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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. 

What Other Skin Issues Can Acupuncture Treat?

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 atAnokaAcupuncture.com

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

DISCLAIMER

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.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.

Overwhelmed? Can’t Add Anymore Supplements to Your Diet Routine? Still Want to Add Enzymes to Your Diet?…

No Worries.

Eat Enzyme-Rich Foods Instead!

 

Still Not Convinced You Need to Eat Enzyme-Rich Foods?

Why You Should be Eating Enzyme-Rich Foods:

  • Better Energy
  • Better Mood
  • Better Immunity
  • Relief of Digestive Upset
  • Enzyme Function Decreases with Age

 

Enzyme-Rich Foods:

Avocado

Bee pollen

Raw, unfiltered, local Honey

Miso soup (eat prior to meal)

Kefir and Sauerkraut are great fermented foods (be sure not pasteurized if purchasing).

Fruits like papaya and pineapple have naturally-occurring papain and bromelain enzymes in them.

(Bromelain is well-known for improving Arthritis pain by lowering inflammation).

 

Signs You May Need to Supplement with Digestive Enzymes

 

Enzyme-Rich Beverages: 

It may be easier for you to add enzyme-rich drinks to your diet. Just be careful of too much sugar, even in Kombucha.

(Some dentists recommend using a straw to protect the teeth’s enamel from the corrosive effects of carbonation).

Drinks like Wheat grass juice, Coconut water, Kefir and Kombucha are great ways to add live enzymes. Just be sure there are no added sugars other than naturally-occurring sugar.

 

What to Watch Out For in a Digestive Enzyme Product

 

A Note of Caution:

Start out slowly with Probiotics in supplement form as well as Probiotic-rich foods, as they can have a powerful effect on digestion. As always, check with your doctor before making a major change to your diet or starting any new supplement such as Probiotics or Enzymes.

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Acupuncture is good at treating pain and inflammation. Aleesha treats digestion issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.

DISCLAIMER

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.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

 

Warning: We will be Talking About Poop!…

What’s the Difference between Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics?

 

Should I Take Probiotics or Digestive Enzymes?

First, lets find out the difference between the two. How do they work? What are the Signs and Symptoms of Deficient Enzymes vs Imbalanced Probiotics within the body?…

 

What are Digestive Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are proteins made in the GI tract to break down food so it can be digested and used by the body.

So, Digestive Enzymes Help You Digest Your Food.

  • From Raw Foods
  • From Supplements
  • Not Alive

(Only Alive in Food form, not supplement form)

 

So, if the Body Makes Enzymes, Why Supplement?

Though made in the GI, eating processed foods in place of raw foods, lowers these enzymes needed for proper digestion. There is an epidemic of processed foods in the Modern diet. This is why we hear so much about supplementing with digestive enzymes today. Enzymes Improve Poor Digestion.

 

What Do Digestive Enzymes Help?

  • Help break down foods & Improve Energy
  • Improve nutrients absorbed from food
  • Lack of Stomach acid (breaks down food)
  • Lack of Pepsin (breaks down food)

 

How Enzymes Help:

Digestive Enzymes assist your body when there is impaired ability to break down any of the three major macros in your food.

Essentially, digestive enzymes help you turn these into energy…

Macros- 3 main types of nutrients found in foods:

  1. Proteins
  2. Fats
  3. Carbohydrates

Macros & Specific Enzymes that Help Digestion:

  1. Protein (Proteases)
  2. Fats (Lipases)
  3. Carbohydrates (Amylases)

(Unless you know which specific macro your body needs help with, look for digestive enzymes to help you digest all Three).

 

Signs & Symptoms of Deficient Enzymes:

Look for Signs in Your Stool:

  • Pale or floating stool
  • Diarrhea (within 1 hour of meals)
  • Undigested food in stool (within 1 hour of meals)
  • streaking, fatty deposits of stool left in toilet
  • Lowered Immunity

Look for Digestive Symptoms:

  • Abdominal bloating after meals
  • Gas after meals
  • Acid reflux

Diagnosed Disease or Deficiencies:

  • Vitamin D
  • B-12 Deficiency
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Liver disease
  • Leaky Gut
  • IBS

Deficiencies or Diseases dealing with malabsorption issues may result in becoming more prone to Digestive Enzyme Deficiency.

