This article is by one of my my mentors, inventor of the acutron which I am very pleased to now offer in my clinic:
Inner Balance and Outer Beauty:
Facial Rejuvenation: Good Medicine?
By Darren Starwynn, O.M.D.
Microcurrent Facial Rejuvenation is a natural alternative to harsh and often dangerous cosmetic
procedures such as facial surgery, Botox™, chemical peels and dermabrasion. The popularity of non-
surgical rejuvenation procedures is rapidly growing. There has been a 471% increase in the numbers of
such procedures performed since 1997.
I have worked with a research team throughout the United States to develop a superior facial system
called Energy Light Rejuvenation™ (ELR). ELR uses gentle microcurrent electro- combined with color
light therapy. The microcurrents are applied at specific frequencies and polarities that match the body’s
own bio-electric activity.1 This technology is an aspect of Energy Medicine, which is certainly a major
future direction of health care.
Clients like ELR facial rejuvenation for the following benefits:
Adjustment of facial muscle tone to more youthful firmness to reduce or eliminate sagging areas
Normalization of skin coloration to more healthy hues
Reduction or elimination of acne, blemishes and age spots
Increase in collagen and elastin production to fill out and contour the face
Facilitating a healthy, vibrant glow to the face
At least 85 – 90% of clients are satisfied with these results from a series of ELR sessions.2 The
remarkable thing has been all the additional benefits that have been reported. Here is a partial list of
healing “side effects” that my students and associates practicing ELR have told me about over the last
1) Menstrual cramps relieved
2) Menopausal discomfort alleviated
3) Weight loss (averaging 5 – 15 lbs over a series of 3 – 10 facial sessions)
4) Back and neck pain relieved
5) Depression or emotional malaise lifted, mental clarity increases, increased feelings of inner calm and
6) Digestive discomfort and constipation relieved
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The 10 – 15% of clients who are not fully satisfied are generally those with significant unhealthy or negative lifestyle factors
such as smoking, lack of exercise, and high-stress, negative emotional patterns. Yet even many clients with these burdens
enjoy and continue to return for ongoing rejuvenation sessions.
7) “Writer’s block” to composing music removed, so that a musician patient moved out of a period of
disconnection from her music
8) Fatigue lifted, energy levels increase
10) Hormonally-based acne permanently cleared up
One esthetician I interviewed stated: “I am 47 and peri-menopausal. I was rubbing progesterone cream
on my body because I was waking up at night with hot flashes with heavy sweating and red face and
irregular periods. I started giving myself just one ELR session a week (only one because I am so busy
with clients). After 3 – 4 sessions I have discontinued using the progesterone cream and I have been
completely symptom free now for months.”
How can these remarkable effects be explained? In most cases the patients/clients were only treated on
their face and neck, with little or no adjunctive healing arts or body acupuncture points stimulated.
Acupuncturists have known about an energy circulation system throughout the body called the meridian,
or channel, system. Knowledge of the meridians allows an acupuncturist to needle a point near the big
toe to help relieve a migraine, or a point on the hand to clear the sinuses. There are energy meridians
that connect all the internal organs of the body to acupuncture points on the face. This helps explain
some of the remarkable, whole-body healing benefits of Energy Light Rejuvenation.
Many modern writers and researchers have written about the body’s information communication
systems. According to accepted medical thinking, there are two primary communication pathways in the
body – the nervous system (electrical communication) and the endocrine system (chemical
communication). The nervous system’s pathways connect peripheral sensory receptors with the brain or
lower reflex centers, which then respond by sending signals back to peripheral effectors such as skin and
muscle. The chemical pathways include endocrine glands and other tissues that secrete hormones
directly into the blood stream, causing rapid effects at precisely targeted sites all over the body.
Deepak Chopra and other writers have also described a third informational pathway that is even more
subtle and instantaneous. This is based on minute substances called neuro-peptides that are apparently
produced by many tissues all over the body, including the brain, heart, immune system, digestive
system, and blood cells. These peptides appear to flash into existence, instantaneously trigger a target
tissue and then disappear.3 Peptides are strongly affected by mood and emotion. It has been shown
that negative thoughts can increase cortisol levels, which are associated with increased stress. They
also decrease immune system output, which makes people more subject to disease. On the other hand,
positive thoughts can increase production of “happy” bio-chemicals such as dopamine, endorphins and
sex hormones.4 Peptides appear to be a major link between thought, emotion, organs and the immune
system – the mind-body link that acupuncture has been working with since ancient times.
Other researchers have proven that the meridian system acts like a fiber-optic system, and that light
travels through the meridian pathways. One team of researchers at the Institute for Clinical and
Experimental Medicine in Novosibirsk, Russia applied various wavelengths of light to regions of the
body’s surface, and then observed that light emanated from the body at other, distal areas. Upon further
experimentation, they saw that this phenomenon mainly happened along the traditionally charted
pathways of the acupuncture meridian system.5
See Chopra’s book Quantum Healing for a thorough explanation of this point.
Smith, Ray. Microcurrent therapies: Emerging theories of physiological information processing, NeuroRehabilitation 17 3-7,
Pankratov, Sergei. Meridians Conduct Light. Raum and Zeit. Germany: 1991
Can this subtle, but immensely powerful neuro-peptide system explain the whole-body healing effects of
ELR facial rejuvenation listed above? Our research team has certainly seen a significant increase in
these healing effects since we added the color light component to our microcurrent facial rejuvenation
protocol in 2001. Efficacy seems to be boosted by selecting colors (wavelengths) of light specifically
matched to each individual client. This suggests a resonance effect with specific endocrine glands,
which are closely associated with the chakra system described by Ayurvedic medicine. Each chakra has
traditionally been associated with a specific endocrine gland and a specific color of light.
It is my view that light is the basis of all communication, information and the innate intelligence of the
body. Microcurrent appears to act as a carrier for externally applied light, helping it penetrate more
deeply into the body more easily. Our faces constantly mirror our emotions and thoughts, and Oriental
facial diagnosis has long been known to be able to diagnose the condition of the internal organs by
reading the face. The face is therefore a two-way holographic gateway to the entire body, mind and
Spirit. This means that we can diagnose by observing the face, and also that the entire body can be
effectively treated through the face. I am excited about continuing this line of research, and I am grateful
for the many enthusiastic practitioners who continue to share their clinical experiences with me.
Bio: Darren Starwynn, O.M.D. has over 26 years clinical experience in acupuncture and Energy
Medicine, and is the President of Eastwestmed, Inc. He is a prolific writer, inventor and researcher.
You can access his information and blog at www.east-westseminars.com/info.php, or write to him at:
firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Starwynn is the inventor of the Acutron Microlight technology used
for advanced pain management, electro-acupuncture and facial rejuvenation.
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