The condition referred to as Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis that is, in most cases temporary. According to studies conducted by Health Harvard, Bell’s affects 1 in 5,000 people in the United States alone each year. The condition affects one side of an individual’s face; where the side affected becomes weakened or completely paralyzed.
It is classified as a neurological disorder that causes temporary and sometimes in rare cases permanent nerve damage, as the condition disrupts the communication channels between the brain and the facial nerves. In some cases, Bell’s develops over-night, while sometimes it takes 24 to 48 hours to fully set in.
Numerous studies conducted on Bell’s palsy including one conducted by Medscape lists some of the symptoms of Bell’s to include one-sided facial drooping, drooling, wet eyes, sensitivity to sounds and bright light, continuous headaches, as well as impaired speech.
Here is a list of nine Bell’s palsy symptoms and their reduction.
One of the treatments that can help alleviate Bell’s symptoms a little quicker is acupuncture. This ancient traditional Chinese healing method is used to treat numerous conditions including sleeping disorders, muscle pains and nerve damage through stimulation. According to Chinese traditions, Bell’s palsy is coined as an “external wind-cold” that is blowing and disrupting the channels in the face. The Chinese believe that Bell’s is caused by the disruption of a person’s energy, which is traditionally called the Qi.
Acupuncture is used to eradicate the external wind-cold by placing pins on the affected individuals face in order to restore blood circulation. It is recommended that acupuncture treatments be conducted up to twice a week. The pins not only help with restoring blood circulation, but they also enhance lost nerve function. According to traditional Chinese medicine standards, it is crucial that a person dealing with Bell’s eliminate stress by taking some time off to recover and eliminate any stress caused by busy routines.