“Eyes are the windows to the soul.”
It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and we couldn’t agree more. When it comes to emotions—from interest to boredom, infatuation to disgust, elation to heartbreak—the eyes are a dead giveaway. From a Chinese medicine standpoint, symptoms of the eyes and the eye area can indicate internal imbalances. Of course, everyone is unique, so it’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect you might be having a health problem. But we were interested in getting a general overview on the matter, so we tapped Stefanie DiLibero, L.Ac, owner of Gotham Wellness and a practitioner of not only acupuncture, but cosmetic acupuncture.
Stefanie addresses internal causes of aging and organ imbalances, as well as external signs of aging like fine lines, puffiness, and loss of collagen through Aculectrics℠, a dreamy combination of microcurrent, facial acupuncture, LED light, GUA SHA, Lymphatic Draininage, connective tissue massage, LED light, and facial cupping. Yep—we’re obsessed, and we’ll be bringing you more from Stefanie in the coming weeks, so keep in touch. For now, let’s scratch the surface.
Most often a kidney imbalance.
Get some rest, stop drinking coffee, and do what nourishes and restores you. Say no more often and treat with acupuncture.
Undereye Bags and Puffiness
A sluggish lymphatic system and/or fluid accumulation. Most often a spleen imbalance. Note that if the undereye bags are not due to puffy skin and a fluid imbalance, but are fat pads that have fallen with age, facial acupuncture will not magically lift them back into place.
Body acupuncture. Avoid starchy or salty foods. Meditate to calm the mind from excessive worry. Incorporate ginger and radish into your diet to resolve some of the dampness.
Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet
First of all, congratulate yourself on your wrinkles! It means you’re alive. You have lived a life and had emotions—you’ve spent a lot of time smiling! Wrinkles around the eyes can be caused by stagnant Qi (the constant making or holding of the same expression) or a liver imbalance.
These wrinkles can be improved with physical movement and breathing exercises. Incorporate more green vegetables and chicken into your diet.
Red or Yellow Eyes
If they’re yellow, consult a doctor, not an acupuncturist. If they’re red, it might be allergies, heat or dryness, or a liver imbalance.
If allergies are the cause, acupuncture can help by activating your immune response. If redness is due to excess heat, dryness, or a liver imbalance, try incorporating cooling foods like cucumbers into your diet.
LV 11 and LV 2
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Firming Eye Complex