Bell's palsy (also known as facial paralysis or 7th cranial nerve palsy) can be addressed with acupuncture and Oriental medicines. Western physicians and patients are becoming more interested in these ancient traditions, as for more than 2500 years, generations of patients and physicians have depended on traditional Oriental medicines to treat all varieties of disorders.
One of the areas in which traditional medicine and acupuncture are very effective is in the treatment of Bell's palsy. Although this aspect of acupuncture is not widely known, we always advise a patient who develops facial paralysis to consider this option without delay. The sooner treatment is applied, the more rapid the response. A nurse who knew how effective acupuncture is for facial paralysis called me as soon as the weakness in the facial muscles was noted, and I was able to treat the condition the same day. It took only 4 treatments to completely eliminate all the muscle weakness.
Even if it has been some time since you developed a Bell's palsy, acupuncture still may be worth trying. However, the longer the condition has been present, the harder it is to completely eliminate it with acupuncture and moxabustion. Herbal therapy may also have to be used. Western doctors may try to treat Bell's palsy with steroid drugs or antivirals, both of which can cause serious side effects. We recommend you try acupuncture first.
For an initial consultation on Bell's palsy, call to schedule an appointment with us. We will send a package of forms and questionnaires and an appointment card along with a return envelope. You may also call for informational brochures on Oriental medicine.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 or visit our website for more information, or to make an appointment.