What is Bell’s Palsy? When someone is diagnosed with Bell’s palsy they are being diagnosed with a neurological disorder that is caused from electrochemical signals that are being disrupted when sent to the facial nerves. The result is that the facial muscles on one side of the face becomes weakened and even paralyzed. Depending on how many nerves are disrupted it can cause problems with the tear glands, the salivary glands, as well as the taste buds. They may not be able to close their eye on one side of their face, and they may have difficulty smiling, speaking, and eating.
Bell’s palsy occurs quickly and often peaks within 48 hours of the first symptoms. Affecting about 40,000 people in the United States every year, it can be caused by viral infections, bacterial infections, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, pregnancy, stress, and traumatic injury to the face. There are usually no other medical risks associated with Bell’s palsy which is good for people who do develop it.
For people that only have mild cases of Bell’s palsy, there is no treatment that is required, and in time, the nerve will heal by itself. However, this isn’t always the case. In more severe cases, treatment is required such as traditional medicine, and natural therapy, as long as it is along with a broader treatment plan. Natural remedies are shown to work best when combined with other therapies.
Herbal medicines such as St. John’s Wort, Aveana Sativa, and Valerian are good for promoting the overall function of the nervous system. This will work to help prevent the onset of Bell’s palsy in people that are prone to it. There are some other homeopathic remedies that can be used to treat the symptoms once they show up. These are Aconite, Causticum, Gelsemium, and Dulcamara, which work together to bring about a faster recovery period. The natural remedies, once used, can have a very therapeutic affect on the facial nerves so that you can start to resume a normal life without waiting an extended period of time to improve.
It is important that even if you do choose traditional medicine that you consider the benefits of a more natural approach to therapy and herbal remedies. Incorporating physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage, and facial exercises along with herbs and minerals you are more apt to feel the overall affect of how everything is working together. Although Bell’s palsy isn’t serious in itself, it can stop you from feeling attractive, and confident, and without the use of natural remedies it could be a long time before your facial nerves relax and return to normal.