Acupuncture Improves Bell's Palsy?

Acupuncture Improves Bell's Palsy?

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Research undertaken at the Key Laboratory of Neurological Diseases of Chinese Ministry of Education in Wuhan, Hubei has looked at the effectiveness of the use of ‘intense’ acupuncture on patients suffering from Bell’s Palsy - a temporary facial paralysis that typically affects one side of the face and lasts for several weeks.

The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal was undertaken using a technique known as ‘de qi’ acupuncture – that involves wiggling the acupuncture needles – has shown that patients with this form of facial paralysis saw greater improvements in function than after normal acupuncture treatment.

De qi as a term normally refers to the sensation that occurs when an acupuncture needle is inserted – numbness or tingling – and if this sensation has not been achieved various manual manipulation techniques such as trembling or shaking it – in order to achieve this as they believe that it ensures that patients get the best therapeutic benefits.

{The traditional Chinese theory of acupuncture emphasizes that the intensity of acupuncture must reach a threshold to generate de qi, which is necessary to achieve the best therapeutic effect.}

This research indicates a more positive outcome for acupuncture – if this wiggling of the needles takes place.

Lead researcher, Dr. Wei Wang explained;

“De qi should be considered to be included in clinical guidelines for acupuncture treatment."

The researchers found that almost all of the respondents given the de qi treatments (94%) completely recovered their facial function by the end of six months. In the normal acupuncture group only three quarters of the patients did so (77%).


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