BEAUTY: GOLD BENEFITS, FACIAL TREATMENTS & ACUPUNCTURE
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BEAUTY: GOLD : THE METAL SEASON AND HEALTH
  In acupuncture, we can use gold needles when doing facial points. Gold can nourish qi and blood, tonify and help the skin glow because its energetic properties are "warmer" than silver, which is more sedating and cooling. The metal mineral of gold meets the metal system of the skin in perfect symphony
 
In the I-Ching, the classic Chinese book of changes and divination, gold coins are cast in an oracle ritual for fortune and money. The I-Ching also demonstrates a relation between the "golden ratio" and a linear recurrence sequence . The golden ratio has also been cast in face mapping, or finding the optimum combination of facial symmetry that suggests ultimate beauty.  
 
In Chinese alchemy, ancient Daoism suggests the existence of a Golden Elixir that when ingested would give the drinker eternal life. Cleopatra's beauty secret is that she's said to have slept in a gold mask. The Egyptian queen believed that gold's natural minerals would maintain her beauty. Chinese medicine also regards gold as the secret to youthful skin. Twenty-four-carat gold can detox skin of impurities, leave skin luminous, and increase oxygen production.
 
Gold never tarnishes, or corrodes, it's ever-lasting, just like a gold band wrapped around a finger or worn on a chain symbolizes forever. The season will turn and the golden summer sun must tuck away for a bit, but its glow remains timeless, and within us.
 
 
~Giselle Wasfie, L.Ac.

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