Bell’s Palsy is a condition that causes a temporary weakness or partial paralysis of the muscles in the face. It gets its name after famous anatomist Charles Bell. Bell’s Palsy is a common condition affecting all ages and both sexes.
The condition arises when the nerve, i.e. 8th cranial nerve that controls the facial muscles becomes inflamed, or swollen or compressed. Viral infections like Herpes Simplex, Herpes Zoster are often responsible. It may also happen due to sudden change of air from hot to extremely cold, and factors like stress, anxiety or trauma.
The onset is subacute, and the symptoms usually develop over few hours. There may be pain around the ear of affected side, before the loss of movement of that side developes. There is no objective loss of sensation on the affected side, but patient may feel numbness on that side. Initially the loss of movement may not be evident to patient himself, and may be noticed by the family members. The main symptoms are –
- Drooping/stiffness of one side of face.
- Difficulty in smiling.
- Difficulty in closing the eye of affected side
- Drooling of saliva.
- Loss of tear secretion on affected side.
- Difficulty in eating and drinking.
- Facial expressions like frowning are difficult to make.
- Muscle twitches.
- Sensitivity to sound.
- Loss of taste.
- Facial weakness.
Most of the patients recover spontaneously within 2-12 weeks, but elderly patients with complete facial palsy may have poor prognosis. If the recovery is slow for the first week, then also it predicts poor prognosis.
Additional measures to be taken:
- Apply eye patches to prevent dryness.
- Use warm and moist towel over face to relieve pain.
- Give facial massage.
Homeopathy for Bell’s palsy
At NainaHomeo Care, Bell’s Palsy is effectively treated with Homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic treatment for Bell’s Palsy can help in complete recovery without any side effects. The results may vary from person to person. Though the treatment should be taken after proper consulting with a homeopathic physician, frequently used medicines are Agaricus, Causticum, Cocculus, Nux vomica, Platina.