Bell's Palsy is a temporary condition that affects one side of the face, the facial muscles becoming weak or paralyzed. Bell's Palsy sometimes is confused with a stroke because of the droopy appearance and very sudden onset of facial paralysis. The cause is not well understood, sometimes attributed to a virus infecting the facial nerve or people affected with migraines are at higher risk to develop Bell's Palsy. however, anyone can develop this condition. In Chinese Medicine Bell's Palsy would be diagnosed as External Wind Cold Attack of Channels in the Face. Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment therapy for Bell's Palsy. I have helped several patients recover from Bell's Palsy in my private practice as well as in Nepal when volunteering with Acupuncture Relief Project. In an upcoming Vanity Fair cover story article for the September 2017 issue, Angelina Jolie confided she struggled with Bell's Palsy and attributed her full recovery to acupuncture.
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