Rainey Schmidt, M.S.
Since seeking acupuncture treatment with Lei Shaw for hypertension and
the residual facial paralysis of Bell's palsy, I have experienced significant
I was diagnosed
with hypertension in 1999. When I first visited Lei Shaw, my resting heart
rate was 100-110, and had been that way for months. Blood pressure averaged
at 135/90 and was being treated with 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide. After
4-6 weekly acupuncture and herbal treatments, my resting heart rate dropped
to 75-85, and blood pressure stabilized at 125/70. This has greatly improved
my energy level and the quality of sleep I experience. Prior to these
treatments my sleep was restless and I often awoke feeling achy and unrested.
Now I sleep deeply and dream more vividly, awaking rested and relaxed.
Bell's palsy in 1987 and experienced significant paralysis on the left
side of my face. At that time I was treated with cortisone and with electrical
stimulation in physical therapy on a weekly basis for about eight weeks.
Over the next two years, about 80% of facial mobility returned, but my
smile was noticeably crooked due to the residual paralysis. When I began
seeing Lei Shaw, I mentioned this but really did not expect that anything
significant could be done to improve the mobility or muscle tone in the
affected area. I was very surprised and excited when she suggested using
a combination of acupuncture and electrical stimulation. This treatment
began to make a noticeable difference in the area of the residual paralysis.
After 8-10 weekly treatments, I am able to feel and see a significant
improvement. My smile is nearly normal. Mobility has gone from 80% to
95%. And the self-consciousness I had been experiencing about how I looked
has also changed significantly as my face looks more balanced and normal.
I feel much more confident and comfortable.
I am very
grateful to Lei Shaw for her skill and professionalism in treating these
conditions. The quality of my life has greatly improved since I've been
working with her.