Retired maternity nurse who seldom set foot outside of home for the last ten years due to fear of falling over. Both ankles are swollen. Patient sleeps on a recline chair at night.
|Acupuncture for Bell's Palsy, image source|
One sided facial paralysis with stabbing pain. Skin looked red, angry and flaky. Constipation, lost of appetite.
Home visit was offered due to the mobility of patient. The effect from just one session of acupuncture was enough to provide immediate pain relieve. On the following visit, patient's facial symptoms had cleared. Second session was aimed at consolidating the treatment effect and improve digestion and bowel movement.
Dietary & lifestyle change:
Advised patient to increase fluids intake and take up light housework when possible. A referral was also made to the local 'falls group' to help with her psychological issues of going outside.
In China, bell's palsy is considered a 'mini stroke' and Acupuncture is the choice treatment. The sooner it is administered the better treatment outcome can be expected. In this case, the treatment result was remarkable good.
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