Facial Rejuvenation With Light and Microcurrent
Darren Starwynn, O.M.D., Dipl. Ac.
article offers an overview of how low-level electrical stimulation
(microcurrent) and customized color light can provide a facial
rejuvenation treatment that not only significantly improves the
appearance of the face, but promotes good health and vibrant energy
as well. This new system is called Vibrational Beauty Therapy
(VBT™), and has been developed by our research team in Phoenix,
Arizona, with help from a national network of practitioners and
consultants. Facial rejuvenation is a highly profitable cash service
that has become very popular among American estheticians in recent
faces reveal the health and balance of our internal organs, energy
and blood. A person with a healthy, glowing face has good internal
energy balance. Conversely, organic weaknesses and dysfunctions
show in the face through dark circles, pale or luster-less skin,
blemishes, acne, excessive wrinkling and other signs. This connection
between our skin and internal organs has been referred to as the
“viscero-cutaneous reflex” by researcher Felix Mann
. He also describes the “cutaneo-viscero reflex” through
which appropriate stimulation of acupuncture points on the skin
surface can produce beneficial effects on the internal organs,
glands and energy systems.
have been many systems of facial rejuvenation devised, all of
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, stimulation of collagen
production and adjustment of the energy meridian circuits that
connect the face with the viscera. Most of these systems only
stimulate the face, and usually apply electrical currents or light
that is excessively intense for optimal results in balancing and
enhancing subtle energy communication between the face and body.
is unique in many ways. Two of the most remarkable:
- Lines and points on the face and other body regions are stimulated
with a combination of low-frequency microcurrent electrical
stimulation and various colors of light. Microcurrents work
directly on the nerves, muscles fibers and blood circulation,
and promotes collagen and elastin production. Color light works
by enhancing subtle regulatory and cellular communication systems
throughout the body. Clinical trials have demonstrated that
this combination therapy can provide a superior, longer lasting
facial than other available systems.
VBT client receives application of a series of different colors
of light during a session, including a customized color selected
for her skin and body type.
are many manufacturers producing “photo-facial” units
for the purpose of rejuvenating the face with light. In many cases
these units do produce positive results, such as improved blood
circulation, lymphatic drainage and wrinkle reduction. There is
one serious drawback to these devices, however. Most of them only
produce red or infra-red light. A few offer red and blue light.
Red or infra-red can be highly beneficial for some skin types,
and can produce rapid symptomatic changes. It is not for everyone,
however. Clients have markedly different skin types and bodily
constitutions. Just as red light can rejuvenate some skin types,
it can prematurely age others. This “one size fits all”
approach to facial rejuvenation is very limited, and can be dangerous.
VBT system utilizes 12 different color that can be easily matched
to the individual client. Clients love this personalized approach
Application Through Acupuncture Points
any form of generalized stimulation can help rejuvenate the face,
results are usually better when treatment is directed through
acupuncture points, which are bio-electric communication gateways.
Acupuncture points have the remarkable ability to energize and
activate not only the local region, but to also promote balance
and health through whole-body effects. VBT utilizes a non-needle
approach to acu-point stimulation using microcurrents and color
points exist along energetic pathways called meridians. The meridians
are a subtle energy communication system that inter-connects all
parts of our bodies through the connective tissue network (fascia).
According to the “as above – so below” principle,
as our individual meridian system is in relation to the macrocosm
(Universal energy grid) and microcosm (atomic and subatomic levels).
commonly known meridians of the body are named after our internal
organs, as each one connects an organ to specific pathways in
the muscles, connective tissue and, of course, the skin. The 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.
it interesting that, even 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 stimulation of the face can
also affect the whole body through the meridian system.
electro-stimulation at low frequency is an ideal stimulus for
facial rejuvenation for the following reasons:
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.
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
vastly overpowering 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. While these “overkill”
currents can make the face look temporarily better by artificially
relaxing tense muscles in a similar way to Botox, such treatment
will rarely provide satisfactory long-term effects, and may
research has shown that the acupuncture meridian system is rapidly
balanced when stimulated with microcurrents in the 1 –
10 Hz frequency range. The Vibrational Beauty Therapy system
primarily utilizes such currents for facial stimulation.
How Light Affects The Body
is a large and growing body of research that reveals that the
cells and molecules that make up our bodies respond directly to
both electrical and light energy. Here is a quote from the article
Exploring the Biology of Phototherapy by James Oschman, PhD :
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, and found that this caused these other
points to emit light. He concluded that the meridians are preferential
pathways for the transmission of light in the body
is fascinating that other researchers have determined that protein
molecules also transmit subtle electrical signals throughout the
body, an activity called semi-conduction. 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 semi-conduction through passing information along chains
of what have been called “liquid crystals”.
both light energy and subtle electrical energy are transported
throughout the body via chains of protein molecules. Our clinical
experience confirms that that these two forms of energy stimulation
may be administered together, and significantly enhance each other’s
using the VBT system with hundreds of clients, the reported results
are remarkable. The faces of clients who have received facial
sessions with this system glow with positive life-force, and it
specific effects of each color of light on the body have been
documented by researchers such as Dinshah Ghadiali and Peter Mandel.
