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Will acupuncture help with nerve spasms in the face?

Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Yes! Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can help with these spasms. The REAL question is WHY are you having these spasms? We do NOT simply focus on the spasms. Your practitioner will want to treat the root cause. This can be a vitamin deficiency, a weak organ or nerve damage. Eastern Medicine has treated billions of patients for thousands of years. Pharmacological drugs and steroids are not the only option. Side effects, dependency and not treating the ROOT cause and only the symptoms is not the way to cure these problems. Don't be surprised if your Doctor brings up your diet and will probably recommend some diet changes. Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist (not certified) that has graduated from at least a Masters Degree program. Every state is different and some require little to no exams or training.
David Chiu (New York, NY) on Jan 6, 2013
Yes, acupuncture can help many things that affect the face such as TMJ, sinus congestion, Bell's Palsy and other nerve related issues. Depending on how long you've had the condition and how serious it is, results from acupuncture can be seen after the first treatment to a few.
Lisa Lapwing (Austin, TX) on Oct 16, 2012
Acupuncture taps directly into the parasympathetic nervous system, the involuntary nervous system (controling heart rate, breathing, nerve and hormone regulation, digestion, etc.) therefore, it can regulate an over active nerve that is causing pain, as well as loosen the tight surrounding muscles. If it is a matter of your sinuses, acupuncture can reduce inflammation which in turn will release some of the pressure on the nerve causing the pain.
Lejla Fazlicic (Lincolnwood, IL) on Oct 16, 2012
Hi, Acupuncture may be very benefitial in your case, also try vitamin B12 supplement. Are you shure that you don't have some inflamatory process going on? If you have any questions please feel free to ask any time. I wish you all best. Lejla Fazlicic L.Ac NADA Specialist
Sejin Lee (Fullerton, CA) on Oct 16, 2012
Yes, acupuncture helps with nerve spasms in the face.
Elizabeth Stephenson (Daytona Beach, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
It is possible that acupuncture can help with your facial nerve spasms, jaw and maxillary pain. In order to determine the root cause of your problem, it will be important to have a consultation with an acupuncture physician. In your consultation, your acupuncturist might ask whether you have had any accidents or injuries to the area. If so, it is possible that scar tissue could be impeding nerve conduction. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment method for restoring proper circulation in areas of scar tissue. If your spasms become worse when there is a cold wind blowing on your face, this could indicate a problem with External Wind, a Traditional Chinese Medical diagnosis associated with windy weather conditions. Acupuncture can be very helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that are aggravated by weather changes. If this is your issue, it will be important for you to avoid drafts and to cover the delicate skin of your face with a scarf when encountering windy weather. If your problem is a blocked sinus cavity, as your dentist suggests, then a combination of herbal medicine, a nasal rinse, and acupuncture can restore sinus drainage. As the sinus pressure is reduced, you will have less inflammation and decreased pain. If your sinuses are infected, you may need an herbal antibiotic or antiviral to clear the infection. Your nerve spasms may also be caused by a condition known as Internal Wind. This is a more severe condition that is associated with your liver and its ability to smoothly filter your blood of toxicity. If your spasms are related to Internal Wind, then they could be precursor symptoms for a possible stroke. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are helpful in nourishing the liver and restoring its ability to smoothly filter the blood. These are just a few of the possible reasons for your condition. In order to properly diagnose and treat your nerve spasms, you will need to see a professional acupuncturist in person.
Michele Louiselle (Bradenton, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal formulas can be very beneficial for calming irritated nerves. I personally have experience in effectively treating Trigeminal Neuralgia which is extremely painful. In a case where western medicine was unable to help, I was able to give my patient back her life without pain.
Kathleen Rosenblatt (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture is one of the few things that can restore proper nerve activity on the face. It can repair the 'short circuit' that is causing an abnormal firing of the nerve. I would work on the neck as well since it often starts there. Nerves can be calmed without injections or drugs. And the source of the problem might even go deeper--I check other systems that are represented on the face's electrical lines.
Dale Tope (Pflugerville, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
This could be trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain due to irritation of the trigeminal nerve). Regardless of the origin of the pain, Acupuncture can help resolve this condition. I'll often use a technique called "joining needling" to stimulate the area to re-establish proper nerve function. If necessary, we use electroacupuncture, as well. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pain is caused by stagnant Qi ("chee") and blood. The body's energy (Qi) is supposed to be flowing smoothly, but for whatever reason, you've developed a blockage, like a traffic jam. We come in and open the blockage, things run smoothly again, and pain is resolved. If there is a sinus problem, we can do acupuncture to open them up, as well.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat pain and numbness. I'm not a doctor but that sounds similar to trigeminal neurolagia. At any rate your symptoms can be treated with acupuncture.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat pain and numbness. I'm not a doctor but that sounds similar to trigeminal neurolagia. At any rate your symptoms can be treated with acupuncture.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can help in reducing pain in many different areas of the body, on a case to case basis. It could be that your pain is a combination of a couple of different conditions. I would be happy to offer you a free phone consultation. You can reach me at 847-922-4039 Thank you, Adi Barad,LAc.
