 24 to complete
the circuit while the trigger probe is stimulating the ear points. Alternatively,
the client can hold the brass hand mass, in which case the counter probe will
not be used. Stimulate each ear Master point for about 20 seconds, with or without
electrical stimulation. Master points can be stimulated bilaterally.
of the ear Master points has a beneficial general 'tune-up' effect on the autonomic
nervous system and endocrine gland systems of the body.
the color of the light applied to the ear points according to the patient’s presentation.
For healthy patients desiring preventive or “tune-up” treatment, you can use the
Green for enhancing facial muscle
tone and fullness. Good all-purpose color for facials.
Yellow for clients with markedly sagging facial muscles
Violet for clients with overly taut or tense facial muscles
Purple for clients in pain at the time of treatment
Other colors may be used according to health
conditions. For further information about the health effects of specific
colors, please see my article Specific Health Benefits of the Colors
on the Eastwestmed.com website.
2) Microcurrent Mu-Shu Technique. This
is a powerful technique for balancing the electrical energies of the
internal organs through the autonomic system. It is done by choosing
polarized treatment through the probes at 10 Hz, 2:1 mode. On the
Acutron Mentor, this is easily set up by selecting Probe preset #2.
For any organ needing treatment, place the positive (counter) probe
on the associated front-Mu (alarm) point and the negative probe on
the associated back-shu point, same side. Treat bilaterally. When
the front-Mu point is on the central Ren channel, hold the counter
probe there while treating the two back-shu points in turn. Treat
each set of points for 20 – 30 seconds.
Select organs to be treated through this technique
by the presentation of the patient. This can be determined through
the use of diagnostic systems such as pulse diagnosis or Alarm point
kinesiology. Details for this procedure can be found in Chapter 15
of my new book Microcurrent Electro-Acupuncture, also available through
CompMedSupply. The use of simultaneous colored light stimulation with
microcurrent stimulation can enhance the effectiveness and carry-over
of this technique.
Summary of Benefits of Microcurrents and
1) Augments body's natural electro-physiology
through frequency, polarity balancing and energetic augmentation.
This can strongly support homeostasis, relieving many pain and disease
conditions. Allows greater precision in meeting body’s bio-electric
requirements in these respects than traditional needle acupuncture.
2) Non-needle approach is excellent for children,
elderly, sensitive and needle-phobic patients.
3) Beneficial effect on nervous system, helping
patients with post-stroke syndrome, peripheral neuropathies and painful
4) Excellent effectiveness in treatment of
5) Augments effectiveness of needle acupuncture
through combination treatments.
6) Enhances rehabilitation through interferential
Benefits of color light therapies:
1) Precision stimulation of acu and auricular
points with appropriate vibrational frequencies.
2) Enhance carry-over of acupuncture and facial
3) One of the most direct methods to tonify
and sedate channels and Organs.
4) Balance autonomic nervous system – prime
need of modern civilized people. Blue end of spectrum to calm or reduce
hyperfunction, inflammation and pain (excess sympathetic tonus); Red
end of spectrum to boost from hypofunction, fatigue and depression
(excess parasympathetic or deficient sympathetic tonus).
5) Regulate endocrine hormonal systems.
6) Regulate nervous system for treatment of
stroke, neuropathies and neuralgias.
7) Support Core healing and spiritual evolution
through Chakra/subtle bodies direct effects.
8) Feed “color hunger” that is very common
among urban people.
9) Improve calcium metabolism through natural
production of Vitamin D – reduce bone loss.
Autonomic Nervous System:
Sympathetic branch activates adrenal
medulla, pituitary, thyroid, gonads and muscles – related to stress
and active response.
Parasympathetic branch activates parathyroid,
adrenal cortex, digestive tract, liver, pancreas and spleen - related
to rest and rejuvenation.
This brief article only introduces this vast
subject. Further information about light therapy can be found through
the following references:
Many authors – Light Years Ahead – Celestial
Arts, 1996, available through Amazon.com
Peter Mandel is a German pioneer in the field
of colorpuncture. See his website for available books and articles:
Color Me Healing book on Amazon.com
Web: www.amazon.com - Search for book # "1862041431"
Bruyere, Rosalyn, Wheels of Light, Healing
Light Center, 1987
Brennan, Barbara, Hands of Light, Bantam
Gerber, Richard, Vibrational Medicine,
Bear & Co., 1988
Starwynn, Darren, Microcurrent Electro-Acupuncture,
Desert Heart Press, 2002