Mandel uses the word “information” to describe the
input of light on the body. In his view, external trauma, toxicity
and psychological stresses of the past and present create “incoherent”
information in our bodies. Giving appropriate colored light stimulation
is a way to introduce pure information to restore coherence.
may call the call of the body/mind complex for needed colors “color
hunger”. I have observed many people expressing a strong
desire for a specific one of the twelve colors offered by the
VBT system. As light of that color was applied to points on their
body, they have often experienced immediate or delayed beneficial
reactions, such as deep relaxation, mental clarity, increased
energy or relief of various somatic symptoms.
example, orange colored light brings the information of activation,
joy and release of fresh, new energy to meridians and body areas
it is applied to, as well as possessing many specific benefits
for relieving spasm and congestion and aiding calcium metabolism.
When applied to appropriate acu-points, orange light can act as
a natural anti-depressant. Blue light, the complementary color
to orange, has anti-inflammatory effects on arthritis and burns,
and is effective for calming nervous tension and overly charged
emotional states. Red light is most activating to blood and energy
circulation, and is appropriate for clients with sluggish or cold
constitution. Red is usually contra-indicated, however, for clients
with a ruddy complexion, Heat signs on the face or rosacea.
light spectrum moves from the most warming and activating colors
– infrared and red – to the most cool and relaxing
colors – violet and ultra-violet. Green is the fulcrum or
balance point of the spectrum, and so is extensively used for
balancing brain and body function and detoxification.
rejuvenation may be enhanced through use of color as follows:
Red light for promoting circulation and energizing the face through
Green for enhancing facial muscle tone and fullness.
Yellow for clients with markedly sagging facial muscles
Purple for clients in pain at the time of treatment
colors may be used according to individual conditions.
How is Vibrational Beauty Therapy administered?
VBT session consists of up to 7 phases of treatment, administered
to a client relaxing in a recliner chair or treatment table. Treatment
is administered with a microcurrent device and light generator.
The VB1000 device is designed to deliver this dual stimulation
. The phases include various techniques using probes, pad and
bar electrodes, electro-massage and mudd mask. The practitioner
simply follows the diagrams provided that show exactly where to
move or place the treatment electrodes in each phase. A typical
session, including all phases, lasts about an hour.
each phase of treatment, microcurrent and light are applied to
different points and lines on the face, in conjunction with VBT
skin care products. These are specially designed for use with
vibrational electrical and light therapies. The product line includes
bio-electric gel, moisturizer, healing mist, healing cream, cleanser
and mudd mask. They contain blends of ionized water, pure aloe
vera, virgin oils, gem essences, anti-oxidants and other all-natural
ingredients that nurture and help restore the health and tone
of the face.
essences are made of pure water that has been vibrationally charged
with the energetic qualities of precious and semi-precious gemstones.
Through the process of making gem essences, the healing and energy
balancing frequencies contained in each gem are released and amplified
into the water, then stabilized for ongoing usage. Each VBT product
contains a unique and proprietary blend of 6 to 20 gem essences.
The beneficial properties of each essence are further released
into the body when colored light and microcurrent are passed through
them on the skin surface.
training in the methods of VBT, including business and marketing
considerations, is offered through East-West Seminars at locations
throughout the United States.
have been many systems designed to serve the rapidly growing and
highly profitable market for facial services. Most of them are
cosmetic, that is, the effects are largely local and temporary.
The electric currents and light stimulation used in most devices
are strong enough to overpower the subtle bio-electricity of the
face and its energy channels. This can have a negative long-term
effect and may actually accelerate the aging process. The Vibrational
Beauty Therapy system applies gentle microcurrents and a spectrum
of beneficial colors of light to clients in a customized manner.
Stimulation is applied through acupuncture points that communicate
with the entire body. Treatment is given in conjunction with VBT
skin products that work synergistically.
has been developed in response to the growing demand for de-aging
beauty and healthcare services that work in harmony with the subtle
energy systems of the body.
About the author- Darren Starwynn, O.M.D. is a pioneer in the
research and development of microcurrent and light therapy devices,
and clinical techniques for their use. He has practiced acupuncture
since 1982, and has had a strong focus on consciousness-based
healing systems for most of his life. Dr. Starwynn is founder
and President of Microcurrent Research, Inc., a Phoenix, Arizona
based company that manufactures the Acutron Mentor device he has
developed. He teaches extensively throughout the United States
and abroad. His book Microcurrent Electro-Acupuncture was released
in 2002 to enthusiastic reviews, and is considered to be the primary
reference text in this specialty.
Starwynn can be reached at his e-mail address: email@example.com
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