Shamsi Pourfatemi Creps (San Francisco, CA) on Oct 3, 2012
If the nerve pain is due to a sinus issue, acupuncture combined with herbs will help alleviate the pain.
Christopher Bonnichsen (Portland, OR) on Oct 3, 2012
To the concerned patient in pain. The answer here is yes it can help. Initially I suspect a Trigeminal, or Glossenpharengeal nerve inflammation. I of coarse could tell more with inspection. I want to know how hot and cold affects the condition? What was the situation you feel led to the condition: be it, physical, mental, or emotional. Combinations of all three and what other outstanding condition may be involved. I see many conditions similar; i.e., Bells Palsy, Ramsey Hunt Syndrome, or upper body neurological pain. I have a very good success rate with these kind of conditions. I f you are interested in more please make contact with me so I can help you solve your issue.
Alyssa Dazet (Santa Monica, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Oh my! Sounds like you've been getting the run around. I'm sure this can be very frustrating, especially when you are in pain. This sounds like a good case for acupuncture. Acupuncture can tap into the nervous system unlike any western medicines out there. Often times the bio-mechanical systems just needs a bit of resetting and re-balancing and it sounds like you have an overactive facial nerve. I would highly recommend you visit an acupuncturist for a thorough Eastern diagnosis. Let me know if you have any more questions, I'm happy to help! Alyssa Dazet L.Ac.
Eden Lung (San Diego, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Well, it's hard to tell you exactly what's going without further questionaire. But, it could caused by the stress or fatique. Acupuncture can help with lower stress level and fatique. As of now, get plenty of rest and you can try to put a hot tower around the area to relief the pain.
Beth Theodore (Redondo Beach, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Have you been checked for trigeminal neuralgia? Often this can elicit symptoms similar to what you're experiencing. Acupuncture can be quite effective in treating conditions related to the nerves. I've had great results treating both numbness and pain from disorders involving the nerves. I'd recommend contacting an acupuncturist in your area to determine if he/she may be able to help you.
Daniel Haun (Oceanside, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
I think that acupuncture is worth a try as it can be very helpful in quelling nerve pain of all types whether, it’s originating from the trigeminal nerve, the facial nerve or a tooth. I would recommend undergoing a course of at least 5 treatments, reassess to see if it’s helping and then go from there.
Lincoln Jose Fraga (Lakewood, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, acupuncture can probably help since it is very effective on neuralgias(nerve pain). This sounds similar to Trigeminal Neuropathy. This is a nerve pain that affects the face. Sometimes can include twitching or pralysais. Many nerve pains respond well to acupuncture, especially when combined with electro-stimulation of needles. I have treated several cases of this type successfully. Good luck with your recovery. Lincoln Fraga LAC, Dipl OM
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
yes, acupuncture helps with stoke patients, bells ballsy etc.
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Yes, specifically, differentiated Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment. Nerve spasms in your face is a concenpt known as a "wind" in TCM. The wind may be caused by "Yin defficiency"or "too much heat". If so, treatment should clear the heat and nourish Yin, and combind to relex the nerve.
Charles Li (Rego Park, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Acupuncture is helpful for facial nerve disorder, such as facial spasm, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ, etc. It is also helpful for tooth and sinus problem.
Marco Di Bonaventura (King Of Prussia, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
Nerve spasms could have several different pathologies. A consultation and evaluation will allow us to understand the nature and origin of the condition.
