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Recovery from Bell’s Palsy – even after 6 months

This article addresses the causes of Bell’s Palsy sufferers who have not made a complete recovery, after 6 months.

Modern medicine suspects the culprit to be infection and/or autoimmune responses. In full swing this leads to inflammation and swelling of the facial nerve, often causing paralysis and weakness of the muscles.

In Chinese Medicine, treatment regulates the immune system and heals the body… the lingering infections and/or autoimmune responses are considered an imbalance in the body.

Common TCM syndromes we may diagnose patients with Bell’s Palsy are:

  • Blood deficiency
  • Blood stagnation or stasis
  • Qi deficiency
  • Qi stagnation
  • Liver and Spleen disharmony
  • Kidney deficiency

Patients may also display poor blood and peripheral circulation problems. These issues hinder the adequate nutrition required for proper muscle and nerve function.

In Traditional Chinese medicine we refer to this as:

  • Blood deficiency leading to blood stagnation as well as
  • Qi deficiency and stagnation

Often, they also display digestive disorders which affect the immune system. Most complain of bloating or indigestion – liver and spleen disharmony.

The immune response lies within our gut, and the health of our digestive system determines our immunity.

Patients may also experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Concentration or focus issues
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feelings of stress or anxiety – a cause of the above syndromes too
  • As well as adrenal fatigue – Kidney deficiency.

Treating the diagnosed syndrome allows us to realign the body’s functions, assisting in healing. Patients treated for neurological conditions often see a quick and successful recovery. The causes are sometimes related to other aspects such as digestion.

It is very common for patients to experience better health in general, proving that Chinese Medicine is a holistic therapy.

Written by

Dr Jing Jing Yu
Dr Jing Jing Yu is a registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist…..Dr Yu is a 3rd generation Chinese Medicine Doctor in her family. Since a young age, she has grasped much of the theories, diagnostics and has incorporated them into a way of life for herself….

2 thoughts on “Recovery from Bell’s Palsy – even after 6 months”

  1. Dear Dr Yu….I am 77 years old and relatively speaking in pretty good health..I have had bells palsey now for going on 9 months…I have gone to acupuncture chiropractor and now a physical theraprist…the doctor offers me no alternatives…I asked to see a neurologist and was told that would do no good,,,I am pretty much out of opitions…I have had some very slight improvement as my eye does close now but mouth stills pulls to one side and my eye is still droopy…Your advice would b appreciated///is there any hope of me getting over this at this point?

    1. Hi Patty, thank you for reaching out and sharing about your ongoing health struggles. Our talented Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists at the clinic are able to help with Bell’s Palsy with great success! For new patients, we offer Complimentary Phone Consultations where you can discuss further with one of our practitioners. Alternatively, if you’re interested in learning more or booking in an appointment, please give us a call on 1300 432 639 or email us at and one of our friendly front desk assistants can help ????

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