Understanding Your Acupressure Points

Acupressure or as it was once known in Ancient China, acupuncture is a way of maintaining a healthy balance of your inner energy which is referred to in the East as “qi”. Whilst an acupuncturist uses very slim needles which are inserted into various pressure points across the body, accupressure involves various pressure points being pressed by the practitioner.

The idea of acupressure is a simple one, and since many people in the East turn to this form of therapy as a way of keeping those aches and pains away, it’s no wonder that we in the West have started to adopt this completely natural way of feeling better on the inside.

You may be confused about how this works. Well, practitioners know which pressure points in the body sit on energy channels (also known as a meridian). Over time, these can become blocked resulting in the troubles explained below. By applying pressure, the channel is cleared making for a much happier you on the inside and out!

Many people are looking towards acupressure as opposed to acupuncture simply because it’s less invasive and is a great alternative for people who have a fear of needles. These days you can also buy an acupressure mat which means you can relieve various aches and pains in the comfort of your own home.

Once such company that offers high quality and well researched acupressure mats is White Lotus, and you can find their euromat on the website. Extensively researched and made from the highest quality food grade plastic spikes, the euro mat from White Lotus may assist you with the following:

• Stress
• Help increase your energy levels
• Aid in a poor sleeping pattern
• Helps reduce back and neck pain
• Generally helps with general tension and muscle pain

What’s great about these acupressure mats isn’t just the fact that you can use them in the comfort of your own home.

It also means you don’t have to work out which points in the body will help with the ailments mentioned above because White Lotus has done all of this for you.

If you’re just looking for a way to unwind at the end of a busy day, or suffer with any of the above, it’s well worth thinking about investing in one of these all natural euromats which cost far less than a trip to a local acupressure practitioner.

Male Stretch Marks – Should You Be Worried?

It may surprise you to know that male stretch marks are on the rise, and one reason for this is the ever increasing need to have a physique just like the Hollywood stars you see at the cinema. Young men especially are starting to show signs of male stretch marks simply because they begin building muscle too quickly in the gym.

When you do this, the muscles expand causing your skin to stretch more than it should naturally. The same applies when looking at weight loss which is another reason why male stretch marks are on the rise. These days, men are just as susceptible to being bombarded by the media telling them they should have the perfect physique. In fact, it could be considered that men are really bearing the brunt of this type of marketing right now. After all, women have been used to it for decades!

Sure, being a healthy weight is important, but if you lose weight too quickly or lose a lot of weight over a period of time this can result in male stretch marks. Just like women, this can have a terrible affect on self-esteem and instead of feeling confident enough to show off that new figure, you end up hiding it.

There are various options open to you if you suffer from male stretch marks but not all of them work, and if you turn to cosmetic surgery this can leave you with scars which kind of defeats the object!

So, what to do? Well, you could use various topical creams and other chemically produced products that claim to reproduce the collagen your skin has lost (the reason male stretch marks appear). However, these can have their side effects and don’t always work. What you could do if you’re looking for a completely natural way of reducing the appearance of male stretch marks is to take a look at the website by White Lotus.

There, you will find various derma roller kits that use a micro-needling system together with a completely natural anti-stretch mark serum. These kits work by increasing the circulation of the skin you’re working on, increases the amount of collagen produced – naturally! And, will help to provide you with much needed anti-oxidants which keep skin cells healthy.

If you’re in a place right now where you’ve tried everything to get rid of male stretch marks, why not give White Lotus and their products a try?

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

Derma rollers are a fantastic way to assist cellulite.
Cellulite at a basic level is caused by fat cells becoming swollen and pushing through the collagen and elastin matrix. When the collagen and elastin matrix is healthy it has a basket weave formation producing smooth skin. Fat cells pushing through this matrix distort it which produces the dimple like appearance we call cellulite (also known as cottage cheese skin).

Dermarollers or micro needling can be used to assist this condition because the skin needling creates a whole new stronger layer of collagen and elastin which can better restrain the swollen fat cells and provide a new smoother layer to the surface of the skin.

The skin needling also dramatically improves micro-circulation in the area. Poor local circulation is often associated with cellulite formation.

For best results combine it with it with the White Lotus stretch mark and cellulite serum. This organic serum assists the results of the skin needling and contains many key natural ingredients that help regenerate skin cells and were traditionally used to effectively benefit cellulite.

