Guidelines for Patients with Bell’s Palsy

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Patients who suffer from facial paralysis should:

  • Avoid washing their face with cold water. 
  • Avoid direct blowing.
  • Pay attention to weather change and dress accordingly to prevent colds.
  • Exercise properly to strengthen the body.

Protect your Eyes

Patients with facial paralysis are prone to intraocular infection and corneal damage due to  incomplete eyelid closure blink movement and delayed corneal reflex and prolonged exposure of the cornea. It is advisable to: 


  • Watch less TV and mobile phone during the illness.
  • Avoid driving for a long time and reduce the use of eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses when going out.
  • Avoid strong light irradiation.
  •  Drop some lubricating and anti-inflammatory eye drops.

Exercises

The patient can exercise the paralyzed lateral muscles in the mirror:


  • By lifting the forehead, frowning, closing eyes, opening eyes, shrugging, smiling, teeth grinding, and whistling (this can be done 2-3 times a day until feel tired).
  • Then massage the affected side muscles 5-10 minutes each time to promote local blood circulation.

  • Apply warm and wet towels to your face at home, 1-2 times a day for 10-15 minutes. This will help with pain and swelling around the ear and the buccal area while promoting blood circulation. 

Nutrition

  • Patients should eat less mutton, seafood, pepper, and other raw, cold, and stimulating food. 

Sleeping

It is also recommended to:

  • Have adequate sleep as it can help to recover faster (at least 7-8 hours/ night).
  • Establish good sleep habits. Go to bed around the same time every night.  
  • Wear eye masks or cover gauze to protect the eyes while sleeping.  
  • Avoid stressful situation.

Acupressure for Longevity

Every day we face a lot of stress that can affect our health in the future if we do not release it as soon as possible.


We offer you the following tips to help you to have a healthier constitution and a fresh attitude to face a complicated situation such as a long day at work.


It is important to start your day before you get up with these five acupuncture points:

  • Large Intestine 4
  • Large Intestine 11
  • Pericardium 6
  • Stomach 36
  • Spleen 6


Please press these five acupuncture points 20 to 30 times daily with medium force.

 

Large Intestine: LI-4

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  • Frees the channels and quickens the network vessels


  • Relieves pain and quiets the spirit

Large Intestine: LI-11

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  • Harmonizes qi and blood


  • Eliminates water-dampness

Pericardium: PC-6

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  • Clears heat and eliminates vexation


  • Harmonizes the stomach and relieves pain

Stomach: ST-36

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  • Dispels evil and prevents diseases


  • Harmonizes the intestines


  • Frees and regulates qi and blood of the channels

Spleen: SP-6

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  • Fortifies the spleen and inhibits dampness


  • Regulates the liver and the kidney

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