40,000 Americans every year develop Bell’s Palsy. Waking up to find half of your face paralyzed is understandably a huge shock and a devastating experience. Bell’s Palsy is a neurological disorder seemingly caused by damage to the specific facial nerve in control of the muscles on one side of your face. It most often happens from something as simple as overexposure to air conditioning or from a cold draft coming through. So people get it during both the summer and winter.
The good news is that acupuncture is specifically well-equipped to deal with nerve issues. Because acupuncture restores the natural flow of Qi in the meridians, it revives the nerves to their original function. A series of acupuncture sessions can both speed up your recovery and make you feel better during the recovery period.
In fact, acupuncture is the most effective treatment for Bell’s palsy. The earlier you start treatment, the more likely you are to achieve full recovery. If you start acupuncture treatment within the first two weeks, you have the maximal chance for a full recovery. However, waiting longer both lowers the prospect of recovery and requires more sessions to get there. Dr. Shmidt has extensive experience with curing Bell’s palsy and helped hundreds of patients get rid of this painful condition.