Alternative Medicine for Bell's Palsy Hastings NE

Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as the steroid prednisone, and antiviral medications to reduce swelling in the affected facial nerve. But steroids can cause depression, blood thinning, and weight gain—and don’t always work.

James Hervert
(402) 463-2454
2115 N Kansas Ave
Hastings, NE
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Internal Medicine

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David Little
(402) 463-2454
2115 N Kansas Ave
Hastings, NE
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Internal Medicine

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Curtis D Reimer
(402) 462-8456
1021 W 14th St
Hastings, NE
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Family Practice

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David J Schram
(402) 462-8456
1021 W 14th St
Hastings, NE
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Family Practice

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Robert L Mastin
(402) 462-8456
1021 W 14th St
Hastings, NE
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John Edward Van Metre, MD
(402) 461-5261
715 N Kansas Ave Ste 205
Hastings, NE
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Family Practice, General Practice
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Ne
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James W Miller
(402) 462-8456
1021 W 14th St
Hastings, NE
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Family Practice

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Timothy C Zimmerman
(402) 462-8456
1021 W 14th St
Hastings, NE
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Family Practice

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Michael Edward Johnson
(402) 463-6781
606 N Minnesota Ave
Hastings, NE
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Family Practice

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Donald Frank Prince, MD
(308) 832-1786
4200 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
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General Practice, General Surgery
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Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1957
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Hospital: Hastings Regional Center, Hastings, Ne

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Bell's Palsy

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By Linda Childers

When Ally Crosson, 35, woke up one morning and found the left side of her face partially paralyzed, her first thought was that she’d had a stroke. “I was so frightened,” she says.

An emergency room visit revealed that Crosson was suffering from Bell’s palsy, a neurological disorder that affects 40,000 Americans each year. The facial paralysis, which usually lasts no more than a year, results from inflammation to the seventh (facial) cranial nerve. Although the cause of the inflammation remains elusive, researchers point to the herpes simplex virus (also responsible for cold sores) as the primary suspect.

The conventional Rx: Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as the steroid prednisone, and antiviral medications to reduce swelling in the affected facial nerve. But steroids can cause depression, blood thinning, and weight gain—and don’t always work.

The alternative rx: Acupuncture. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bell’s palsy can be caused by exposure to cold elements—not necessarily a virus. “Cold and dampness attack the network vessels, channels, or collaterals in the face,” says Kathleen Albertson, LAc, PhD, an acupuncturist, herbalist, and holistic nutritionist in Irvine, California. “If those are blocked, it can cause numbness, loss of muscle tone, or paralysis.” Albertson combines several types of acupuncture (such as traditional, electro, and moxibustion) with herbs (including the formulas Symmetry and Flex (NP) by Evergreen Herbs) for best results.

The outcome: After two weeks and six treatments, Crosson regained about 60 percent of muscle function in her face. She received acupuncture twice a week for six months and regained 95 percent of movement.

Author: Linda Childers

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