Andy Ly (Sterling Heights, MI) on Sep 30, 2012
I have treated a few clients with this type of pain. Acupuncture can help but you need to also be treated with hot stone massage, cupping and micro-puncture th releif the blood stagnation in your SCM and scalene group muscles then the pain and numbness will go away Andy
Martin Schweizer (Encinitas, CA) on Sep 30, 2012
My guess is your trigeminal nerve is being irritated and could be helped by specific acupuncture needling
Charles Sylvester (Webster, NY) on Sep 30, 2012
From the sounds of what you've described it appears that the source of your symptoms may be related to one or more of your cranial nerves. You have 12 pairs of cranial nerves emerging directly from the brain and they allow you to perform such functions as chewing, swallowing, shrugging your shoulders, balance and movement (i.e. equilibrium), various movements of the eye, taste, smell, etc.. If I had to make an educated guess as to which of your cranial nerves may be affected I would say that cranial nerve 5 (Trigeminal) sounds like the main culprit as it is both responsible for sensation of the face and your muscles of mastication (chewing). Do you have any problems with taste, movements of your tongue or the ability to perform certain facial expressions? These are all questions that need to be answered in order to weed out other potential cranial nerve culprits. In regards to your original question, yes, acupuncture can help with the treatment of nerve spasms in the face. I would, however, feel more comfortable if you got a definitive answer from both your neurologist and dentist. If you need a second opinion I would be happy to guide you in the direction of a very well-known and respected dentist here in the Rochester area. I can also ask around and get the names of some of the top neurologists in the area as well if you're interested. Please let me know and I hope this was helpful. Charlie Sylvester, LAc., Dipl.Ac.
Flo Lawrence (Woodland Hills, CA) on Sep 30, 2012
Yes, acupuncture will help and also to know that muscles twitching are related to liver energy, ie. liver wind that is moving around because of a stressed out emotions affecting the liver. You know, the wind is in this part of the tree at one moment and in another part of the tree another moment.
Donna Cain (New Canaan, CT) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes, acupuncture can be very helpful. It won't necessarily eliminate the pain/spasm, but it should make it much more bearable. I have treated a patient with very similar symptoms with good results. She was diagnosed with Tic Delaroux. After our initial treatment period, I saw her about once a month, and that was enough to control the worst of her symptoms.
Maureen Fox (Manchester, MO) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes, acupuncture is very helpful for nerve pain, and spasms. When you say "spasm" do you mean that your face twitches as well?
Chang Oh (Stevenson Ranch, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
It will definately help. You need not only acupuncture, but also moxibustion. Depends on your condition, you may need to combine herbal tea.
Portia Barnblatt (San Francisco, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
If it's not TMJ or sinus issue as diagnosed by your doctor, it could be the triennial neuralgia. Has your neurologist thought of that? How did this pain started? Any other health History might contribute to it? Acupuncture works great for all kinds of pain management. Find yourself an experience acupuncturist.
Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Sep 29, 2012
It might be a form of bells palsy, can be treated by acupuncture along with moxabustion. I had a lots of suceess treating that kind of facial sickness in the past.
Kate Ruma (Arlington, MA) on Sep 29, 2012
Acupuncture can be very helpful in decreasing the pain and discomfort that you are describing. Acupuncture is based on a system of energy called "Qi". Think of Qi as electric energy that flows through pathways in the body called meridians. There are several pathways that transverse the face. When energy becomes blocked in those channels, qi stops flowing and then blood stops flowing. The result is often pain and discomfort. By putting needles in those meridians, the blockage is moved and the nerves and tissue around the area are flooded with Qi and blood. Hence, the area begins to heal. From the Western medical viewpoint, the analgesic effect of acupuncture can be attributed to the release of endorphins (pain-relieving neurotransmitters) in the body as a result of needle insertion. The number of treatments needed to resolve your issue depends upon the severity of the pain, and the length of time you have experienced it. Acupuncture treatment consists of a full medical history. Not only will you be asked about the chief complaint (in your case, facial pain/discomfort), but also other aspects of the body (sleep, digestion, temperature, etc. which are most likely related to the facial pain). After this information is gathered, a Chinese medical diagnosis is determined, and the practitioner is able to come up with an appropriate acupuncture point prescription, herbal formula and treatment plan.
Mary Maurer (Cave Creek, AZ) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes Acupuncture and Asian Medicines are very helpful with nervous spasms anywhere on the body. This most likely relates to a TCM differential diagnosis like Liver Wind in the face and head. There is an energetic imbalance in the Liver and possible Stomach meridians as well as the Gall Bladder channel following the channels causing pain from the blockage of energy (Qi).
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Find an experienced Acupuncturist/Herbalist and get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Kexin Bao (Rosemead, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes! Acupuncture is helpful for this kind of conditions, it is mucles spasm. Please canctac me via phone (626) 288-1199. Dr. Kexin Bao. L.Ac., Ph.D.
Vera Vasershteyn (Surfside, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
I think you have trigeminal neuralgia and this condition can be treated with acupuncture. My advise is to see an acupuncturist for consultation and treatment.
