bells palsy

Treat Bell’s Palsy Naturally

Bell’s palsy is the name for facial paralysis caused by inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve, the nerve that controls the face. Often only one side of the face is affected and symptoms come on suddenly and painlessly. Anyone can develop Bell’s palsy, but it’s most common in women who are pregnant and those who are diabetic, have hypertension, or those who have or have recently had a respiratory infection.

 

How do I know if I have Bell’s palsy?

  • Drooping mouth
  • Inability to smile correctlly
  • Drooling
  • Inability to close the affected eye
  • Tearing
  • Inability to taste foods correctly
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle spasms
  • Vertigo
  • Slurred speech
  • Stuffed or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Hearing loss
  • Pain in or near the ear
  • Difficulty eating and drinking
  • Facial swelling

 

How do I prevent Bell’s palsy?

While you cannot always prevent Bell’s palsy, it is highly suggested to reduce as much stress in your life as possible as this can lead to inflammation which will cause Bell’s palsy.

 

How can I treat Bell’s Palsy?

  • Ginger and turmeric are natural anti-inflammatories and will help to bring down the swelling that is pressing on the nerves.
  • Cod liver oil or fish oil supplements can be taken to help repair the nerve sheath that has likely been damaged.
  • Blueberries are an excellent anti-inflammatory and also have anti-oxidants that boost healing.
  • Licorice root is has a similar effect as the commonly prescribed steroid medications.
  • Reduce stress through meditation and activities such as yoga.
  • Acupuncture and biofeedback have both been shown to help speed recovery, as has chiropractic care.
  • Facial massage has been shown to help soothe pain and stimulate the affected side.
  • Vitamin A should be eaten to help alleviate symptoms.
  • Protect the affected eye with glasses, an eye patch and artificial tears.
  • Up your intake of the B vitamins to help with nerve health.
  • Apply moist heat to help control pain.
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