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Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Cedars Sinai

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Facial Paralysis Restoration

Why Treating Facial Paralysis is 97.5% Successful With Acupuncture and East-West Medicine

Facial paralysis can happen quickly and can be psychologically daunting with difficulty closing eyelids at night, inability to retain food and fluids, and inability to speak clearly.  Naturally this can affect one’s personal and professional life in a big way.  Major causes of facial paralysis are as follows:

  • Bells Palsy
  • Surgery or Medical Procedures
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
  • Viruses
  • Infection
  • Lyme Disease
  • Problems at birth

Whatever the cause, Dr. Barrett has successfully treated numerous cases of facial paralysis with the functional approach of East-West Medicine with a 99% success rate. Most cases are corrected in a matter of weeks, however some can take more.  The sooner you recieve treatment, the more successful the results will be.

Dr. Barrett’s uses a most comprehensive form of treatment by applying the functional approach of East-West Medicine including Blood Tests, Images, Acupuncture, Electro-acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbs, Traditional Diet and Nutrition using food as medicine, Traditional Physical Therapy called Tuina, and Therapeutic Exercises to:

  1. Reinvigorate Motor Nerve Functions
  2. Eliminate any Swelling and Inflammation that may Inhibit Nerve Function and Muscle Tone
  3. Promote Circulation, Lymphatic Drainage to totally Eliminate Swelling and Inflammation, and
  4. Permanently Restore Full Motor Nerve Functions and Muscle Tone

The Comprehensive Functional Approach of East-West Medicine and its wisdom of 2000 years of written clinical evidence will optimize each process by addressing underlying core functions such as diet, digestion, stress, and more.  For example, current lifestyle and workstyle habits may lead to poor digestion, causing fatigue and undernourishment which can all lead to poor circulation, poor lymphatic drainage and inflammation that most times is at the root of facial paralysis and can impede the healing process.  Each patient is different.  See more information below under Dr. Barrett’s Comprehensive Approach.

With 2000 years of wisdom applied with Acupuncture and East-West Medicine, treatments are natural, safe, effective, and self-sustaining.  With Dr. Barrett’s 99% success rate why wait?  Call for your appointment.

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Patient Testimonials For Facial Paralysis Restoration

Lauren:  “John is my second acupuncturist. After a horse-riding accident which left my face drooping, partially paralyzed and fractured in nine places, I had to be rushed for immediate reconstructive surgery. After a miraculous surgery, I still suffered from paralysis, numbness and lack of muscle tone on the left side of my face. Luckily my surgeon Dr. Brian Kinney, shares office space with John and referred me for acupuncture and herbal treatments. John carefully took the time to review the complexity of my surgery with Dr. Kinney as to completely understand the physical problems from a neuromuscular standpoint. He then quickly combined this with his amazing knowledge of the energetics of Traditional Oriental Medicine. He had me taking Chinese herbal formulas orally and applying them topically to minimize scar tissue and promote circulation. He also applied acupuncture directly to my face and other parts of my body. As John explained, he was not just healing my face, but enhancing wellness of my body, mind and spirit to promote the best healing process. It worked!!!! Through John’s skillful care, I was able to avoid two further surgeries and completely restore feeling and muscle tone to my face. Most people are amazed as you cannot tell anything ever happened. I feel I have experienced a miracle in the healing process subsequent to such a traumatic injury. I highly recommend John as anyone’s healthcare provider.”

Tara C:  “Dr. Barrett is kind and compassionate. Suffering from Bell’s Palsy and facial paralysis, I was referred to Dr. Barrett. He assured me I should not worry as he had treated several similar cases, all with success. His confidence and compassion were reassuring in the interim period throughout my treatments. Since I frequently speak in public, I was acutely conscious about my appearance and my ability to speak clearly. Due to Dr. Barrett’s knowledge and effective treatments, I was able to eat, drink fluids and speak clearly. Most signs of any paralysis significantly disappeared and my life has returned to normal. I highly recommend Dr. Barrett, without reservations, to anyone needing a caring and skilled doctor.”


