If you are suffering from Bell’s Palsy – Acupuncture could help.
Bell’s palsy is a rare condition, most common in people aged 15-60. Most people notice an improvement in their symptoms after about two to three weeks but a complete recovery can take up to nine months. The recovery time varies from person to person and will depend on the amount of nerve damage. 13-16% of sufferers are left with facial weakness, possible facial dysfunction and disfigurement and difficulty speaking, eating and drinking. Conventional medical treatment typically includes use of corticosteroids, antiviral medication and eye protection. Bell’s palsy may reoccur in up to 14% of people, especially if there is a family history of the condition.
Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy
Recent studies suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as as corticosteroids and may improve recovery in Bell’s Palsy, whether used alone or alongside conventional medical therapy. It is believed that acupuncture may help Bell’s Palsy by reducing inflammation, enhancing local inflammation and stimulating facial nerves and muscles.
To find out more about how acupuncture can help sufferers of Bell’s Palsy, when and how often you should come for treatment and what happens during your treatment, see my video – Acupuncture for Bells Palsy – Your questions answered
Acupuncture may also be used to help treat facial paralysis or weakness following stroke.
Treating Bell’s Palsy
Judy Bowen-Jones Lic Ac BSc Hons Ac MBAcC
World Health Organization 2002. Acupuncture: Review and Analysis on Controlled Clinical Trials – http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf