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(2017) Case report - Acupuncture for facial nerve palsy

'38 year old woman with facial nerve palsy on the right side of the face, having difficulties with closing her eye, slurred speech, dropping corner of the mouth and twitching of the face.

The disorder of the facial nerve appeared after the patient gave birth. After five days of finishing her therapy with medications she started with acupuncture treatment.

15 treatments were done. The first two treatments were made in one week, the remaining treatments once weekly.

There was slow, gradual, but steady improvement which resulted with positive outcome and improvement of the condition completely.'

This case report is based totally on TCM principles, it would be much improved by specifying what treatment the patient had first before the acupuncture, what specific acupuncture points were used rather than just the meridians treated and the needle techniques used on these points.

B Arsovska, K Kozovska, J Zhu. (2017) Case report - Acupuncture for facial nerve palsy In: International Congress of Medical Sciences (ICMS), 10-14 May 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Reproduced from B Arsovska, K Kozovska, J Zhu. (2017) Case report - Acupuncture for facial nerve palsy In: International Congress of Medical Sciences (ICMS), 10-14 May 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria..

(2018) The effect of acupuncture on Bell’s palsy: an overall and cumulative meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

' Conclusion: We failed to draw a conclusion that the acupuncture is effective for facial paralysis since these limited methodological quality studies and potential biases, there need to be validated by more well designed and large sample size RCTs.'

Xiao-Wen Zhang, Fu-Ming Wang et al (2018) The effect of acupuncture on Bell’s palsy: an overall and cumulative meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.. Int J Clin Exp Med 2018;11(4):3309-3321www.ijcem.com /ISSN:1940-5901/IJCEM0058363

(2017) Case Report – Pediatric Bell's Palsy Treatment with Acupuncture

‘In the 8 year old treated patient the condition appeared because of stressful situation, experiencing dreadful fright. The facial muscle weakness was present on the left side of the face with inability to close the eye and drooped corner of the mouth. Before coming to our clinic doctors prescribed him Neurobion, Amoksiklav and Acyclovir, but none of the medications helped him. Five days after the situation we started the acupuncture treatment in our clinic for Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Treatments were done once weekly, with duration of 35-40 minutes. After 10 treatments the function of the facial muscles recovered completely, with normal muscle tone, full range of motion and no accompanying symptoms. In the treatment were used acupuncture points located on the meridians of Dumai, Liver, Stomach and Large Intestine.

The acupuncture points that are often chosen to be treated are St 4, St 6, St 7, Li 4, Gb 14 and Te 17.’

However the authors do not specify the actual acupuncture points used.

Jihe Zhu, Blagica Arsovska, Kristina Kozovska (2017) Case Report – Pediatric Bell's Palsy Treatment with Acupuncture, International Journal of Chinese Medicine 2017; 1(4): 113-115 http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/j/ijcm doi: 10.11648/j.ijcm.20170104.11

(2017) Prognostic Factors of Idiopathic Facial Palsy: A Retrospective Study

Results. 1. The initial degree of facial palsy showed statistical significance with age. The older the age, the more severe the initial palsy.

2. Following treatment degree of facial palsy was statistically significant with age, hypertension, and fasting blood sugar (FBS). The higher the value, the slower the recovery from facial palsy. There was a statistical significance with the number of treatments in a Korean medical hospital. The more frequent the treatment, the faster the facial palsy recovery.

3. Degree of facial palsy after 12 months was statistically significant with age, hypertension, diabetes, FBS, and the initial severity of facial palsy. The higher the value, the slower the facial palsy recovery.

4. Sex, left or right sided palsy, alcohol consumption, smoking, history of facial palsy, season of onset, total number of treatments and bio chemistry (BC), complete blood cell count (CBC), urinalysis (UA) factors had no statistical significance with prognosis of facial palsy.

Conclusion. Age, season of onset, hypertension, diabetes, FBS, initial severity of facial palsy, and the number of treatments at a Korean medical hospital showed statistical significance. The number of treatments at the Korean medical hospital positively correlated with facial palsy prognosis, and the others variables showed a negative correlation with facial palsy prognosis.

Gi Nam Park, Jeong Kyo Jeong et al., (2017) Prognostic Factors of Idiopathic Facial Palsy: A Retrospective Study. The Acupuncture 2017; 34(3): 23-38.


(2017) Warm needling moxibustion at Xià guān ( ST 7) plus shallow Puncture for Bell's palsy in pregnancy.

'Methods. Thirteen patients with BP received an intervention of warm needling moxibustion at ST 7 plus shallow puncture, and were evaluated using the House–Brackmann facial nerve grading system (HB) before and after intervention.

Result. After intervention, the HB grade improved significantly (P<0.05).

Conclusion. Warm needling moxibustion plus shallow puncture is a safe and effective therapy for pregnant BP patients.'

CHEN S, XUAN L, LIU S. (2017) Warm needling moxibustion at Xià guān ( ST 7) plus shallow Puncture for Bell's palsy in pregnancy. World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion. Volume 27, Issue 2, 30 June 2017, Pages 57-61

(2017) Chinese Acupuncture in Treatment of Bell’s Palsy Clinical Study.

'Conclusion: The electro-acupuncture in treatment of acute stage peripheral facial paralysis is effective and the improvement in the young age group shows very good improvement (compared to that of) old age

The acupuncture points used in this research were: body acupuncture; Yan bai (GB20), Jia che (ST6), Di cang (ST4), He gu (L14), Tai chong (LR3), Ju lia (ST3), and Cheng jiang (CV24). Modification: for pain behind the ear Ye feng (TE17) is added, for the inability to close the eye Yang bai (GB14), and Cuan zhu (BL2), are added, for flattening of nasolabial fold Shui gou (GV26) is added, for prolong duration of illness, Zu san li (ST36) is added. For pain, redness of eye with facial palsy, Si bai ST2) is added. '

However the study provides no information on  type of electroacupuncture carried out.

Mujlli, H.M. and Alqubati, A.S. (2017) Chinese Acupuncture in Treatment of Bell’s Palsy Clinical Study. Open Access Library Journal, 4: e3714. https://doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1103714

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