Serena Bordes (Boca Raton, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture has over 2000 years of history in treating a variety of medical conditions. The stimulation of the needles has proven through both history and as of recent, scientific research to remove obstructions, alleviate pain and rebalnce the body. I use a variety of modalities of treatment in my office from acupunture, non invasive laser therapy (also superior at alleviating pain), and herbal medicine that can help with your condition. I would be glad to see you at your first opportunity. Warm Regards, Dr. Serena Bordes Acucare Healing Center Boca Raton, FL
Alex Kleyman (Brooklyn, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Sounds like a Trigeminal Neuralgia, but lets not jump into a Dx. The short answear to that question is, Yes. In Oriental medicine ANY pain or discomfort in the body is considered an Energy flow blockage. Acupuncture is the best and the fastest known method to unblock the energy stagnation and thus, to relieve the Pain. The result of the Tx, or I should better say, "an Effect" shoould be noticed right after the insertion of the needles, but the duration of it, will depend on the General p-t's condition.
Patricia Lew (San Antonio, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
The technique that I employ (NAET) treats nerve spasms by addressing what is causing the spasm. More than likely your body is reacting negatively to something in your environment, either something you are contacting or something that you are ingesting. This irritant causes inflammation in your nerves, and the reaction that you see is the nerve spasm and the pain. I have treated Bell's Palsy and spasms successfully with this technique. Please call if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture can help calm the nervous system and relieve spasms and neuropathic pain. We often seen patients with trigeminal neuralgia, eye twitch. Of course, nothing is guaranteed, but I'd estimate a 80% chance that acupuncture could help you.
David TJ Lin (Bellevue, WA) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture is extremely effective in relieving various types of pain. One time we had a patient whose left face swelled up due to dental procedure. The swelling was so painful and pain medication failed to manage it. She came to our office, after three sessions plus taking Chinese herbal medicine within a week her face returned to normal. Regardless of what the pain is, in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, when there's a pain there's a blockage on the energy channel. The solution is to remove the blockage therefore the energy flow return to normal.
Soon Pak (Bayside, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
It sounds like a trigeminal neuralgia. Acupuncture can reduce the pain from all kinds of neuralgia. I strongly suggest you to try acupuncture treatment.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes, Acupunctire can help, it can be related to Bell's Palsy or a simple wind invasion case, also patients who have other conditions can have those symptoms. I will need to see you and take your pulses to see if Acupuncture will be helpful. We offer a free consultation.Please let us know if you are interested in that.
Michael Costa (Culver City, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes, acupuncture can help with this type of pain. In this particular case, you can use distal points away from the affected area of the face to make an improvement without aggravating the pain locally.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
As an M.D. and acupuncturist/master herbalist I am familiar with your condition I would say I am very sorry because I know how this pain is unbearable and frustrating , in Western medicine recently they go and inject some anesthetic medicine to the nerve, but as an acupuncturist I strongly recommend acupuncture plus a complete course of herbal medicine, but don't forget the power of your body to heal itself. During treatment , I usually have to ask my patients to change their lifestyles, their habits, their diet, their views. Unfortunately these days we are looking for magic potion to heal us or a procedure to help us get rid of the pain . it makes the treatments difficult , sometimes impossible or we will suffer eventually from the side effect of the treatment. It is better to pay attention to your pain, your body is saying something to you may be you work hard , may be you compete too much or you always try to fix things that you have no control on them, your acupuncturist should help you to relax and let your body take care of this tough struggle. write a diary of your pain , when you get it? what food make it better or worse, which season is better or worse, all of those information will help your acupuncturist to help you.
Shadye Peyvan (San Marino, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
Definitely acupuncture can help. Any facial pain related to TMJ, sinus, Shingles, after stroke deformity, nerve damage and , pain can be addressed by acupuncture. Visit an acupuncturist in your area or make an appointment with Green Wellness Acupuncture. I will be happy to make your pain to go away. Be Well!
Jennifer Winer (Golden Valley, MN) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture can be very effective for trigeminal neuralgia, tooth pain, and sinus congestion/pain. It is always recommended to see an MD and/or Dentist to be evaluated and rule out anything that could be serious. If sinus inflammation is the issue, an acupuncturist can work to decrease the inflammation, decrease pain, and balance the body.
Bill Rice (West Palm Beach, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
It sounds like you still don't have a proper diagnosis. Did the neurologist suggest Trigeminal neuralgia (an inflammation of the trigeminal nerve)? Sometimes they can miss the cause of the problem and therefore you don't receive the proper treatment. Acupuncture can help all of those ailments, but we still need to determine where the blockage is and release it. If it is your sinuses, you may need to change your diet as well. A consultation and complete examination will help to identify the source of the problem and then it can be treated properly.