Last Modified on Feb 06, 2015
If you have Bell’s palsy, you likely felt fine one day and woke up the next with this mysterious neurological disease. However the condition progressed in its onset for you, you do have treatment options. Castor oil, black seed oil, and turmeric are supplemental options that seem beneficial to the condition as are therapeutic treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic care.
What Is Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy is characterized by sudden weakness in the facial muscles. Affecting just one side of your face, the condition makes half of your face seem to droop.
The symptoms of Bell’s palsy come on suddenly and include a variety of conditions in conjunction with muscular weakness. Difficulty making facial expressions, pain near your jaw and in or behind your ear, increased sensitivity to sound on your affected side, headache, decreased taste, and changes in the amount of tears and saliva you produce are all common side effects.
What Causes Bell’s Palsy?
The exact reason for most cases of Bell’s palsy is unclear; however, it is often linked to an individual’s exposure to viral infection. Common viral conditions that may be linked to the condition include cold sores and genital herpes, chickenpox and shingles, mono, cytomegalovirus infections, respiratory illness, measles, mumps, flu, and hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The muscular weakness is caused by the inflammation of the nerve that controls your facial muscles.
How Is Facial Palsy Typically Treated?
While most individuals recover from the condition with or without treatment, doctors sometimes prescribe different treatment options to speed recovery. Your doctor may suggest treatment such as corticosteroids, antiviral drugs, or even physical therapy.
Do Natural Remedies Work?
Depending on your medical supervision you may be able to stick strictly to natural treatments. Castor oil, black seed oil, and turmeric seem to be effective supplemental options while acupuncture and chiropractic care are also considered effective.
1. Castor Oil
Castor oil packs, Edgar Cayce's famous remedy, can help reduce inflammation and heals nerve damage. The oil also strengthens your facial muscles and maintains your skins elasticity.
2. Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil, taken internally also helps reduce swelling in the nerves and face. This treatment also promotes circulation and stimulates full nerve recovery.
The spice Turmeric is another anti-inflammatory agent. Taken internally, it reduces the inflammation in your face and encourages healthy blood and lymph flow to eradicate infection.
These treatments can help you recover more quickly and more fully from Bell’s Palsy. Please let us know if any natural cures worked for you or if you have a new one to recommend. Continue reading below for additional natural remedies from our readers!
[NAY] I am 2 months into dealing withc Bell's Palsy and have had limited success. Was given steroids and anti virals for the first week. Have had 20 acupuncture treatments. My biggest problem is I still can't close my right eye. I would appreciate any suggestions that seem to work. Thanks, Don J
Replied by Mama to Many
06/26/2014Posted by Patricia (Denver, Co) on 08/19/2011
[YEA] I went to a doctor for bells palsy and he said the only thing he could do was give me a steroid shot which did nothing. Days later I went to an accupuncturist who told me she had good results with this condition, but it may take several sessions. I must have been lucky because I had one session and my face was completely back to normal. Accupuncture is wonderful for many things.Replied by Sue
Chapel Hill, Nc