Shanghai hospitals have reported a rise in facial paralysis cases caused by fatigue and cold wind and doctors say autumn is the peak season for the disease.
Old people, new mothers, children with weak immunity, and those exposed to cold wind after drinking are most likely to suffer facial paralysis, according to the doctors.
Dr Yu Xihong, director of the acupuncture department of the Xupu Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, says she now receives about ten such patients every week, compared with one or two per week in other seasons.
Facial paralysis can affect people at any age. Majority of them are male between 20 and 50. The symptom is triggered by fatigue and cold wind. Patients usually complain about sudden paralysis in one side of the face.
Doctors remind people to go to the hospital immediately after they are hit by facial paralysis. Acupuncture and massage are effective remedies.