Treated Conditions / Neurological / Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s palsy or idiopathic facial paralysis is an acute facial paralysis that results in muscle weakness on one side of the face, usually noticed around the mouth and eyes. Bell’s Palsy is caused by inflammation of the facial nerve (7th cranial nerve), resulting in the inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. The paralysis results in distortion of the face and interferes with normal functions such as eating, smiling and closing the eyes, along with a sagging eyebrow and difficulty closing the eye.

 

Taste and speech may also be affected. This occurs when the tongue is involved. In my experience, many people afflicted with long-term peripheral facial paralysis do not show improvement after taking western drugs.

From traditional Chinese medical perspective this condition is due to pathogenic wind-cold attacking the Shaoyang (Liver, Gall Bladder) and Yangming (Stomach, Large Intestine) channels as well as the tendons and muscles. This can occur when a patient is exposed to wind and is more common in the spring and autumn months.

Acupuncture is often successful in relieving the pain and facial paralysis that come with the condition, especially when treatment is begun within the first two weeks of diagnosis. Bell’s Palsy patients who receive treatment within the first 10 to 14 days may experience restored circulation, increased muscle function and reduced numbness after only six to eight visits.

Traditional medicine and acupuncture herbal medicine can significantly improve results and help to resolve the condition. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture thus helps to correct imbalances in the facial energy and circulation. Laser therapy has been shown to scientifically improve Bell’s palsy with the combined use of intramuscular stimulation (acupuncture with the use of mild electrical stimulation), and cupping. It is advisable to have injection of homeopathy (Guna or Heel.Biopuncture) vitamin B12 injections when having treatment. This helps the nerve growth.

There are several other possible symptoms:
The symptoms of Bell’s palsy are likely to come on very quickly, often in a matter of hours or overnight, and there may be some sudden pain around the ear. Symptoms can also start more gradually. The main symptom is likely to be paralysis or weakness on one side of the face, along with a sagging eyebrow and difficulty closing the eye. There are several other possible symptoms:

  • Blinking when attempting to smile
  • Involuntary movement of the corners of the mouth when closing the eyes
  • Twitching
  • Facial spasms
  • The formation of false “crocodile” tears at the same time as saliva.

Laser therapy has been shown to scientifically improve Bell’s palsy with the combined use of intramuscular stimulation (acupuncture with the use of mild electrical stimulation).

Usually a good result is achieved at 15 to 20 treatments.

 

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