What can be treated with Acupuncture?

2BWell Group was one of the first acupuncture clinics in Portland and Lake Oswego. According to the World Heath Organization, acupuncture is an effective treatment for such conditions as:

  • Pain – headache, carpal tunnel, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis
  • Stress – anxiety, insomnia, TMJ, panic attacks
  • Respiratory – allergies, sinusitus, asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu
  • Digestive – constipation, diarrhea, colitis, ulcers, indigestion, nausea
  • Cardiovascular – hypertension, heart palpitations
  • Musculoskeletal – stiff neck, muscle spasms, low back pain, sprains, sciatica, any joint-related pain, foot pain, hand pain
  • Immune system – chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gynecological – PMS, infertility, irregular periods, cramps, menopause
  • Emotional – depression, alternative to some psychiatric drug therapies, PMS, nausea, associated with pregnancy
  • Neurological – Post-stroke sequela, paralysis, Bell's palsy, shingles
  • Cancer – diminishes side effects from chemotherapy and radiation
  • Preventative medicine – immune enhancement, relaxation
  • Non-surgical face lifts – tones and tightens facial muscles, increases circulation, rejuvenates tissue
  • Surgical Support – reduces swelling and inflammation, accelerates healing, boosts the immune system, increases range of motion
  • Addictions – nicotine, alcohol, drugs

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

At 2BWell, we have a special focus in offering Cosmetic Acupuncture, which is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles designed to be used only for the face, into the groups of designated acupuncture points on the face & body where needed.

This superficial insertion on the face will increase the local circulation of both blood and energy (called Qi - pronounced; CHEE) to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and tighten the skin. It also tones all the targeted facial muscles which will give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.

Cosmetic Acupuncture has attracted great attention in the last few years, especially in the big cities like New York City and Los Angeles. It used to be a treatment only for the rich and famous in Hollywood, but now everyone wants the royal treatment. A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with a course of treatments. The effects were the skin becomes delicate, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, better complexion, and overall facial rejuvenation.

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How Does it Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the meridians that either end or begin at the face and balancing the flow of energy at the same time. Cosmetic acupuncture treats the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. This involves the insertion of hair-thin disposable needles into specific areas on the face, ears, and hands. The needles are inserted into the energy pathways or meridians to improve the flow of Qi.

As the movement of energy improves, a greater amount of energy and blood are circulated to the face, nourishing, hydrating, toning and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. At the same time we attend to the outside (what you see) and use some additional acupuncture points (usually on the arms and around ankles) to work on the inside. This works holistically, both on the physical appearance and on the underlying factors which influence that.

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Siamak Shirazi, LAc, DOM

Siamak has been studying and researching to specialize in Cosmetic Acupuncture for over 10 years. He is licensed by the Oregon Board of Medical Practitioners since 1995 and also holds two certifications in the field of Cosmetic Acupuncture. Read more

Licensed Acupuncturist

Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Founder / Director, 2BWell Group


Michael Crupper, ND, LAc

Michael Crupper is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist practicing primary care family medicine at the 2BWell Group. Dual medical degrees give him the unique ability to evaluate patients using both Eastern and Western medical traditions and choose the best treatment for each individual. Read more

Naturopathic Physician

Licensed Acupuncturist

2BWell Groupe