A condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in one side of the face, Bell’s palsy is the most common cause of facial paralysis.
Symptoms vary from person to person and the weakness on one side of the face can be described as partial palsy (a mild muscle weakness) and complete palsy (which is no movement at all), although this is very rare.
The condition can also affect the eyelid and the mouth, resulting in difficulty closing and opening the mouth, and in rare cases it can affect both sides of a person’s face.
Bell’s Palsy is only diagnosed once other possible causes of these particular symptoms are ruled out, for example stroke or tumor.
Affecting around 1 in 5,000 people year, the illness more commonly affects those aged between 15 and 45 and both men and women can suffer from it.
It is also more common in pregnant women, as well as those with diabetes and HIV, for reasons that are not yet fully understood.
Symptoms of Bell’s palsy can vary, ranging from a mild numbness of the face to total paralysis, usually developing within 48 hours.
Look out for the following symptoms:
- Weakness or paralysis in one side of the face, which may make it difficult to close the eyelid and cause the side of the mouth to droop and cause impaired speech
- Irritation of the affected eye, resulting in dryness or increased tear production
- Pain underneath the ear on the affected side of the face
- An altered or reduced sense of taste
- Increased sensitivity to sound in the affected ear
- Drooling from the mouth on the affected side of the face
- Mouth dryness
- Pain around the jaw
- Ringing in one or both ears
- Difficulty eating/drinking
Be aware, though, that in most cases of Bell’s palsy, symptoms will begin to improve within three weeks.
The illness is believed to occur when the nerve that controls the muscles in the face becomes compressed. Although the exact cause is unknown, it’s believed to be because the facial nerve becomes inflamed – due to viral infection and variants of the herpes virus are thought to be responsible.
Around 7 out of 10 people with the condition make a complete recovery, either with or without treatment, but the recovery time varies from person-to-person.
Complications relating to the illness can include speech problems, a reduced sense of tense and the permanent tensing of facial muscles.
As well as giving a detox a go, serious dietary changes can be made to help the condition. As an acidic body exists in cases of Bell’s palsy, a raw foods diet of fresh, raw and organic fruit and veg is thought to be affective, with a detox approximately every 60 days.
Try distilled alkaline water, which offers effective healing.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
Some beneficial supplements in the treatment of Bell’s palsy are below:
Vitamin B-12 is believed to be among the most helpful supplements in treating this health problem. It has been used in treating a variety of nerve disorders and can help speed up recovery.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is also believed to be helpful, as are essential fatty acids, bromelain and garlic, due to their strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription drugs are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Some health practitioners recommend reiki, meditation and massage for Bell’s palsy and stroke victims, as it is known to increase independence.
Try massaging the side of the face (above the eye down to the chin, behind the ear) and specifically the 7th cranial nerve (just below the cheek bone) to help soothe pain and discomfort.
Do this for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of good intention reiki, morning and night.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
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Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
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Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Acupuncture demo for Bell’s palsy tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=3D10F27C0DD164C21780F9ED9151F2A0
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Bell’s Palsy Natural Treatments and Cures [Paperback] by Johnathan Porter
Home remedies for Bell’s palsy http://www.livestrong.com/article/195671-home-remedies-for-bells-palsy/
Yoga therapy for Bell’s palsy http://www.livestrong.com/article/375655-yoga-therapy-bells-palsy/
Supplements for Bell’s palsy http://www.livestrong.com/article/543401-supplements-for-bells-palsy/
Herbal treatments for Bell’s palsy http://www.livestrong.com/article/460621-herbal-treatment-for-bells-palsy/
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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