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Austin patients find healing with acupuncture

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Andrea Eames, 28, has suffered from acne for years. Nothing she tried worked, until she found herself in a sticky situation.

“I’m sure it looks pretty grizzly, but I can assure you it’s actually very comfortable,” Eames said.

Acupuncture is an Eastern medicinal practice known for getting the body back in balance. Tiny needles do the trick, sometimes three at a time on the face.

“It is using traditional acupuncture points in the face as well as the body to promote beauty I guess is the best way of saying it,” said Marsha Kaye, a licensed acupuncturist.

The technique is called Mei Zen, based on traditional Chinese medicine.

“It is the combination of how I use the needles. I also use herbs. I also use nutrition with people,” Kaye said.

Kaye has been using Mei Zen for about a year. Besides acne, the procedure can also target fine lines, wrinkles and saggy skin, she said.

“Putting the needles into the dermis of the skin, we’re creating a little micro-trauma. The micro trauma will, again, stimulate collagen production, so that is filling in wrinkles, fine lines,” Kaye said.

For Eames, Mei Zen was a last resort when nothing else worked. She's had acne for 15 years.

“That’s cystic acne, which is sort of lumps under the skin and blockages, so it flares up all the time,” Eames said. “I’m never free of it.”

But after five weeks of acupuncture Eames said she’s seeing improvement under the skin.

“I still have the occasional breakout, but they’re right on the surface,” she said.

Eames calls the results amazing. Kaye says with any acupuncture technique, it’s all a balancing act -- getting people healthy, physically and emotionally.

“That healthy body is what just radiates out from the skin,” Kaye said.

She recommends 10 acupuncture sessions followed by maintenance every few months.

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