Bell's palsy is a condition that strikes unexpectedly, leading to sudden weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles on one side of the face. At Alpha Acupuncture on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in New York City, Qing Yang, L.Ac, provides acupuncture to treat Bell’s palsy by relieving inflammation around the facial nerve. If you have the lingering effects of Bell’s palsy, call today or use this website to book an appointment and find out how acupuncture can help.
Bell's palsy is a condition that causes sudden weakness or paralysis in the muscles on one side of the face. It occurs when a specific virus inflames the facial nerve, especially during periods of stress, illness, or sleep deprivation.
Bell’s palsy results in facial drooping, difficulty closing the eye or smiling, and changes in taste sensation. Most people recover from Bell’s palsy, but about 30% of people with the condition have lingering symptoms.
Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the body's natural healing processes.
In the case of Bell's palsy, acupuncture effectively targets specific points associated with facial nerve function, potentially improving muscle strength and alleviating unpleasant facial drooping symptoms.
Acupuncture is often part of a comprehensive treatment plan for Bell’s palsy. While it can help reduce symptoms and speed up recovery, it's typically recommended alongside conventional medical treatments.
Conventional treatments for Bell's palsy include corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, antiviral drugs to address any underlying illness, and eye patches or drops to keep the affected eye healthy. Facial muscle rehabilitation may require physical therapy.
Qing works closely with your other health care providers to develop a holistic treatment plan.
The number of acupuncture sessions required to provide healing varies depending on the severity of the condition and your individual response to treatment.
Some patients experience improvement after just a few sessions, while others may require more extensive treatment. Qing creates a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Some patients with Bell’s palsy experience complications, including eye problems or speech difficulties.
By targeting specific points corresponding to these issues, acupuncture can help improve muscle tone, reduce inflammation, enhance blood circulation, and stimulate nerve function in the affected areas.
If you or a loved one is dealing with Bell's palsy and you're interested in exploring acupuncture as a part of your recovery plan, please contact Alpha Acupuncture. Call the office or use this website to schedule your consultation.