Bells Palsy

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Bells Palsy Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for bells palsy. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "bells palsy" is rarely designed with the resulting "bells palsy" exclusively in mind.

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "bells palsy", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - blood stagnation, liver blood stagnation, lung wind invasion - wind cold, lung wind invasion - wind heat, spleen qi deficiency among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for bells palsy are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for bell's palsy - treatment protocols " .

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at C4 (Sides of Spine at C4)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C4 innervates the areas of the mouth, jaw and chin.  May be…
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  • LU 7 (Broken Sequence)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid pro…
    Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scrat…
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  • SI 18 (Cheek Bone Hole)
    Directly below the outer canthus of the eye in a depression…
    Local point for facial disorders, Bell's palsy, trigeminal …
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  • ST 2 (Four Whites)
    Below the pupil, in a depression at the infraorbital forame…
    Any eye problem - red, painful and/or itchy eyes, excessive…
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  • ST 3 (Great Bone-Hole)
    Directly below the pupil in a depression at the level of th…
    Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the …
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  • ST 6 (Jawbone)
    One finger width anterior and superior to the angle of the …
    Eliminate wind from the face - TMJ, toothache, Bell's palsy…
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  • ST 42 (Surging Yang)
    Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals and the cuneiform bone,…
    Issues on the upper end of the channel (i.e. mouth/face/hea…
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  • ST 44 (Inner Court)
    Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatars…
    Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ …
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  • ST 45 (Severe Mouth)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral s…
    Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and orga…
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "bells palsy", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Bell's Palsy ".

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