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The first time Linda Messow walked into Dr Gao Shan"s office at the Ben Aknoun Hospital in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, for acupuncture therapy, she was afraid and nervous. "I felt it was a little painful in the beginning. Later, I was able to relax gradually because of Dr Gao's tender attention," she said. Messow struggled with idiopathic facial palsy for several months, and had tried physiotherapy. Her doctor suggested that she try traditional Chinese medicine, an idea that was not totally alien to her because her mother had been treated by acupuncturists years earlier. To Messow, TCM is