An article recently appeared in Time magazine reporting that a couple of researchers, after conducting a trial on 10 patients with severe depression, have concluded that Botox injections into frown lines may prove effective in the treatment of patients with major depression (who have not responded to routine pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatment approaches).
The implications of this research are quite interesting, however, from the standpoint of a more holistic approach to facial renewal, such as that which we advocate in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture and related modalities, such a treatment, albeit experimental, is all-too-typical of a Western, allopathic approach to malaise. Rather than confront the underlying psychospiritual issue, the Western practitioner elects to deaden the affected area, so that the patient doesn't experience the "symptom", which, in this case, is the "negative" emotional state.
In Oriental medicine, the area between the eyebrows relates to the Wood element; the organ associated with this element is the Liver, and its characteristic emotional outlet is anger, the expression of which is viewed as socially inappropriate, particularly for women. If a healthy anger remains below the level of consciousness awareness, this can result in the eventual damping down of what we might term a potentially transformative emotional "fire,"; psychologically, the individual becomes depressed. These so-called "liver" lines can be an outward manifestation of a certain type of frustration that is expressed through the facial musculature by contracting the corrugator muscle into a scowl or frown. Over time, this tension in the corrugator results in those "undesirable" lines which are the target of the current epidemic of Botox injections.
In facial acupuncture, we can treat the wrinkles in this area of the forehead using both a constitutional approach to address the imbalance of the Wood element, as well as topically - by minimally invasive facial needling. After a series of treatments, notable improvements in these lines can usually be observed, the results of which can, and often do, persist for up to 2 to 3 years afterwards (with periodic maintenance treatments).
So, the next time one of your friends says that they're thinking about having Botox to eradicate those pesky lines between their eyes (or if they're feeling depressed), suggest that they might consider facial acupuncture, a holistic and organic alternative, rather than a series of toxic injections.