Acupuncture For Bell’s Palsy

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Bell’s palsy is a prevalent condition in the U.S. It comes without warning and it was found that approximately 40,000 individuals [1] are diagnosed with Bell’s palsy in the United States each year.

Celebrities who had bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy can happen to anyone and at any age. It even happened to a celebrity that you may know. In 2016, Angelina Jolie was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy and was very open to the public on how she battled the condition. However, she’s not alone in this condition. Other celebrities like George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa), and Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek) have experienced Bell’s palsy either from a young age or sometime during their acting career.

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What’s bell’s palsy?

Bell’s palsy, otherwise known as idiopathic facial paralysis (IFP), is a form of facial paralysis that can result from nerve damage, and symptoms can range from slight weakness to complete facial paralysis. Those with the condition experience one side of their face drooping or being stiff. Also, they may find it difficult to do normal functions on the side that is affected.

 

How is bell’s palsy treated?

Typically, Bell’s palsy might take several weeks or months until you can start moving your face again. Some treatments can help in one’s recovery. In some cases, your doctor will recommend you take some medication (corticosteroid drugs, antibacterial medication, over-the-counter pain medications, eye drops, etc.). You can even do some home treatments like facial massages and an eye patch to help with dry eye.

But, there is a treatment that has been getting popular in helping to treat Bell’s palsy. Your doctor might recommend acupuncture for Bell’s palsy.

 

What is acupuncture for bell’s palsy?

Acupuncture for facial paralysis is a Chinese practice that has been practiced for many years. It is believed that an imbalance in the body’s life energy called Qi causes issues to the body. Most of Bell’s palsy patients are under stress and in a state of exhaustion. At that moment, they get this condition. Exhaustion will cause Qi deficiency and stress will cause Qi stagnation. Qi deficiency and Qi stagnation of facial area eventually lead to facial paralysis. Through acupuncture treatments, an acupuncturist can stimulate the appropriate acupoints to restore sufficient, continuous, and even flow of Qi. With acupuncture treatment, it’ll help heal the body.

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Does acupuncture work for bell’s palsy

Yes, acupuncture for Bell’s palsy is an effective treatment. Acupuncture is accepted by many health professionals to be a reasonable complementary treatment for various conditions. In a study done by The National Center for Biotechnology Information [2], it found that acupuncture had better therapeutic effects on the social and physical aspects of sequelae of Bell’s palsy. When Angelina Jolie was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, she credited acupuncture for her full recovery.

Looking for acupuncture for bell’s palsy reviews to be more sure? here is one by a patient who recovered from it:

“One day in June my ear got infected. The pain was so bad that I couldn’t sleep. Visiting urgent care helped a little bit, but I still had difficulty falling asleep. About a week later, I suddenly couldn’t shut my left eye and the creases on my left forehead disappeared. When I tried to smile, the left half of my facial muscles had no strength and my mouth was skewed to the right. I didn’t know what was going on.  A friend recommended Dr. Fu.

During consultation, he thoroughly explained Bell’s palsy and the treatment plan. After a month of intensive treatment, the recovery has gone well. I can now close my eye. And while my facial muscles are still somewhat weak, you can’t tell from the outside. You can say that western medicine focuses on preventing symptoms from deteriorating with different drugs. It takes a long time to recover and oftentimes there would be permanent side-effects. Acupuncture was effective in a short amount of time for Bell’s palsy. The recovery was exceptional. I would recommend Bell’s palsy patients to utilize acupuncture. …read more”*

C. P. (Mission Viejo, CA)

How many acupuncture sessions for bell’s palsy?

Your acupuncturist will determine the number of sessions you’ll need to attend. There are various factors that can influence the number of sessions but you’ll have to go to a few to receive the full healing effect of acupuncture. However, most patients recover around 6-10 sessions and this can be finished faster depending on the frequency you come in.

 

Is acupuncture safe for bell’s palsy?

Not only is acupuncture for Bell’s palsy effective, but it is also safe. Some might be afraid of the acupuncture needles but you’ll be surprised at how thin they are. They are as thin as dental floss and your acupuncturist will barely insert the needles pass a small layer of skin. The only thing you’ll worry about are sorenesses, bruises, or minor bleedings where the needles were inserted. Don’t worry, you’re in safe hands.

 

How does a typical acupuncture treatment for Bell’s Palsy go?

Once you get to your appointment, you will meet one of our certified acupuncturists. You’ll then do a medical check-up and be ask some questions on your condition. If it is your first acupuncture, you’ll be asked to fill out some forms. After the questions and forms are answered, your acupuncturist will determine your treatment. If it is acupuncture, you’ll lie down and your acupuncturist will start inserting the acupuncture needles into your body. The needles will be inserted for about 30 minutes where you’ll feel quite relax that you may even fall asleep. Afterward, your acupuncturist will take the needles out and you’ll schedule your next session. After your series of sessions, you’ll feel the full healing effect of the session.

Interested in acupuncture for Bell’s palsy? Come schedule your free consultation and see what our acupuncturists have to say. Call now: (949) 229-7498

What causes Bell’s Palsy symptoms?

The root cause of Bell’s Palsy is still uncertain but doctors believe that Bell’s Palsy is caused by damage to the facial nerve from swelling or inflammation. Some believe this is caused by a viral virus and other causes. Here are some virus believed to cause Bell’s Palsy:

  • Herpes simplex
  • HIV
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Herpes zoster virus
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Lyme disease

Some other causes are:

  • Impaired immunity from stress
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Physical trauma
  • Minor illness
  • Autoimmune syndromes

 

Who are at risk for bell’s palsy?

Bell’s Palsy can affect anyone regardless of age or gender. However, it seems that the condition is more common in those who are from the age of 15 to 60. You are also more likely to experience Bell’s Palsy if you are part of one of these groups:

  • Pregnant
  • Diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Obesity
  • Have a lung infection
  • Have a family history of the condition

 

What are Bell’s palsy symptoms?

Bell’s palsy is commonly seen in those who have a droopy appearance on one side of the face and unable to open and close their eye on the side that is affected. In some rare cases, Bell’s palsy can affect both sides of someone’s face.

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Other symptoms of Bell’s palsy also include:

  • drooling
  • difficulty eating and drinking
  • an inability to make facial expressions
  • facial weakness
  • muscle twitches in the face
  • Dry eye
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Irritation of the eye on the affected side

Still interested in “acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy near me”? Get your acupuncture for bells palsy now. Come meet Dr. Fu and Dr. Zhong, professionally licensed acupuncturists in Irvine, and see how they can help you. Book your appointment by calling: (949) 229-7498

Reference

[1] “Bell’s Palsy Fact Sheet.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 2018, www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Bells-Palsy-Fact-Sheet.

[2] Kwon, Hyo-Jung et al. “Acupuncture for the sequelae of Bell’s palsy: a randomized controlled trial.” Trials vol. 16 246. 3 Jun. 2015, doi:10.1186/s13063-015-0777-z