Self-Care with Lifestyle and Diet
Eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy habit, and keep these healing factors in your regimen:
No direct wind. The breeze may feel good, but it isn't good for you. Avoid sitting close to a fan, air conditioner, or open window.
Avoid spicy foods. Spice generates internal heat and Wind, which worsens the symptoms and can delay recovery time.
Sleep. This is when the body heals. We recommend going to bed by 11 PM, and getting 7 to 8 hours of good, uninterrupted sleep.
Take it easy. Studies show that high stress contributes to weakening the immune system. Stress reduction is part of every acupuncture treatment, but we encourage you to find any other healthy activity you enjoy to help manage stress. Check the Fun Stuff page on our site and follow us on social media to see frequently updated posts about tips, exercises, recipes, and workshops (scroll to the top for icons).
Moxibustion. This classical Chinese medicine application involves the burning of dried Chinese mugwort, or Ai Ye. There are several ways of administering moxibustion, and they all involve warming certain acupuncture points to promote Qi and blood circulation. Your acupuncturist will show you how to do this self-treatment at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I come in? We recommend you come in as soon as possible, ideally within 3 days of your onset for optimal results. This will also help to prevent the symptoms from getting worse. We recommend 4 treatments within the first 2 weeks.
When will I see results? Most patients begin to see improvement within the first 2 treatments. We strive to get results while you're on the table. Yes, you can feel changes immediately. On average, we see full recovery within 3 weeks to 2 months, which is faster than the 3 to 6 month waiting period suggested by the National Institute of Health. Of course, each case will vary by how soon treatments begin and if there are any coinciding health complications. Please see your doctor to rule out other disorders and illnesses.
Are there side effects? Unlike the medications prescribed in Bell's palsy protocols, acupuncture has almost no side effects. Many patients report feeling more relaxed and less stressed. If you choose to take the medications prescribed by your doctor to treat your Bell's palsy symptoms, we can work with you to minimize the side effects.
Does it hurt? Your comfort is very important to us. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, so you may feel a slight prick at the needle site, but most people do not feel any discomfort during treatments.
How are your treatments different from other acupuncturists? Unlike other acupuncture treatments for Bell's palsy in NYC, I do not start with local needling. This means I will not needle your face. Instead, strategic points are selected on the arms and legs, and you'll be asked to move your facial muscles to see if there are any changes as you're receiving treatments. Yes, this means you will notice changes before you even leave the treatment room. I do not use protocols - there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, since each individual is unique. Additionally, I am a board-certifited diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the highest certification available in the United States, which means I am fully qualified in clean needle technique and herbal medicine in addition to the standard qualification requirements in New York state. You can read more about this certification here: http://www.nccaom.org/visitors/consumers/
Does insurance cover acupuncture treatments for Bell's palsy? If your insurance plan covers acupuncture, it will cover your treatments. Most health insurance plans in New York cover acupuncture - please contact us and we can check for you.