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Acupuncture: A method for treating Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy is a paralysis of the muscles of the face resulting from damage or injury to the facial nerve. It most often affects one side of the face only. Most scientists believe that the underlying cause of this disorder is a viral infection which causes the facial nerve to become inflamed as a result of the infection. To date though Bell’s palsy is the most common cause of paralysis affecting the face no obvious cause has been identified.

Though this condition can affect all age groups, it is predominately seen in individuals between the ages of 15 and 45. Both men and women are equally affected by this disorder. Certain conditions do put an individual at a higher risk of getting this disorder and they include: pregnancy, diabetes, influenza, common cold or any upper respiratory infection.

In its mild form this condition is self limiting, Conventional medical treatments for more serious cases include medications such as antivirals (to fight underlying viral infection),and anti-inflammatories to alleviate inflammation and swelling. Though surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve is an option it is rarely used and usually not recommended due to its high risk and no guarantee of recovery.

Alternative therapies for Trigeminal Neuralgia include among others: Acupuncture Biofeedback, Chiropractics, Homeopathy, Hypnosis, Magnet therapy, Manual therapy, Moxibustion, Vitamin therapy, Nutritional therapy

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that the underlying cause of this condition, is a disease producing wind assailing the meridian channels of the liver, gallbladder, stomach, large intestines, tendons and muscles. This results in Qi stagnation and inbalance which in turn resultsl in the paralysis and weakness of the facial nerve and muscles.

Clinical studies done in the United States on the effectiveness of acupuncture in conjunction with moxibustion have shown greater results than acupuncture alone. More clinical studies are currently being conducted on the combination therapies to further test their effectiveness.

Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program for Bell’s palsy. The holistic approach includes moxibustion as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Let Dr Elisha alleviate your pain, promote healing, and help you relax and feel generally better. 


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