Alternative Medicine for Bell's Palsy Johnson City TN

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.

Julia M. Thie
(423) 239-7044
4229 Fort Henry Drive
Kingsport, TN
 
Veterinary Medical Center
(423) 282-4113
205 Princeton Rd
Johnson City, TN

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Cherokee Hospital for Animals
(423) 928-7272
708 Cherokee Rd.
Johnson City, TN

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Baker Family Chiropractic
(423) 354-0100
3209 Hwy 126
Blountville, TN

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Arnold O Hopland
(423) 722-2057
401 E Main St
Johnson City, TN
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Preventive Medicine

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Purelife Chiropractic
(423) 434-2080
217 E Springbrook Dr, Suite # 1
Johnson City, TN

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Jim N. Brantner
(423) 283-0323
302 Wesley Street
Johnson City, TN
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Cosmetic Surgery
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Oakland Chiropractic
(423) 302-0943
501 W Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN

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Mary Y Wyche
(423) 282-2542
2406 Susannah Street
Johnson City, TN
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General Practice

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Stephanie C Manginelli
(423) 282-8070
2514 Wesley St
Johnson City, TN
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Family Practice

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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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