Despite my misgivings, I think the Oriental doctor performed a valuable service. I don't know the theories behind Oriental medicine, but most of the treatment seemed focused on stimulating the unresponsive muscles and, well, the whole right side of my face.
I am reminded that in university, perhaps in Vertebrate zoology, the professor told us that even though there were no good cures for damage to the spine, sometimes making an incision near the spine causes healing to the spine. It is as if the body, while healing the cut, healing elements are focused on the area and work on nearby problems as well.
I told him, among other things, that talking in class gave me a literal pain in the neck. He poked around and found a tender spot.
Part of the treatment requires that I massage the right side of my face, pushing upward with strength, 100 times and doing that ten to twenty times a day.
Then, it was time for needles and suction cups.
I should look in the mirror and see if I have a hickey now.
Here, electricity is pulsed through the needles, jerking my cheek and face muscles around.
There was also a needle in the web of my left hand - I don't know why.
The doctor told me to avoid cold water -for bathing, not necessarily for drinking. I am not sure why and I am unlikely to follow this restriction.