Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy

acupuncture points

Acupuncture is an alternative medical treatment that is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Using hair thin needles inserted into the specific parts of the body, it stimulates the central nervous system. This encourages the body’s natural healing ability. Acupuncture helps to balance the qi (chee) or the flow of energy within the body. Acupuncture can help with a wide variety of ailments. From headaches, neck pain, and other chronic pain to allergies and depression. It can be highly effective in helping to relieve the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy.

What is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy is a condition which causes sudden muscle weakness on one side of the face. This makes the face look like it’s drooping on one side. Bell’s Palsy can occur at any age and causes can vary and are often unknown. It is thought to be the result of swelling and inflammation of the nerves in the face. This can be from the reaction to a viral infection or other stress to the body. This inflammation then prohibits normal function of the nerves causing paralysis. Bell’s Palsy can cause difficulty with the closing the eye on that side. It can also cause issues with the mouth including smiling, talking, and even eating.

For most people Bell’s Palsy is temporary and can start to improve in a few weeks to several months. However, in some cases it can be a lifelong issue or re-occur. While there is no immediate cure for Bell’s Palsy, acupuncture helps with the effects.

How Acupuncture Can Help with Bell’s Palsy

Acupuncture can help with the symptoms due to Bell’s Palsy. It promotes optimal functioning of the central nervous system. This helps to stimulate the nerves in the face to relax the facial paralysis, relieving any pain associated with the condition and bringing back feeling.

Studies have shown acupuncture to be highly effective in treating Bell’s Palsy. It can significantly improve the symptoms related to the Bell’s Palsy by as much as 80%. And this can be achieved in a relatively short amount of time.

If you or someone you love has Bell’s Palsy, acupuncture can help. Located in Penfield, NY we provide acupuncture and other chiropractor services to the Rochester NY region. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to learn more.