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Bell’s Palsy Treatment Through A Combination Of TCM Modalities

From the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine, facial paralysis is attributed to pathogenic wind, sometimes referred to as ‘deviated mouth’. Chi pertains to the vital substances that make up the human body and the physiological performance of collaterals, channels, bowels and viscera. Chi mirrors the resilience of the human body and sustains and maintains life activities. A deficiency of chi can result in the infiltration in the body of external pathogenic wind. Acupuncture is a very important branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back thousands of years. It entails the insertion of fine solid needles into specific acupoints on the skin or utilizing several other methods to the acupuncture points to bring about healing. Acupuncture application and Chinese nutritional therapy for Bell’s palsy disorder tend to have quite a number of beneficial effects.

Western Viewpoint

Bell’s palsy is a disorder affecting the facial nerve, leading to muscle dysfunction, on one side of the face. The CN VII or 7th cranial nerve is the nerve that controls facial expression and is one of the 12 cranial nerves. On each side of the face, there is a corresponding facial nerve and this nerve is believed to be the one that controls the expression of the face; when its function is disturbed, it leads to the impairment of a person’s facial expression.

There are several different conditions that can potentially injure the facial nerve. They include tumors, neurologic diseases, toxins, and trauma, toxins. Real Bell’s palsy, however, is a paralysis of the facial nerve whose exact cause is unknown. It usually affects one side of the face and sometimes appears overnight and in a dramatic manner. Diagnosing Bell’s palsy is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that a diagnosis is made when all the other possible causes of nerve injury have been ruled out. Most researchers think that Bell’s palsy emanates from some form of viral infection.

The level to which facial muscle control differs among affected patients. Symptoms are an abnormal facial expression and muscle paralysis on the affected side of the face and forehead resulting in a contorted or asymmetric appearance to the face including the forehead muscles. It may be difficult to close the affected eye and the face may seem to droop. The affected person may find it difficult to drink or eat without spilling food out of the side of his mouth. Related pain or numbness may be felt in the tongue, neck, face, or ear. Some people affected experience hyperacusis or a heightened sense of hearing. Changes in taste perception, drooling, dryness of the eyes or mouth, and twitching of the face may accompany the paralysis.

Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Bell’s Palsy

Foods fit to eat

A high-lysine/low-arginine meal may shorten the duration of Bell’s palsy and help retard the growth of the herpes simplex virus. High-lysine/low-arginine foods include chicken, fish, and dairy products.

Foods unfit to eat
If you suffer from Bell’s palsy, here are a few foods to stay away from:

Hot pepper or plain pepper
Green onion
Cinnamon
Menthe haplocalyx

Biofeedback can resolve involuntary muscle movements that may develop after partial recovery from Bell’s palsy while acupuncture in Tarzana can alleviate many of the symptoms of this disorder.

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