Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis with unknown causes. However most researchers believe Bell's palsy may be a virus that causes the inflammation and swelling on the facial nerve. The disorder, which is not related to stroke in conventional medicine, is the most common cause of facial paralysis. Bell's palsy affects about 40,000 people in the United States every year, and 20 per 100,000 population world-wide.
The disorder weakens the muscles which control the face and thus affects; facial expressions, drooping of eyebrow and corner of the mouth, drooling, involuntary facial twitches, and smoothing of the forehead. In some cases, the person affected by this condition simply loses control and all sensation in one half of their face.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bell's Palsy is in the category of "Zhong Feng", which translates to "Wind Attack." This is the same category Stroke belongs to. Bell's Palsy is one of the most commonly seen phenomenon in the acupuncture department in the hospitals in China. Hospitals in china have significant clinical track record with Bell's Palsy.However, there is no meaningful research conducted supporting its' effectiveness to date.
In general, regardless of the cause, it is agreed among most of the Chinese doctors that the following points will benefit the outcome of acupuncture treatment.
LV3, KI2,SP6, ST36, GB34, LI4, TW5, GB34, ST36, SP6, KI3, LV3
Depending on visual observation from the acupuncturist, varies local points will also apply. At ACATCM, we are committed to providing results-driven premier quality care to our patients. To discuss your health and wellness needs, contact our College Clinic at: 403-286-8788.