Thursday, February 11, 2016

Acupuncture and Facial Spasms

Hello Friends,

What I have learned:
I was reading in the Quintessence of Natural Living by Kiki Sidhwa about his participation some years back at the Third World Congress of Alternative Medicine in Sri Lanka.  Dr. Sidhwa was the only representative of Natural Hygiene at the conference.

Of all the therapeutic schools in attendance, none of the other practitioners were teaching patients that they can create health and prevent disease by changing their lifestyles.

Dr. Sidwha, though, said that the acupuncturists have an advantage because they do not use drugs and dangerous chemicals with side-effects.  He testified to witnessing undeniable results that were sometimes miraculous compared to orthodox medicine.

In cases of paralysis due to poliomyelitis, he saw cases where after 8-15 years of paralysis the patient was able to walk after continuous acupuncture treatment.  It seems that in long-standing Bell's palsy, hemiphegia (paralysis on one side of the body), poliomyelitis, etc. the anterior horn cells (or their equivalents) are not all dead or irreversibly damaged as is presumed, but are usually in a state of suspended animation or hibernation.  Acupuncture stimulates these dormant cells, and they become active again!

I have a long-standing condition of about three years of hemi-facial spasms similar to Bell's Palsy.  At times it has been nearly debilitating.  Acupuncture, I know is not straight Nature Cure, but after reading Keki Sidhwa's observations about the results he saw demonstrated, I decided to give it a go. I made an appointment with an excellent acupuncture doctor in Little Rock, Dr. Martin Eisele, to begin treatments on Friday.  The facial twitch interferes with my flute playing, so hopefully this will help.

The Practice:
My brother, Max, came to see me yesterday.  I am sorry I failed to get a picture of us together!  Max is making some changes in his life to adopt a healthier lifestyle!  Maybe we can share his success stories as he goes along.

I walked three miles!  Total for the day on the Fit Bit was a little over 4 miles.

I started off the day with a big glass of lemon water.  1 peeled lemon blended in 24 ounces of spring water.
Lunch: papaya, coconut, almond butter, grapefruit, avocado, goody ball, banana

Dinner:  I had dinner at a potluck meal.  I took some Nori wraps, steamed potatoes, rice crackers, and goody balls.  I sampled some of the vegan dishes there...some bok choy, raw jicama, and a tomato soup.

We sang a little song last night, a Weston Priory hymn.  The refrain says...All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.

I am using my vegetable peeler to make thin slices of butternut squash.

Tanny Raw Recipe for Guacomole Dip.
1 bunch of celery hearts
1/4 jalapeno pepper
1 peeled lime, pith and all
1 cup butternut squash
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 bunch of cilantro
Blend all together in the Vitamix or food processor.

Nori Wrap Rolls
On a Nori sheet layer some of the guacomole dip, three leaves of baby Artisan lettuce, a few butternut squash noodles, and 1/2 of a green onion cut lengthwise.  Damp one end, roll tightly and seal.  Cut into thirds with a sharp knife.

Learning and growing and opening up to new experiences and different people is a good thing.  It opens your range of vision so that you can see from a wider perspective.  Everything about your experience is determined by your perspective.

Negative energy is less powerful than positive energy.  Instead of fighting against the negative, it is better to focus on building up the positive.  In practical terms, I am focusing on eating 80% raw, intermittent fasting, walking three miles a day, and blogging.  I am not perfect, but I am getting better.  More important than being perfect is being consistent.

To health and happiness.


  1. This is truly an informative post regarding acupuncture and facial spasms. Really liked reading it. Was thinking to try acupuncture for my facial problems and this post is quite convincing. Thinkign to visit a local Mississauga acupuncture clinic for treatment.

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