General information on Bell’s Palsy. Chinese Medicine’s world view in its attemt to manage symptoms.

(Organ names in Chinese medicine differ from Western medicine’s understanding).​ Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes facial paralysis, resulting in inability to control Facial muscles on one side of the face. The symptoms include muscular loss, face weakness, twitching, or loss of muscular function in the face. Bell’s palsy is usually One-sided and rarely affects both sides. It is essential to differentiate Bell’s palsy from a life-threatening conditions like a stroke, and a medical doctor needs to be sought to confirm this.

​From the perspective of Chinese medicine, Bell’s palsy is perceived to be primarily caused by external wind and cold that tends to attack the face channels and disturb the natural flow of energy (Qi) and blood. Generally it is believed that there is an underlined weakness that made this condition more likely and in the course of treatment, the underlined cause is also addressed. Chinese medicine does not claim to cure or treat Western biomedical conditions, however may significantly lessen the symptoms from within the context of its own holistic and integral approach.

The treatment protocol involves Its own unique paradigm that governs its detailed diagnostic process.

Chinese medicine aims to treat the person, not the disease. It treats people with particular patterns that manifest in specific ways within their individual circumstances. Chinese medicine looks at the post-illness stage with just as much rigor as its acute manifestation. It works not only to correct the presenting condition but also to prevent future illness by strengthening and supporting the body’s own mechanisms.

Chinese medicine says that facial paralysis is caused by external pathogenic factors that impede Qi flow within the face channels. The body has its own unique internal nature. The treatment aims to expel the invading pathogen that impedes channel flow and to strengthen deficient meridians. To achieve this, acupuncture is used as the first point of call in clinical settings. Very fine, single-use, sterile needles are inserted into specific body points, carefully chosen to enable the most effective possible response in the shortest time, and with the least number of points possible.

Herbal medicine is used in chronic cases where paralysis has been present for some time or when the body responds slower to treatment than anticipated. Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of treating the underlying deficiencies of the immune system. This enables the entry of a damaging pathogen in the first place.

In conclusion, Bell’s palsy affects facial muscles’ control, causing facial paralysis. Western medicine views Bell’s palsy as caused by trauma to the seventh cranial nerve, while Chinese medicine views it as an external invasion of pathogenic factors. Chinese medicine involves Acupuncture and herbal medicine to restore the natural flow of Qi and blood in the face and strengthen deficient meridians.


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