*My name is Nicole B., I am 31 years old. On July 12, 2009 I woke up to the right side of my face feeling tingly, by noon it was paralyzed. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. The doctor told me it could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a year to heal. They gave me a prescription for Valtrex and a steroid.

I looked like I’d had a stroke. I had to sleep with a patch over my eye because it could not close on its own. After a week of no results and researching alternative cures, I decided to try acupuncture.

Dawn was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. By the time of my appointment, I had finished the medications the doctor had prescribed: not only had I not seen any improvement, but the area directly behind my ear began aching, and the right side of my face began to ache like it was completely bruised.

After discussing my situation with Dawn, she said she thought we could “knock it out” in about six sessions. The morning after my first appointment, I could blink my eye and move a portion of my mouth. My facial motion had come back by 50%, and the pain behind my ear lessened. After my second appointment, the following morning, I had 90% of my facial movement back, I could smile. The pain behind my ear was even less and my face did not ache as much. By my fifth appointment my face was 100% back to normal, the pain behind my ear was completely gone, and the facial pain was minimal. My total treatment time was about 3 weeks.

– Nicole B., Tarpon Springs, FL

*Individual results may vary.