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8th Edition of International Conference on

Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies

June 05-07, 2025 | Rome, Italy

Traditional Medicine 2024

Foundations of facial acupuncture

Speaker at Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies 2024 - Michelle Gellis
Acupuncture Physician, United States
Title : Foundations of facial acupuncture


The human face is unique. The anatomy of the face and the diseases to which it is susceptible set it apart from the rest of the body. Needling acupuncture points on the face is often regarded merely as a way to bring qi to the area to treat a local issue, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction or sinus congestion. But unbeknownst to many practitioners, needling the face can bring about global changes, initiating emotional, physical, and spiritual healing that cannot always be accomplished through body points. However, needling the face poses challenges due to its heavily vascularized anatomy, relatively dense innervation, and delicate and complex muscularization. This presentation presents many of the unique facets of acupuncture treatment of the face. Using facial motor and acupuncture points, submuscular needling and various threading techniques as well as facial cupping and Gua Sha, separately or a part of a comprehensive treatment plan can be used to effectively treat both cosmetic and neuromuscular facial conditions such as Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia and other conditions. This lecture will provide an overview of safe and effective use of these techniques and provide protocols for both cosmetic and neuromuscular facial concerns.


Michelle Gellis is a Florida Licensed AP. Currently on Faculty at Yo San University (Los Angeles) she is former Faculty and Clinic Supervisor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (2005-2019). She teaches facial acupuncture internationally and has been published in prominent acupuncture publications such as the Journal of Chinese Medicine. Throughout her career Michelle has been sought out to lecture by numerous prestigious national and international organizations such as The Florida State Oriental Medical Association, The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK), China Books (AU), and American Acupuncture Council. Michelle’s brings a vibrant teaching style and breadth of knowledge of facial and cosmetic acupuncture encompassing safety, ethics, theory, history, point location, and unique precision needling techniques.