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:
- 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.