Hair loss after pregnancy

Post-partum hair loss can be a frustrating problem. It occurs at a very sensitive time and can affect self-esteem at a time when you are trying to establish a new life with your child.

In the western world hair loss after pregnancy is just something people have to accept and wait until the body naturally recovers.

In ancient China the approach was very different. The Chinese system had very detailed protocols for every step of pregnancy. The steps were designed to improve the constitution of the unborn child and ensure the mothers quick recovery.

In Chinese medicine it is believed hair is controlled by blood. It is a loss of blood or decrease in the quality of blood that causes hair loss and premature greying.

This all sounds very philosophical, but how can this help you. Traditionally herbal formulas were applied to the scalp and combined with early skin needling using a dermal hammer. This practice has been used for hundreds of years with excellent results.

Many of the herbs used in these formulas such as ginseng have more recently been the subject of research showing they help prevent hair loss.

In modern terms skin needling assists hair growth by increasing the release of endothelial growth factor. This promotes hair growth and increases follicle and hair size as well as leading to interactions that lead to hair canal formation.

White Lotus provides a premium hair restoration spray, which is combined with modern skin needling in the form of a derma stamp. Combined they can assist hair to regrow more rapidly and improve the quality of the hair that regrows.

Please have a look at the White Lotus deluxe hair Restoration Pack if you are interested in a natural way of reducing the effects of hair loss after pregnancy.

Scar Remover

Scar Remover

Scar Remover

Skin needling has been extensively researched for scar removal. Derma rollers and derma stamps act as an ideal scar remover as they do very little damage to the surface of the skin unlike more invasive treatments.

Research has shown that skin needling can improve the visible appearance of scars on the skin by one to two grades after just three treatments (1). Further research in Germany has shown that skin needling can decrease the appearance of burn scars by up to 80% (2).

In this video skin needling specialists White Lotus discuss how skin needling works to assist scars removal and demonstrate how to work with a prominent scar on the abdomen.
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1. Micro needling Therapy in Atrophic Facial Scars: An Objective Assessment. Majid, I.(2009). J Cutan Aesthet Surg. Jan–Jun 2(1), 26–30.

2. Percutaneous collagen induction therapy: an alternative treatment for burn scars. Aust, M. C. et al. (2010). Burns. Sep 36(6), 836-43.

Dermaroller Video

Dermaroller Video

There is a huge amount of misinformation produced about dermarolling. Some of it springs from the desire to sell products while more is produced from genuine ignorance.

In this professional video Anthony Kingston author of ‘Holistic Micro Needling’ explains how the dermoroller works and how to perform and effective dermaroller treatments.

In addition the video explains in specific sections how to choose the correct needle length derma roller for your condition, how to minimise and eliminate any pain and so avoid the need for anaesthetics and how to choose the correct treatment and aftercare serums to maximise results and avoid any dermaroller side effects.

This video not only provides the information about skin needling it also provides the sources of the knowledge in the form of the scientific references behind the knowledge. This allows you to check any facts that you need and cut through all the myths surrounding dermarolling to safely gain all the benefits of this amazing treatment.

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Natural Dermaroller Cleaner

Natural Dermaroller Cleaner

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More and more people are continuing to buy home use dermarollers and use them on their skin at home. This means that the derma roller is reused on the same person and develops a risk of harbouring and spreading bacteria when used each time.

Previously White Lotus had introduced an isopropyl alcohol derma roller cleaner principally for beauticians who are sometimes legally allowed to reuse derma rollers in clinic. Now we are introducing a completely natural dermaroller cleaner which can be used safely in any environment.

The natural derma roller cleaner contains 99.999% colloidal silver suspended in distilled water. This delivers a powerful dose of silver ions each time the bottle is sprayed.

Silver ions are a very safe alternative which was previously taken internally for a variety of conditions before the advent of antibiotics.

They are currently used in hospitals in bandages to dress potentially problematic wounds and are also used to disinfect some surgical equipment.

The new pump spray is 50mLs and contains silver ions at 14ppm. A single bottle will last over a year of regular use.

The Natural Dermaroller cleaner is available through the White Lotus websites.

Acupressure Mat

Acupressure Mat

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Acupressure mats have their roots in ancient China where they were used to stimulate acupuncture or acupressure points.

