Bell’s Palsy causes sudden, temporary weakness in your facial muscles. Half of the face appears to droop, the person’s smile is one-sided, and the eye on the affected side resists closing and as a result constantly tears. Symptoms can include pain around jaw or behind the ear, headache, changes in your ability to taste, and the amount of tears and saliva you produce.
The onset is rapid and affects all ages. It is believed to be caused by swelling and inflammation of the nerve that controls the muscles on one side of your face. It can occur after a viral infection, such as herpes virus, chickenpox, or Lymes disease. Medical treatment would include corticosteroids or antiviral medication.
Acupuncture is a very effective alternative and supportive treatment for facial paralysis. It is important to get a diagnosis and seek acupuncture treatment in early onset to improve chances of full recovery. Studies have shown that acupuncture may provide up 60-70% improvement rates, even for those experiencing chronic Bell’s Palsy, and can reverse facial paralysis due to Bell’s Palsy. Treatment frequency of two to three times a week for the first few weeks would improve the chances of a speedier recovery. Needles and electric stimulation would be administered.
Acupuncture is known to promote effective functioning of the nervous system and prevent stress (which may exacerbate Bell’s Palsy). For thousands of years acupuncture has been used to assist in Bell’s Palsy recovery by addressing an underlying deficiency in qi (one’s inherent energy or life force). Through treatment, qi (pronounced “chee”) is invigorated as blood circulation is promoted to the face.
Now considered a mainstream option for several medical conditions, acupuncture is proving to be effective in treating and managing Bell’s Palsy. While it is best to get treatment immediately at first symptoms, beginning acupuncture at any stage of this condition will be beneficial. If you or someone you know has experienced this condition, call me to discuss a treatment! 845-565-1688