11 tips for Bell's Palsy Prevention

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.

In China, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to assist in Bell’s Palsy recovery, and the initial treatment goal according to TCM would be to expel Wind and resolve Damp, as well as to invigorate qi and promote blood circulation to the face. 

Here's 11 Bell's Palsy Prevention Tips: 
  1. Wear a Scarf or Muffler.
  2. Maintain a strong immune system.
  3. Don't sleep with a fan blowing on you.
  4. Avoid sitting near an air conditioning vent. 
  5. Consume adequate protein and vegetables. 
  6. Avoid sitting or sleeping in cold drafty areas.
  7. Get up and move every 2 hours to stimulate your Qi.
  8. Never ride on a motorcycle without protecting your neck.
  9. Daily exercise -a combination of muscle & aerobic is best.
  10. Cover up Immediately when you get out of a hot tub, swimming pool or shower. 
  11. Release stagnant emotion through journal writing, talking to a friend or a counselor.


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