In the September 2017 edition of Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie hails acupuncture for her full recovery from temporary facial paralysis:
“Last year, in addition to hypertension, Jolie developed Bell’s palsy, a result of damage to facial nerves, causing one side of her face to droop. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she says, “until it manifests itself in their own health.” Jolie credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the condition.”
It’s great to see acupuncture highlighted for Bell’s Palsy; as a facial acupuncturist, it’s a subject that I’ve researched a lot over the years, particularly whilst writing my second book Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Clinical Use and Application:
‘Bell’s palsy is an acute peripheral unilateral facial weakness or paralysis with an as yet unknown cause.’ (Xia, F. et al. 2011, p.1) At the time of writing a study was published highlighting the positive effect of De-Qi for patients with early onset Bells Palsy… Points included GB14, ST4, ST6, ST7 and TH17 on the affected side and LI4 on both sides. Six months following treatment, it was found that acupuncture with De-Qi ‘improved facial muscle recovery, disability and quality of life among patients with Bell palsy. Stronger intensity of De-Qi was associated with better therapeutic effects.’ (Xu, S.B. et al. 2013, p.5)
Xia, F., Han, J., Liu, X., Wang, J., et al. (2011) ‘Prednisolone and acupuncture in Bell’s palsy: study protocol for a randomized, controlled trial.’ Trials 12, 158.
Xu, S-B., Huang, B., Zhang, C-Y., Du, P., et al. (2013) ‘Effectiveness of strengthened stimulation during acupuncture for the treatment of Bell palsy: a randomized controlled trial.’ Canadian Medical Association Journal 10, 1503.