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Clinical Trials For Facial Paralysis Restoration

Functional MRI Imaging Scientifically Proves Acupuncture Stimulates Sensor Motor Cortex for Facial Paralysis Restoration

References: Yang J, Li CF, Zhang QP, Yuan AH, Xu CS, Zhu YF, Li LY, Zhao B. Preliminary Analysis of Brain Function Imaging in Patients with Bell’s Palsy Treated with Acupuncture at Hegu (LI4) [J]. Journal of Changchun University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2012,28(04):608-610.
Cai YW, Pei J, Fu LH. Mechanism Research Progress of “Point LI 4 Treating Diseases in the Face and Mouth” Based on Functional Magenetic Resonance Imaging [J]. Global Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2017,10(11):1412-1416.
Borich MR, Brodie SM, Gray WA, Ionta S, Boyd LA. “Understanding the role of the primary somatosensory cortex: Opportunities for rehabilitation.” Neuropsychologia. 2015;79(Pt B):246-255.
Grefkes C, Fink G R.Reorganization of cerebral networks after stroke :new insights from neuroimaging with connectivity approaches[ J] .Brain , 2011, 134(5):1264-1276.
Klingner C M, Volk G F, Maertin A, et al. Cortical reorganization in Bell’ s palsy [J]. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2011 , 29(3):203-214.

Acupuncture Plus Medication Show 97.5% Recovery Rate in 3 Weeks for Bell’s Palsy vs. 80.43% for Medication Alone.

References:  Wu CG, Jia RL, Li DH, Liu JY. Acupuncture combined with electroacupuncture in the treatment of acute peripheral facial paralysis for 50 cases [J]. Guangming Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2017, 32(2): 240-241.
Ju QB, Wang PQ. Clinical observation of eye acupuncture combined with Leihuo moxibustion in treating acute peripheral facial palsy [J]. Liaoning Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2017, 44(5): 1067-1069.

Acupuncture 93.1% Effective Reversing Facial Paralysis in Stroke Patients.
References: Ding JH, Chen YX, Lin ZL. Efficacy observation of head acupuncture in treating facial palsy after stroke [J]. Chinese and Foreign Medical Research, 2017, 15(9): 135-136.
National 4th Academic Conference for Neurological Disease. Diagnostic criteria for various neurological diseases [J]. Chinese Journal of Neurology, 1996, 29(6): 379.
Research advances in treatment of cerebral ischemic injury by acupuncture of conception and governor vessels to promote nerve regeneration. Zhou-xin Yang, Peng-dian Chen, Hai-bo Yu, Wen-shu Luo, Yong-Gang Wu, Min Pi, Jun-hua Peng, Yong-feng Liu, Shao-yun Zhang, Yan-hua Gou. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, Jan. 2012. vol. 10, 1. Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine.
Xie, Guanli, Shanli Yang, Azhen Chen, Lan Lan, Zhicheng Lin, Yanlin Gao, Jia Huang et al. “Electroacupuncture at Quchi and Zusanli treats cerebral ischemia‑reperfusion injury through activation of ERK signaling.” Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 5, no. 6 (2013): 1593-1597.

Acupuncture Plus Infrared Heat Show 91.67% Effective Rate Restoring Facial Paralysis in 14 Days vs. 60.42% of Medications and Vitamins.

Medications and Vitamins included a commonly used corticosteroid , Brain Glycoside Injection Fluid, Acyclovir (Only with Viral Presence), Vitamin B12 and B1.

References:  Wang, X., Jin, T. & Ma, S. L. (2014). Red glow with acupuncture and medication curative effect observation of 96 cases of facial paralysis. Laser Journal. 35 (2).
Cai, NS, Yu, HB & Ma, XM. (2015). Clinical observation on acupuncture therapy combined with TCM nursing intervention for patients with liver stagnation type of facial paralysis. Chinese Nursing Research. 29 (8B).
Shi, F. & Zhang, B. S. (2004). Facial Neuritis Patients Psychological Assessment: 60 Cases. Chinese General Practice. 7(15): 1061-1062.
Lin N, Lin XM, Fu L, Yan GF & Li SJ. (2014). Curative Effect of Acupuncture and Moxibustion on Facial Paralysis at Acute Period and Follow-up of Two Years. Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 30(11).
Li J, Liang FR, Yu SG et al. (2005). A large and random sampling method for acupuncture-moxibustion in the treatment of Bell’s palsy. Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation. 9(33): 97-99.
Yahho TC, Jankovic J. (2011). The mang faces of hemifacial spasm: Differential diagnosis of unilateral facial spasm [J]. Mov Disord. 26(9): 1582-1592.

