Acupuncture for Bell's Palsy Prevention and Treatment

Affecting about 10,000 people in Canada every year, Bell’s Palsy is a neurological disorder that manifests as a paralysis of the face. This condition is often a shock, as it comes on overnight.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the diagnosis for Bell’s Palsy is termed “External Wind-Cold attacking the channels of the face”. According to TCM principles, one of the main implications of this condition is an underlying qi (a person’s inherent energy) deficiency.

Consistent acupuncture treatments (usually recommended once or twice per week), can help soothe a patient, expedite the paralysis from dissipating, and enhance nerve function.  Bell's Palsy Case by Jarry Liu 
Usually the best treatment time for Bell's Palsy or facial Paralysis is within 1 to 3 weeks when this condition happens, don't delay the best treatment time.

Patients with Bell’s Palsy can have several weeks of recovery time in which they may choose to stay at home and take some time off from their normally rigorous daily routines.

Here's are some of the Bell's Palsy Prevention Tips: 
  • Wear a Scarf or Muffler in cold and windy weather;
  • Maintain a strong immune system;
  • Don't sleep with a fan blowing on you;
  • Avoid sitting near an air conditioning vent. 
  • Consume adequate protein and vegetables. 
  • Avoid sitting or sleeping in cold drafty areas.
  • Daily exercise -a combination of muscle & aerobic is best.
  • Cover up Immediately when you get out of a hot tub, swimming pool or shower. 
  • Release stagnant emotion through journal writing, talking to a friend or a counselor.
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