A similar tradition developed in India and spiritual men were often seen sitting on a bed of nails. In China the mats were more therapeutic while in India they were more closely associated with spiritual practice.LotusMatPurplePink1The mats themselves were basically spikes attached to a mat. They need to be strong enough to stimulate the skin but not sharp enough to damage it unlike acupuncture needles.

It is believed that therapeutically the acupressure mat works by regulating endorphins in the body. A recent piece of research in the USA showed that when an acupressure or acupuncture mat was used on 126 people 98% reported pain relief, 96% reported relaxation, 94% reported and improvement in sleep and 81% reported an increase in energy.

By lying in a relaxed way on the acupressure mat you stimulate the acupressure points of the back. The mats can also be used to stimulate other areas of the body and relieve issues in specific areas.

White Lotus has recently introduced the highest quality acupressure mat available on the market. Designed in Europe to accommodate European physiques it has several unique features that make it ideal to assist people at home

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  • Unique viscoelastic memory foam to cater for your unique structure.
  • Unique Velcro straps to allow you to apply the mat to limbs easily and to increase ease of transportation
  • Food grade plastic spikes for safety in contact with the skin
  • Unique plastic spike attachment process so avoiding the need for potentially toxic glues

This mat which is hand crafted in Europe sets new standards for home accupressure and should be experienced to understand the full range of the benefits.

See the website for further information about the acupressure mat

 

Derma rollers safe for Black Skin Care

Derma rollers safe for Black Skin Care

There have been many reports of changes in the pigmentation of African or dark Indian skin due to ablative cosmetic treatments. Ablative cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion remove the surface layers of the skin. This trauma then stimulates new collagen growth in the remaining skin.

These treatments are no longer recommended for individuals with darker skin due to their ability to cause hyperpigmentation on black skin.

Derma rollers or skin needling on the other hand do not remove the surface layers of the skin, but rather create micro channels through the skin. These tiny channels cause slight trauma in the deeper layers of the skin which naturally increases collagen production. One study has shown that it can increase collagen induction by up to 1,000% (1).

Recent research has now shown that this highly effective therapy is safe to be used as part of black skin care regimes.

The study showed that using a derma roller does not result in any loss of melanocytes. This makes it safe for all skin types (2).

It has also been reported that using the derma roller may in fact help regulate the signalling between melanocytes and other cells. This may make it a useful treatment for hyperpigmentation for black skin in the future. We will wait for future research to confirm this.

  1. 4-Schwartz et al, 2006, internet paper. Abstract reflections about COLLAGEN-INDUCTION-THERAPY (CIT) A Hypothesis for the Mechanism of Action of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) using Micro-Needles; 1st edition February 2006. 2nd revision January 2007 Horst Liebl
  2. Aust, M.C., Reimers, K., Repenning, C., Stahl, F., Jahn, S., Guggenheim, M., Schwaiger, N., Gohritz, A. & Vogt, P. M. (2008). Percutaneous collagen induction: minimally invasive skin rejuvenation without risk of hyperpigmentation-fact or fiction? Plast Reconstr Surg. 122(5), 1553-63.

Dermaroller Acne Scars

 Dermaroller Acne Scars

The dermaroller has been shown to be highly effective at assisting many types of scarring. Creating micro trauma below the surface of the skin increases the production of a group of enzymes called collagenases. These enzymes break down the misaligned collagen in the acne scars.

The dermaroller for acne scars then creates a whole new layer of collagen below the scar tissue to create smooth tissue in place of the broken scarred tissue. Studies have shown that the dermaroller can increase the production of collagen by as much as 1,000% in a single treatment. This makes the dermaroller for acne scars a highly effective treatment.

Derma Roller Acne

What is often not discussed is how you can perform a dermaroller acne scar treatment when there is still active acne in the area. Rolling a dermaroller across active acne can burst cysts and other acne spots spreading bacteria and risking causing further scarring.

The solution to using the dermaroller for acne is in the products that are used with the treatments. Topical green tea has been shown to be highly effective at assisting the reduction in active acne. You can read about this in our previous blog ‘Green tea for acne’. Applying the green tea oil for several weeks before you begin the dermaroller for acne scars treatment helps reduce active spots allowing you to treat larger areas of skin and obtain better results.

The oil can then be combined with the treatment which will allow the oil to penetrate deeper through the increased absorption the dermaroller causes. Over a series of derma roller acne treatments this will continue to decrease the acne allowing more effective acne scar treatments.

To learn more about the dermaroller and green tea oil please see the White Lotus website.

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