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Dr. Barrett's Comprehensive Functional Approach

Being a Primary Care Physician with over 20 years clinical experience, having trained in China and the U.S., and over 15 years on staff at Cedars Sinai, Dr. Barrett specializes in complex medical conditions.  With his Comprehensive Functional Approach to East-West Medicine that is supported by over 2,000 years of empirical, clinical evidence in writing and the advantages of modern scientific research, he is prepared to provide you with state-of-the-art treatments that are safe, natural, and self-sustaining.  Dr. Barrett will dedicate as much time as necessary to review with you, face to face, your complete medical history, all current medical concerns, a comprehensive treatment plan in terms of both Eastern and Western Medicine, and a self-sustainable Wellness Track™.

Dr Barrett’s Comprehensive Functional Approach to East-West Medicine treats your condition and the factors that caused your condition.  One advantage to Dr. Barrett’s approach is his skill developed in Traditional Diagnostic Methods based on Observation, Inquiry, and Palpation that many times can provide more clinical data than weeks of lab testing.  This allows same day diagnosis and treatments that can at times provide cures before lab data can be obtained.  Dr. Barrett offers comprehensive Acupuncture treatments with a functional medical approach for increased effectiveness. Dr. Barrett may offer you a custom herbal formula based on the wisdom and 2,000 years of written clinical evidence of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Dr. Barrett will discuss Diet & Nutrition and how to use food as medicine.  Based on his recently published book, Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle, he will mentor you on managing the demands of your career, family life, lifestyle, workstyle, and how to maintain a positive attitude.  If necessary, he will discuss the benefits of genome medicine and Western forms of functional medicine.

Dr. Barrett performs annual physicals, orders blood tests, lab tests, DNA profiles, ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs.  With his office in the Century City Medical Plaza and being on staff at Cedars Sinai, his referral network includes some of the best physicians in Los Angeles.  Dr. Barrett understands western pharmaceuticals and their compatibility with herbal medicines. He can explain the nature of your disease through the eyes of both Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine. Whether you suffer from a serious disease, pain, or are simply trying to become pregnant, he can help. Seeing Dr. John Barrett means state of the art treatments and a most comprehensive functional approach to East-West Medicine.

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Your Sustainable Wellness Track™

Even the best and the brightest can use guidance in achieving and maintaining new levels of wellness.  After treating your high priority health issues, Dr. Barrett recommends staying well with a personalized Wellness Track™ to address other health conditions.  This could mean improving digestion, sleep, relaxation, skin, vision, weight-loss, etc.

A Wellness Track™ carves out time for self-nourishment and time management to address your health and wellness.  A Wellness Track™ with Dr. Barrett will tap into the wisdom of his 35 years of global corporate and medical experience for mentoring. coaching, and motivating for lifestyle and work-style improvements.  Given Dr. Barrett’s unique background, you can be sure his words of advice are from real life experiences and not a training manual or theoretical concepts.

A Wellness Track™ means a better quality life with longevity.  A Wellness Track can be as simple as one office visit a month for a health check, wellness goal setting, bench marking achievements, self-care instructions to achieve goals, and an optional wellness treatment or wellness herb formula.  A Wellness Track™ means staying on top of your game and achieving the most in life.

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Have a Specific Question About Facial Paralysis Restoration?

Dr. Barrett specializes in difficult cases.  If you have any questions regarding your specific condition, use the links below to take advantage of Dr. Barrett’s FREE telephone consultation.  He will be happy to answer any questions and help guide you to the best care possible.

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