Bell’s Palsy is a sudden onset of unilateral facial paralysis.
The 7th brain nerve regulates one side of the facial muscles related to facial movement and expressions. Most Bell’s Palsy patients have experienced a disorder to their nervous system. Either side of the face may be affected, with attacks recurring in about 10% of cases.
In oriental medicine, Bell’s Palsy is called the “invading wind” which can occur both in the old, young and pregnant.
Signs and Symptoms
• One side of the face will suddenly become paralyzed, with it being difficult to completely shut one's eyes.
• Inability to smile, salivate, blink and form tears in the affected side of the face.
• Drooling or dribbling food frequently when eating.
• Complications may include corneal drying, ulceration and mild dysarthria.
• Pain in the back of the ear
• Decreased sensitivity of the tip of the tongue
• Sensitive hearing
• Disorder of the lachrymal gland
• Disorder of the salivary gland
• Over-exposure to the cold (too much air-conditioning or sleeping with the window open)
• Guillain-Barre Syndrome (problems with the immune system)
• An external wound, surgery, or another physical disorder
• Herpes simplex virus, syphilis or Lyme disease
• We recommend that patients consult with our office within the first two weeks of the first symptoms. In our many years of practice, we have seen that those who are treated by us within these crucial first two weeks recover quickly and see drastic improvements.
To better treat our patients affected by Bell’s Palsy, we ask that they bring any diagnostic test results, Lyme disease tests, herpes virus (HSV) results, or MRI’s.
• Most Bell’s Palsy patients are treated with an anti-viral drug (Such as Acyclovir) and topical ointment for the affected eye. However, despite these drugs, many patients still suffer from the disease. We suggest that Bell’s Palsy patients seek additional treatment immediately, because the longer they wait, the longer it takes to heal.
• Acupuncture: Needles are used to stimulate the nerve and clear blocked passages/meridians. Acupuncture not only enables blood circulation to the affected area, but it is also beneficial to the immune system which accelerates the healing process.
Of course, as with any other condition, it is vital to target and eliminate anything that stresses the immune system. Coupled with herbs, acupuncture will quickly rebuild the patients Qi.
• Herbs: Depending on each individual symptom, we prescribe a unique mix of herbs. Herbs help the rejuvenation process and simultaneously reduce side-effects and possible relapse.
• Most cases require 1 2 months of steady treatments with patients seeing visible results within the first few treatments. Bell’s Palsy reacts very well to acupuncture and our success is often seen early on.