Acupuncture Treats Bell’s Palsy (Half Facial Paralysis) at Anoka Pain and Women’s Health

What Is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy occurs to half the face and is due to weakened facial muscles. Usually once first notices they cannot smile, drink without dribbling from one side of mouth or are unable to cry. It usually comes on suddenly, often one will just wake up one day to these symptoms without any warning ahead of time. 

Acupuncture treats Half-Sided Facial Paralysis (aka Bell’s Palsy) and facial tics.

Causes of Bell’s Palsy:

Damage to seventh Cranial Nerve can lead to Bell’s Palsy and for some reason viral infections often coincide with the onset.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the cause is seen as being due to the body falling under attack by external wind which strikes and is granted access to the interior of the body when the immunity is weakened. 

Who Gets Bell’s Palsy?

  • Pregnant Women
  • Adults in their 20’s
  • Diabetics
  • Elderly

Signs/ Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy:

  • Half-sided Facial Paralysis
  • Half-Sided Facial Droop
  • Eyelid or Mouth Droop on One side
    • Dribbling while Drinking 
    • Difficulty Smiling


Could this be a Stroke?

Of course, watch for signs/ symptoms of Stroke, such as inability to smile on one side, along with weakness in one hand (squeeze both hands to test for one weak side) or difficulty balancing (hold hand out in front at same level to test). A local police officer friend of mine coined it the “Frankenstein Test” for this reason. Of course, any new and sudden cognitive difficulty should be considered an emergency.

Points Used for Bell’s Palsy:

Licensed Acupuncturists needle Acupuncture points, Motor Points and Trigger Points in order to relieve half-face muscle paralysis and facial tics which may accompany Bell’s Palsy, especially if condition has become chronic.

When to Get Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy:

Acupuncture works best when Bell’s Palsy patients get in as soon as possible after diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy. Acupuncture can also help those with symptoms of chronic Bell’s Palsy or facial tics which may come and go with stress.

Where Are Needles Placed for Bell’s Palsy?

Acupuncture points are located mostly on the face, though some are located distally on the arms and legs in order to treat the individual as he/ she presents with their overall constitution.

Will Acupuncture Needles Hurt?

Acupuncture needling in the facial area involves using thinner needles designed to treat the more delicate and sensitive areas such as the muscles of the face and for this reason there should be no pain. If you do feel pain, tell your licensed Acupuncturist so she/ he may readjust the needle. 

Acupuncture Treatment for Paralysis And Loss of Sensation Post-Stroke:

Acupuncture also is used for Stroke and is widely used in China for this reason, where patients are given acupuncture treatment as soon as they are stabilized following stroke. In China, acupuncture has been integrated into the hospital and is considered part of the patient’s medical treatment. Acupuncture is considered useful medicine by most of the world’s population. This is interesting to many Westerners who think of Acupuncture as an alternative medicine. 

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Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS. She treats patients with Bell’s Palsy, Facial Tics and other Skin issues. 

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 E Main near Andover, MN.


This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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