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Bell’s palsy, also known as facial palsy, is an acute, ipsilateral facial nerve paralysis with unknown etiology, which can result in weakness of the muscles of facial expression. Bell's palsy can occur at any age.
The clinical features of Bell’s palsy may include sudden onset, unilateral, weakness of the facial nerve, auricular pain, and headaches. Moreover, retroauricular pain may lead to impaired tolerance of noise and ipsilateral disturbance of taste.
In China, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to assist in Bell’s palsy recovery, Consistent acupuncture treatments (usually recommended 3 times per week), can help soothe a patient and expedite resolution of paralysis, and enhance nerve function.
Here is an article on USA Today about Angelina Jolie’s struggle with Bell’s Palsy and “credited acupuncture for a full recovery.”
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Never did I expect for this new experience that is Acupuncture to work for me. I have tried all types of therapies to heal my body pains and aches, and after years of trying, I resolved myself to try one last thing: acupuncture, but with skepticism. Not only did the experience help from the first visit, but Dr. Gao has a way to make you feel comfortable and educate you on your pain, so you can better understand it.
Meet our Practitioner
MD (in China)
Hong is a 3rd generation acupuncturist and Chinese medicine doctor in her family. After graduating from a 5 year acupuncture program at Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in 1991, she worked in the Acupuncture and Chinese medicine department of the 7th Hospital of Harbin for 5 years before she went abroad. She practiced acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in China, Japan, Canada, and USA. She is nationally licensed in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.
Hong helps patients regain vitality with her extensive knowledge passed down from generation to generation. She treats infertility, pain, regulate cycles (hormone and sleep), and balances mood. She loves to help with childhood conditions such as eczema, colic, tummy aches, weak immune system, tics, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, and teenage’s acne, painful periods and PMS. Gut health, digestive issues, back pain, nephropathy, asthma and allergies are some of her other favorite conditions to treat. She partners with her patients to help them find their best path to wholehearted health based on lifestyle, constitution and goals. She meets her patients on their personal healing journey, integrating simple, easy, and do-able lifestyle shifts for maximum benefit.
Acupuncture: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Oriental Medicine: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Clean Needle Technique; Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
How Acupuncture Works
Calms And Balances Your Neuro-Endocrine Axis
When your nervous system is calm, your hormonal system, immune system, digestive, and circulatory systems all calm down, too. This means more hormonal balance, less inflammation, better circulation and nutrient absorption.
Promotes Tissue Healing
When you use acupuncture to stimulate your body’s healing process, it gets right to work repairing and restoring all cells and tissues. Acupuncture harnesses the vast healing intelligence your body contains to help you heal faster.
Helps Sustain Optimal Function
When we use acupuncture to bring more blood flow to the glands and tissues that need the most support, those tissues naturally work better. This means key tissues like thyroid, liver, adrenals, ovaries, and others are able to function at peak levels.
Opens And Regulates Microcirculation
When you apply acupuncture as a weekly therapy for several weeks, your body naturally and gently begins to undergo positive changes. This is different from drugs and surgery which represent drastic, sudden change your body may not be able to sustain. The changes induced by acupuncture are literally like new pathways your body won’t soon forget.