Bell’s palsy is a condition that I am seeing become increasingly more prevalent in recent months at my naturopathic medicine practice in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.

Luckily, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can provide support for symptoms of Bell’s palsy like facial muscle weakness or paralysis, which typically occur on one side of the face.

Bell's palsy acupuncture

The exact cause for Bell’s palsy is unknown, but the condition is thought to be linked with immune system activation from an infectious or vascular mechanism, which causes inflammation and swelling of the facial nerve. This nerve is what controls the muscular function in the face.

The symptoms can vary from mild to severe.  Typically, the facial muscles on one side of the face droop, which can be emotionally traumatic as well as creating physical impairments with speech, eating, and difficulty getting the eyelid to close.

As a naturopathic doctor, I work to assess the full picture with each individual. With that information, I then create an individualized natural medicine treatment plan to resolve the root issue and restore balance to the system. This approach leads to long-term, optimal functioning of your nervous system.

At Vibrant Natural Medicine, located near Tulsa, Oklahoma, my goal is to restore optimal nerve function and address any underlying causes for the Bell’s palsy symptoms. I have found that including acupuncture and naturopathic medicine therapies that reduce inflammation, support nerve health, and balance the immune response are ideal to provide an optimal foundation, along with other treatments recommended by your medical team, for resolving Bell’s palsy symptoms as quickly as possible.

One study assessed 100 patients with Bell’s palsy who incorporated acupuncture into their treatment plan.  The results showed that patients who included acupuncture had significant improvements in facial function and symmetry with or without conventional treatments. 1  For more information about acupuncture services, click HERE.

As a naturopathic doctor, I take an integrative approach to Bell’s palsy and incorporate holistic therapies to naturally improve these symptoms.

I have worked with many individuals with Bell’s palsy and am happy to report they have all noticed reduced pain and swelling and improved facial muscle use after incorporating acupuncture and naturopathic medicine therapies!  Bell’s palsy symptoms will vary in severity and time to resolution for each person based on how much inflammation and swelling has occurred at the site of that nerve.  Most people see improvement (not necessarily resolution) of symptoms within 2-3 weeks, but it can take up to 6 months for some cases to improve.  Don’t suffer with this condition! Work with a holistic practitioner to improve your symptoms and overall health as quickly as possible!

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Vibrant Natural Medicine – Dr. Sara Gomendi

Naturopathic Doctor – Tulsa, Oklahoma

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  1. Acupuncture Facial Recovery for Bell’s Palsy: