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Can you use acupuncture on the seventh cranial nerve for bells palsy?

Anastasia Hall (Boston, MA) on Jun 26, 2012
Yes, acupuncture can be profoundly effective in treating Bell's Palsy. The key is to get it treated quickly and aggressively. Waiting reduces the chances of effecting this particular condition through acupuncture.
Geoff DePaula (Hopkinton, MA) on Jun 26, 2012
Any of the cranial nerves can be treated with acupuncture. There are several methods for addressing this.
Alma Myers (North Hollywood, CA) on Jun 26, 2012
Acupuncture and even fire-cupping are successfully used to treat the inflamed facial nerves that cause Bell's Palsy. The treatment principle is use both local and distal acupuncture points to eliminate wind, regulate qi and blood in the Lesser Yang and Yang Brightness channels to remove obstruction, and restore facial nerve function. Acupuncture can improve blood circulation, bring energy to the affected site, and boost the immune system. It is a good addition to the treatment of peripheral facial paralysis and can increase the potential for a faster and complete recovery. A PubMed abstract states: "Three included studies showed that the therapeutic effect of acupuncture alone was superior to that of medication or that acupuncture combined with medication was better than medication alone. Harmful side-effects were not reported in any of the trials." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14973996
Grace Chang (Oakland, CA) on Jun 26, 2012
Yes, it's very likely that points will be selected in and around this area to treat Bell's Palsy. However, the more important factor to consider is when the initial onset occurred. The best time to treat Bell's is within the first seven days of onset. The outcome depends on the severity of the case as well as the individual's constitution. Chinese herbs are crucial to successful treatment of this condition. It is almost impossible to reverse a prolonged case without including herbal therapy.
Florian Boschi (Beverly Hills, CA) on Aug 3, 2012
yes acupuncture works fantastic for bells palsy and one of the indicated points is ST3 (a point on the stomach meridian) that stimulates the facial nerve. Hope that helps
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jul 10, 2012
Yes, the sooner the sessions begin the better the results. Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years by millions of people. Good luck!
White-Eagle Perry (Arvada, CO) on Jul 6, 2012
Although Bell's Palsy according to Western medicine tends to affect the VII Cranial Nerve, in Chinese medicine we don't look upon it that way. Bell's Palsy falls under the category of Wind Stroke and is typically caused from the following: 1) Being exposed to cold wind 2) Improper diet 3) Emotional stress 4) Prolonged exhaustion. Typically in my practice I have noticed it is mostly caused from when a person is weak (deficient) and then exposed to cold air. With acupuncture and moxabustion, it clears up pretty quick.
Edward Gousse (New York, NY) on Jun 26, 2012
Yes! But needling there is sensitive. The point not that far from the mouth point.