Acupuncture treatment for Bell’s Palsy can improve functionality for those suffering from facial paralysis.

What is Bell’s Palsy

Nearly 40,000 people in the United States will be affected by a temporary paralysis of the face known as Bell’s Palsy. The condition often comes as a shock, overnight, as most patients wake with facial muscles paralyzed, usually on one side of the face. Symptoms include swelling and inflammation that affect the symmetry of the face, making it hard to generate expressions like smiling or closing eyes. Speech may become slurred, eyes may tear, and a mild numbness and pain might be felt in the affected area. The source behind the drooping muscles is thought to be a result of temporary damage to the cranial facial nerve, controlling the muscles on one side of the face.


While people with Bell’s Palsy experience difficulty with smiling, eating, speaking effectively, crying and closing their eyes, the symptoms in most cases may pass within a few weeks. As the condition begins to alleviate, there are several natural remedies that can improve and quicken the recovery process. One of which, acupuncture is known to promote effective functioning of the nervous system and prevent stress (which may exacerbate Bell’s Palsy). For thousands of years acupuncture has been used to assist in Bell’s Palsy recovery by addressing an underlying deficiency in qi (one’s inherent energy). Through treatment, qi (pronounced “chee”) is invigorated as blood circulation is promoted to the face.

Now considered a mainstream option for several medical conditions, acupuncture is proving to be effective in treating and managing Bell’s Palsy. Studies have shown that acupuncture may provide up 60-70% improvement rates – even for those experiencing chronic Bell’s Palsy.

When singer Carnie Wilson was suffering from Bell’s Palsy in 2013, she took to Twitter to share her joy of acupuncture treatment while recovering: “…Who believes in Acupuncture? I’m treating my Bell’s Palsy with it. IT’S WORKING.”

At Aligned Modern Health, our team of acupuncturists have extensive experience with Bell’s Palsy and treat every patient as an individual. Rather than just looking at your physical symptoms, we consider all aspects of your life to view your health in the context of you as a whole person. Acupuncture should always be done by a qualified professional. Our team of acupuncturists all hold a Masters or Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from the top acupuncture schools in the world.  Click here to learn about our clinics located in eight convenient Chicago neighborhoods and to schedule a complimentary consultation.