Bell's Palsy and Chinese Medicine
Bell's palsy sometimes clears up on its own; other times it lingers for years and possibly decades if it is not resolved quickly and correctly according to Chinese medicine. The general theory is that External-Wind invades the interior of the body and the acupressure channels causing paralysis and related symptoms. It is only when the body has one or more constitutional deficiencies or imbalances that Pathogenic Wind can penetrate the skin and body. For best outcomes using self-care to resolve Bell's Palsy, combine associated Acupressure Sticks™ to acu-points, organic herbs, topical remedies and good lifestyle practices. Bell's Palsy Plaster and Internal Wind Foot Soak are indicated. Distal acupressure points on acupuncture channels that travel up to the face are the strongest acu-points for drawing out Wind and circulating Qi and Blood to the head and face. Additionally, one would want to address the underlying root imbalances allowing for this condition
Acupressure Points for Bell's Palsy
- Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Gallbladder 41
- Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Liver 3
- Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 4
- Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Bladder 62
- Apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Small Intestine 3
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 44
Possible Constitutional Causes of Bell's Palsy in Chinese Medicine
Typically, if your body is weak enough for pathogenic Wind to invade the channels, you have more than one of the above patterns. By perusing the articles linked you will notice a multitude of symptoms and you would have to have several of those symptoms to make a determination of the root imbalance. In most cases, Liver Qi Stagnation causes Blood Stagnation and Spleen Qi Deficiency causes Internal Dampness, so there are really only three probable patterns of imbalance that must be resolved to have long-standing and effective recovery from facial paralysis.
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