I know that it may seem incongruous for an integrative medical practice to offer neurotoxic protein such as Botox Cosmetic and Xeomin.
However, it works, and this popular non-surgical procedure works very well to temporarily smooth moderate to severe lines in the forehead, crow's feet and between the eyebrows. The Botox brand has been around for sixteen years and has an excellent safety record.
Yes, the neurotoxin does migrate and does get detoxified by the liver. I wouldn't recommend it to people who have severe detoxification dysfunction. Botox is safe for most people and so many, many people want it. You would be surprised at how many people you know get Botox injections (even some who say they do not). Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin, and Dysport brands do more than just help us look better.
Botox Cosmetic: Looking Better, Feeling Better
In 2017, there was a study done comparing the Efficacy of Botox versus Placebo for Treatment of Patients with Major Depression. The conclusion was that Botox is effective for treatment of patients with depression.(1)
For people who have suffered for years with chronic illnesses, feeling better is part of the journey. Looking better is often as important to their recovery and self esteem.
With Botox and Xeomin, the concern I hear most often is from patients who think they will end up looking like a Vulcan, i.e., Mr. Spock, and of course no one wants that look. That is why it is important to find an experienced injector practitioner who understands the facial anatomy and knows where to place the Botox for a natural look. Also, communication with the practitioner is important. Remember that Botox typically lasts a few months and if the look is not what you are expecting, a few more units can often help.
If you have thought about having Botox Cosmetic, or other similar treatment but have been hesitant, get a consultation to make sure you are comfortable with the practitioner. You will enjoy the results.
1 Iran J Public Health 2017 Jul; 46(7): 982–984.
Cathlene Heideman NP, LAc, practices at National Integrated Health Associates and blends her knowledge of integrative medicine, acupuncture and herbals for the optimal health of the patient. Her areas of focus include holistic primary care, Lyme Disease and co-infections, gut issues, acupuncture for health issues and aesthetics, detoxification, and acute and chronic disease management.