Treating Bell's Palsy with Acupuncture

What is Bell’s Palsy / Facioplegia / Facial Paralysis / Pain Paralysis?

Bell’s Palsy is characterized by a sudden onset of unilateral facial muscle paralysis, muscle weakness and a distorted facial expression. This occurs as a result of trauma, compression experience and the inability to close the eye. This key symptom is the easiest way to diagnose which side of the body is affected. It is more accurate to diagnose the sick side by looking at the eye, rather than looking at distortions of the mouth.

To prevent permanent damage or blindness, it is imperative to address eye issues first. If the correct acupuncture points have been chosen, the patient will show a marked improvement in their ability to close the eye. With Dr Tan’s acupuncture balance method, the eyelid should close at least halfway by the end of the treatment.

What is the best treatment for Bell’s Palsy?

“Acupuncture 1, 2, 3” is one of the best acupuncture methods to get Bell’s palsy sufferers to recover fast. Patients will see the improvement in the first treatment. The eye may be able to close properly within 5 acupuncture session normally, and then the mouth can drink and eat properly within 15 treatments. Every case is different; it may take more than 15 acupuncture treatments or less to get completely better.

What other treatment for eye problems from facial nerve disorder?

Patients with facial nerve paralysis have difficulty keeping their eye closed because the muscles which close the eye cannot work. Serious complications can occur if the cornea of the eye becomes too dry.

Treatment for Bell’s Palsy consists of:

  1. Protective glasses which can prevent dust from entering the eye;
  2. Manual closure of the eye with a finger to keep it moist — patients should use the back of their finger rather than the tip to insure that the eye is not injured;
  3. Artificial tears or ointments to help keep the eye lubricated;
  4. Taping or patching the eye closed with paper tape while asleep; and
  5. In cases in which recovery is incomplete, a temporary or permanent narrowing of the eye opening (Tarsorrhaphy) may be necessary.

Centre of Balance Treatment of Bell’s Palsy

Practitioners at Centre of Balance have experience in treating Bell’s Palsy.  We are not allowed to put testimonials on our website due to advertising regulations, but one of our recent patients has put her own story of her treatment onto our facebook page.  If you would like to read her story and see her remarkable before and after photos, just go to our facebook page and check out the visitor posts.

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