Bell's Palsy is a temporary condition that affects one side of the face, the facial muscles becoming weak or paralyzed. Bell's Palsy sometimes is confused with a stroke because of the droopy appearance and very sudden onset of facial paralysis. The cause is not well understood, sometimes attributed to a virus infecting the facial nerve or people affected with migraines are at higher risk to develop Bell's Palsy. however, anyone can develop this condition. In Chinese Medicine Bell's Palsy would be diagnosed as External Wind Cold Attack of Channels in the Face. Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment therapy for Bell's Palsy. I have helped several patients recover from Bell's Palsy in my private practice as well as in Nepal when volunteering with Acupuncture Relief Project. In an upcoming Vanity Fair cover story article for the September 2017 issue, Angelina Jolie confided she struggled with Bell's Palsy and attributed her full recovery to acupuncture.
.The Tour de France is an amazing sporting event and cause for celebrating human endurance, strength, teamwork. Chris Froome of the UK just won his fourth Tour. I remember a couple of years back in 2014, a lot of buzz about acupuncture and the Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali. Italy's Astana team was supported by a medical team with an acupuncturist, osteopaths, and physical therapists. Read an interview with Belgium based acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt about working with top athletes and the Astana team at the Tour de France, http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=32946
I found a recent article about unified welterweight world champion Keith Thurman who uses acupuncture as part of his training to be a top performing boxer. He attributes acupuncture helping him with deep relaxation and focus. Enjoy the following NBC sports 2 minute video with Keith Thurman receiving acupuncture and his positive responses to acupuncture treatment:
Come by and say HELLO.
Where: 1530 Center Rd Ste. 15 (offices adjacent to Body Kinetics Gym) Novato, CA
When: Friday August 4 from 11am - 2pm & Saturday August 5 from 9am - 11am
Why: Open House to meet you, I'm new in the neighborhood
Who: Anyone curious about acupuncture or Chinese medicine. Everyone is welcome!
What: I will have a drawing on each day and the winner will receive a gift from me for an Acupuncture consult/treatment and follow-up treatment valued at $220.
I chose the name hedgehog blog because hedgehogs are cute and they look like they are acupuncture models with their "needles" covering their bodies. I hope these blog posts educate and inform you about Chinese Medicine and Wellness.