Where Digestive Enzymes are Located in Your Body:

  • Saliva
  • Stomach
  • Upper GI tract
  • (Helping) the entire GI tract

How to Use Digestive Enzymes?

  • Take 20-30 minutes prior to meal
  • Take half dose before and half dose with first bite (if this seems to help)
  • Take with meals that tend to cause digestive upset (avoid these foods when you can)

What to Watch Out for in Digestive Enzyme Supplements:

Be sure the product is a practitioner- quality supplement. You want Digestive Enzymes without added fillers, free from common allergens such as; gluten, wheat, corn, milk, eggs, fish, tree nuts, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Individuals who already have impaired digestion are more prone to sensitivities of one of more of the above-mentioned additives.

Aleesha D Acupuncture carries practitioner-grade brands of Digestive Enzyme Supplements which are free of additives and fillers.

Probiotics—

What are Probiotics?

Bacteria that live mostly in the lower GI tract. These are good bacteria that fight the bad bacteria. This good bacteria is easily wiped out by antibiotics taken. Probiotics are living organisms.

  • Protect Digestive Tract from Harmful bacteria
  • Alive

Where are Probiotics?

Probiotics are mostly in the small and large intestines.

 

More on Probiotics Here

What Are Prebiotics (coming soon)?

 

Should I Take Probiotics or Digestive Enzymes?

Take Enzymes for: Breaking Down the Nutrients in Food (Digestion Issues)

  • Low Immunity
  • Acid Reflux
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • IBS

Help with Digesting Foods

Take Probiotics for: Improving Microbial Balance in Intestinal Tract (Bacterial Imbalance Issues)

  • Low Immunity
  • Imbalanced Diet
  • Imbalanced Lifestyle
  • After Infection or Antibiotic use
  • Skin issues

How to Take Probiotics

Take Probiotic supplement with meal, right before meal or right after meal. This way the food provides some friendly bacteria

Aleesha D Acupuncture carries Probiotic supplements in practitioner-grade brands which are free of fillers and additives.

A Note of Caution:

Start out slowly with Probiotics in supplement for as well as Probiotic-rich foods, as they can have a powerful effect on digestion. If you start out taking too much, you will know… hello, Gas and Bloating!! If this happens, just back off of it or stop taking for a while until the symptoms subside. When you start taking again, use smaller dosage or try another brand. As always, check with your doctor before starting any new supplement such as Probiotics or Enzymes.

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats digestion issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.

DISCLAIMER

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.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Why Try Acupuncture for Allergies?

Acupuncture is a medical treatment for Allergies. Many choose acupuncture over medications to help keep their seasonal allergies under control, especially during Spring and Fall seasons when pollen from trees and flowers are at their peak.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Acupuncture: Alternative Treatment to Allergy Medication

Unlike over the counter medications, Acupuncture is a natural treatment for allergies and does not cause side effects, such as hours of drowsiness. Acupuncture is also not habit forming (addictive) like many nasal sprays. Acupuncture helps the body balance itself in Anoka.

Seasonal Allergies 

Spring is the time of suffering for many with seasonal allergies. Just as the last bit of snow melts to  release the molds and pollen, these are then carried by the wind into our lungs and sinus tissues.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies:

  • Sneezing
  • Facial pain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Sinus headaches
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sore throat (post-nasal drip)
  • Temporal headache (headache in the temples)

Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka treats allergy symptoms such as; sneezing, facial pain, sinus congestion, sinus headache, itching and watering eyes, sore throat due to post-nasal drip and temporal headaches.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Seasonal Allergies?

The body’s immune system reacts to allergens with an inflammatory response by making histamine. Histamine is the body’s reaction which causes all the allergy symptoms like itchy, watery eyes.

Acupuncture works by lowering inflammation in the body. Acupuncture helps many achieve relief of their sneezing, wheezing, watery, itching eyes and sinus congestion associated with seasonal allergies.

Allergies and Anxiety

Did you know that Anxiety often times occurs with allergies? Aleesha D Acupuncture treats Anxiety and Allergies with great success.

Allergies and Sinus Headaches 

Acupuncture treats sinus headaches and congestion due to seasonal allergies. Schedule with a licensed acupuncturist in your area. Be sure to ask if the acupuncturist is licensed for your safety.

Be sure to read next week’s blog; “What is Cupping?”

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. Read more about Aleesha’s story here.

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.

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha at AnokaAcupuncture.com

 

DISCLAIMER

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.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.