Education: Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy ,also known as idiopathic palsy, is a weakening of the facial nerve. The symptoms results in facial paralysis or weakness, numbness, and sometimes dry eyes and mouth. It can also cause intense pain. Bell’s Palsy affects 40,000 American a year, people who range between 20 and 35 years old. The cause of Bell’s palsy is not fully understood, the onset is often associated with a viral infection particularly primary infection with herpes simplex type 1, autoimmine disease, or Lyme disease. It develops suddenly and preceded several hours beforehand by pain behind the era on the effected side. Over 85 % of the people who develop Bell’s palsy recover in a year or less, and fewer than 20 % suffer recurrences. The disconcerting aspects of Bell’s palsy is its effect on ones expression, in mild cases the eyebrows may not lift symmetrically or it may be impossible to smile and show the teeth, or crocodile tears spontaneous crying with no emotional stimulus. It is essential to avoid self-diagnosis this condition because there is no specific test for this disorder. Doctors generally diagnose it by eliminating other potential causes of symptoms, as middle ear and parotid infections, cancer, mumps, stroke, and Lyme disease. Once Bell’s palsy is diagnosed than varios drug treatments are used. Herbs can increase the effectiveness of these treatments and help relieve specific symptoms. But do not delay treatment they should  be started during the first 72 hours after the symptoms begin. Some doctors prescribe a combination of a antiviral drug called acyclovir ( Zovirax ), with a steroid hormone, prednisone (Deltasone ),  Prenisone has a potential side effects,like high blood pressure which can worsen the disease. If your doctor has not prescribed prednisone  try taking licorice for 1 month. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which complements acyclovir in the same way prednisone does, but with fewer side effects. Be sure to monitor your blood pressure at least 1 x a week when taking either licorice or prednisone, than tell your doctor if you have 2 or more consecutive readings over 140/90.

Cloves increases the effectiveness of acyclovir ( Zovirax ) Take a essential oil of 5 to 10 drops in 1/4 c. water 3 x a day.

Kudzu, relieves muscle tension in the muscles of the face and neck not affected by palsy. take 10mg tablets 3 x a day.

Licorice, prevents progression of pasly to paralysis, stops crocodile tears. Consume potassium rich foods like bananas, citrus juices, when taken this herb.  Warning, do not use licorice if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, estrogen sensitive disoreder as breast cancer, fibrocysic breast, or endometriosis.   NOTE:  Always consult your doctor before trying any herbal use.



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