“It feels like I have more strength in my mouth, less droopy”, a recent patient said as I removed 5 fine acupuncture needles from his cheeks. And it should. Acupuncture is sending a message to the facial massages to tighten up, it’s like doing mini sit ups in your cheeks. It makes them more toned and increases circulation. The procedure had taken about 30 minutes, after the initial intake time. I used acupuncture needles especially made for the face in various acupressure points on his face. I also complemented these needles with points on his arms, legs, and back of his head to eliminate wind.
What is Wind?
Chinese medicine, a 4,000 year old science, has used nature to explain balance and lack of balance in the body for it’s history. Although we can now loosely translate this terminology into western medical speech, it often resonates with the patient to explain a condition using Traditional Chinese Medical language. In the case of Bell’s palsy, exterior wind is usually the culprit for the symptoms. This is often an exposure to the elements that an otherwise healthy system would manage just fine. But in the case of Bell’s palsy, the system was already weakened and could not handle the exposure. The liver, in Chinese medicine, is responsible for handling wind exposure. In the case above, years of a stressful job weakened the body’s liver and it’s function of controlling the free flow of Qi and eliminating wind was compromised, it allowed the external wind to invade interally. This internal wind caused paralysis of the facial muscles.
How Do We Eliminate Wind?