Monday, April 20, 2009

Bell's Palsy

Bell's Palsy is a paralysis of cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) resulting in inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. Several conditions can cause a facial paralysis, e.g., brain tumor, stroke, and Lyme disease. However, if no specific cause can be identified, the condition is known as Bell's Palsy.
Bell's palsy usually appears suddenly, often overnight. The primary symptom is weakness and paralysis on one side of the face. You may find that you can't make the same expressions as usual. Typically, you'll be unable to fully close one eye. Other possible symptoms include:
altered sense of taste
facial pain, pain in or behind the ear (in fewer than 50% of cases)
no tears in one eye
sensitivity to noise on the affected side
There's none of the confusion, language difficulty, or crushing headache that's commonly seen in stroke victims. You may have some trouble talking, but it's purely muscular, whereas stroke victims literally can't find the words they need.
It usually happens when people have low immunity. Spontaneous recovery (without any treatment) is common. In patients presenting with incomplete facial palsy, where the prognosis for recovery is very good, treatment may be unnecessary. Patients presenting with complete paralysis, marked by an inability to close the eyes and mouth on the involved side, are usually treated. Early treatment (within 3 days after the onset) seems to be necessary for therapy to be effective.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Bell's palsy is attributed to exposure to wind - more specifically due to wind-cold attacking the Shaoyang (liver, gall bladder) and Yangming (stomach, large intestine) channels as well as the tendons and muscles. This is thought to result in an obstruction of Qi (vital energy) and blood in these areas that leads to malnourishment of the tendons and muscles and thus a propensity for the facial muscles to become lax or paralyzed.
Acupuncture works well for Bell's palsy. Usually, we combine with Moxa and cupping to get rid of wind-cold,to smooth Qi and blood moving. In one week,you will see a good diffrence. The main thing is try to treat it as soon as possible.
I do see some clients here after 1-2 years to try CMD. It's too late. When I asked them why came now, they would tell me because that their doctors told them there is no treatment for that. It's a pity. Now we have a choice here. Give yourself an opportunity.