Treating Bell’s Palsy with Electro-Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Updated: Sep 23, 2018
In a 2016 issue of Vanity Fair, Hollywood Superstar Angelina Jolie spoke out to the Western media about her experiences with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Having developed the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy as a result of high stress – the world-renowned actress, film-maker, and mother of 6 openly shared how the impact of stress had manifested in her health, causing muscle weakness and paralysis to one side of her face.
After turning to acupuncture treatment, Jolie was able to make a full recovery and share her healing experiences with acupuncture from the world stage.
By combining this ancient form of healthcare with the technological advancements of electro-acupuncture therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to gain credibility for treating Bell’s Palsy with outstanding results.
What is Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s Palsy, also known as facial palsy, is a neurological condition characterized by temporary paralysis and weakness to one side of the face.
Affecting approximately 1 in every 5,000 people, this loss of muscle control presents visually as drooping facial features to the affected side.
What are the Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy? The 7th cranial nerve, associated with Bell’s Palsy, is responsible for our ability to smile, frown, blink, salivate and even produce tears.
When this facial nerve malfunctions, a variety of the following symptoms can occur:
Sudden Paralysis/Weakness to one side of the face
Drooping facial features (on the affected side)
Drooling from one side of the mouth
Difficulty making facial expressions
Difficulty closing/blinking one eye
Potential eye irritation or dryness (from the inability to blink)
Decreased ability to create tears and/or saliva
Altered sense of taste
Sensitivity to sound
Pain in front or behind the affected ear
Pain around the jaw
What Causes Bell’s Palsy?
From a Western Medicine perspective, the exact root of this condition has not yet been identified.
While stress, viral infections, disease, genetics and facial nerve damage have all been linked to cases of Bell’s Palsy, Traditional Chinese Medicine brings forth the relevance of weather and the surprising impact it can have over our physical health.
From the perspective of TCM, Bell’s Palsy is caused by a “wind-cold” invasion which blocks the body’s ability to circulate blood or “qi” to the face, allowing cold to enter.
Just like in nature, the presence of cold has the ability to slow down natural functioning, or even freeze them all together.
Applying this rationale to the human body’s ability to circulate blood throughout our anatomical channels or meridians, we can see how extreme cold can slow or even stop the flow of energy, blood and circulation within the body.
Similar results can emerge when people become sick, tired or ill – causing weakness to the immune system, allowing pathogens to enter and interfering with the body’s ability to self-regulate or heal itself naturally.
How Can Electro-Acupuncture Therapy Treat Bell’s Palsy?
Originating in China, acupuncture has been one of the most effective approaches in treating the condition of Bell’s Palsy.
In recent years, the accelerated benefits of electro-acupuncture have gained more and more popularity around the world with its ability to shorten the course of the disease with incredible healing results.
By stimulating the facial muscles around the affected area– electro-acupuncture therapy aims to reconnect the facial channels by encouraging blood/qi to flow as it should, naturally.
Electro-acupuncture therapy has also been successful in providing the following benefits:
Enhancing local blood circulation
Stimulating the nerves and facial muscles
Although many people have the misconception that acupuncture is a painful procedure, the hair-like needles are even less noticeable due to the loss of sensation to the area. In fact, most patients of electro-acupuncture therapy report the experience to be both pleasant and relaxing.
Final Thoughts Understanding the human body, to at least some degree, is crucial to great health, wellness and happiness.
As Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient form of healthcare that seeks to work with the body’s ability to heal itself, exposure to these frameworks in addition to our Western understanding of healthcare can put us at a greater advantage of caring for ourselves and the ones we love.
If you are interested in learning more about how Electro-Acupuncture Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org | 647-549-2281