The main symptom of Bell's palsy is weakness or paralysis of the
muscles on one side of
the face. The affected side of the face looks flat and expressionless or
droopy. Sometimes you may have a cold shortly before the symptoms of
Bell's palsy begin.
Symptoms most often start suddenly, but may take 2 - 3 days to show up.
They do not become more severe after that. Symptoms are almost always on
one side only. They may range from mild to severe. The face will feel
stiff or pulled to one side, and may look different.
Other symptoms can include;
Difficulty eating and
drinking; food falls out of one side of the mouth
Drooping of the face, such as
the eyelid or corner of the mouth
Problems smiling, grimacing,
or making facial expressions
Twitching or weakness of the
muscles in the face
A dry eye on the affected
side because you are not able to blink.
Tearing in the affected eye
and hard to close one eye.
Increased sensitivity to
A decreased ability to taste,
especially at the tip of your tongue.
Acupuncture for Bell's Palsy
In conventional Asian medicine, Bell's palsy is known as Zhong Feng which
translates as 'Wind Attack'. This condition was thought to be associated
with an invasion of 'wind' that causes an imbalance in the 'Qi', which is
the essential substance of the body, and stagnation of blood. The
principle of acupuncture treatment is to expel this wind and enhance the
movement of Qi and blood circulation.
Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture (electrical stimulation with
acupuncture) are often very successful in relieving the facial paralysis
especially when treatment is begun within the first two weeks of
diagnosis. This form of treatment uses natural pressure points on the body
and is believed to relieve pain by limiting swelling and inflammation. The
acupuncturist inserts small, thin needles into the skin in a number of
main pulse points throughout the face and body. Some of the key point
insertions will be in the stomach, liver, gall bladder, spleen, large
intestine, forehead and hands. There is no harmful side effect to this
After the Acupuncture Bell's palsy
After the needles have been removed, moxa(a form of therapy used to
increase circulation) is used to remove wind and activate the local blood
circulation. This procedure is usually followed for three times per week
depending upon the severity of the cases. It is necessary to follow the
recommended dietary and stress reduction advices given after the
initiation of acupuncture treatment. The patient should drink more water
and avoid alcohol and sugary items.
Patients with Bell's palsy who receive treatment within the first two
weeks will experience restored circulation, increased muscle function and
reduced numbness as early as after six to eight visits. Some studies
suggest that Bell's palsy patients respond better to acupuncture treatment
when it is combined with herbal therapy. Therefore, Chinese herbal
medicines can be taken during the course of the treatment. These herbs are
believed to have three basic functions; to kill the harmful virus,
strengthen the body and promote a balanced internal system. These herbal
medicines usually have low risk of side effects.
If you have any symptoms of bell's palsy, Please
Contact Usas soon as possible. Because The earlier treatment the better
result. We can help you determine the best course of acupuncture