Last Modified on Aug 26, 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
[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.
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Need to know if any ayurvedic treatment are available for Bells Palsy?
Hello, 4 year ago I suffered from facial palsy... And now my mouth is traction one side.... if there is any solution for such contact me as soon as possible.
I did not feel hurt or pain w/ my bell's palsy, sometimes I feel numb here at my lower cheek, the only thing that I did was to hot compress to my face, massage every night, and i'll take polynerv 500mg. Is this helpful for me? I want to try this habbatus sauda, black seed oil, and kilonji oil, is this available in all drug store? And what are the procedures for this? Mr. Ted, I need ur help, pls?
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[YEA] My son had bell palsy 4 times. The first time he has when he was 6 yrs old, and Dr gave him steroid and he recovered. The 2nd time, he had it when he was 9 yrs old and again Dr gave him steroid but it took 2 mths before he recovered. The 3rd time, had when he was 11 yrs old, and Dr gave him steroid and he had to go for MRI, blood test etc, and the results came out negative but it took him 6 mths to recover, and he had to go for accupressure and craniasacral treatment. At 12 yrs old, got it again, and given steroid but no changes so this time I gave him black seed oil, habbatus sauda, kalonji oil for 2 mths, 450 mg 3x a day , his face is back to normal.
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[YEA] I successfully used castor oil packs for Bells Palsy which my co- worker contracted. I was beginning to have double vision and my eyes were inflamed. I used the pack on both eyes one hour nightly for 3 nights but the directions called for 4 nights. Well, I got busy and didn't do the 4th night and the symptoms returned until I completed the 4 nights in a row...No more problem at all.
Also, for me the packs are a great pain reliever. I used just the castor oil right on my cheek when I had an infected tooth. Still had to go to a dentist but CO stopped the pain immediately!
Also, used it to remove a wart on my son's toe. Each night applied CO put a sock on him until the wart was gone which was less than a week.
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Fountain Inn, Sc
[YEA] When I was about 6 years old (over 40 years ago), I had Bells Palsy. My mother took me to a chiroprator for a few sessions and I was cured.
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Queens, New York
Hi, I developed a facial palsy about 5 years ago. I only recovered about 50-60%. I don't have any drooping on my face, but my smile is still very lopsided. Also, when I smile, the eye on the affected side tries to close, and my chin is still dimpled. Last, every time I catch a cold or any kind of upper respiratory infection, I get pain behind my ear in the exact same spot as when the palsy first started. Do you think I could benefit from using the colloidal silver at this point so much later? Thanks for any advice you may have.
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[SIDE EFFECTS] I awoke about a year ago with one side of my face severely swollen and paralyzed. My ear was bothering me and I thought it was just a very bad ear infection. When I went to my doctor he said I had Bells Palsy and it should go away in a few weeks to months. He also asked if I had been in an accident. After three months of getting no better, I went to my chiropractor and she took xrays stating that I had been in an accident. I thougth car wreck when I heard that and insisted that "no" I had not been in an accident. She showed me the xray showing whip lash. I thought about it and recalled that 2 days before I woke up swollen my daughter had been swinging her arms as we walked through the park.. she caught my chin and in one swoop my teeth hit together hard. She saw what she had done and began crying. I checked my teeth then forgot about it.. trying to console her. I had no pain, no apparent cracked teeth and no bleeding.. so I forgot about it until I saw that I had pain free whiplash: I had asked my doctor if a neglected tooth could've caused my problem.. I also asked my dentist.. they both said "no." I had the tooth in question fixed after 3 months of looking like a monster. My face "centered" within hours. again.. no pain at all. the root canal failed in 2 months.. I still had a palsy.. long story short, for a year I had to go into the dentist and convince him that I had a fracture in a tooth.. 5 teeth were removed as a root canal does not hold in a cracked root. I also went to Quantum Energetics and discovered some bone toxins from my bouts with the cracked roots that apparently do not show up on dental x rays but DO cause a seepage of infection. After the last tooth and QE and a year, I now have most of my smile back. I spent a year looking like a monster and paying repeatedly for dentist visits to convince them I needed my teeth pulled.. each time that was the only thing that made me better. Now I know that a cracked root is something they cannot see.. .a tooth problem contrary to what they told me CAN cause Bells Palsy and I probably would've become very very sick from all the dental poisons had I not done my own research and insisted on what needed to be done.
Please ascertain that your "Bells Palsy" is not from a dental problem.. also check for lyme disease and try a natural antiviral.. I hate that anyone else is suffering as I did.. it's hurtful.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I know for me Bell's Palsy had nothing to do with chicken pox, shingles, cold sores virus etc. I've never suffered from any of that. I also don't have Lyme's Disease. Dental doesn't seem to be a concern either. I did help lift a person who grabbed my neck to assist in the lifting, and then 2 days later woke up with a pain in the base of my skull and cramps behind my ear. About 15 minutes later my mouth went numb and I had trouble blinking my eye. Next thing I knew, my right side was paralyzed from moving but I never lost any feeling. My hearing in my right ear became super-human. Someone whispers and it sounds like they are screaming. I tried a chiropractor and it seemed to make matters worse for me, but I don't want to discourage anyone from seeking that as an option. In my case I believed a pinched nerve or something like that was the culprit. So I started a daily routine 6 weeks ago. WATER ONLY. I've drank nothing but water. Organic fruit and vegetables. Started taking sublingual B-12, B-12 tabs, Lysine, Calcium, Flax Oil, Omega-3 and B-6. These I found at Walmart for reasonable prices. I doubled the recommended doses for myself, and I took as much B-12 as I could stand because it's supposed to be harmless. I then started taking Colloidal Silver immediately, which was just a precaution in the event that I somehow had an infection. I could only find Colloidal Silver in a healthfood store, but Walgreen's offered to order it for me. I just didn't want to wait for it. I fasted for a day, drinking water when I felt hungry.
I don't know if any of this truly worked for me or not, it may be a placebo effect or just natural course, but I'm 6 weeks in and I've regained the ability to move my nostril, my speech is no longer slurred, I can blink my eye with no problem. I still can't lift my eyebrow, and when I smile my right corner still droops. Did the vitamins and diet work? I don't know. Was it the chiropractor? I don't know either. I'm still going to continue taking them cause even if they didn't work, they made me feel as though I was doing something to better myself. I also used a back massager and massaged my face every 2 hours to stimulate the nerves. I practice A E I O U and exagerate the formation of the letters with my mouth. I hold my eyebrow in place as I mentally think about lifting them, and then lift my left one. I do the same with the corner of my mouth. I've still got some recovering to do. I know B-12 and B-6 are good for your nerve endings and muscles. For a few bucks it's worth a try right?
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I would like to ask or to know if there is a chance to be back into normal for my bell's palsy? I have suffered almost 38 years....
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Prague, Czech Republic
Hi, I had Bells Palsy twice, once when I was 9 months old and again when I was 6. It went away, but left my right side of my mouth a little turned down, my eye smaller than my left.
I am now 52 and have had times, especially when stressed or tired, that I have a lump next to my mouth, below my cheek. Lately in social situations, when drinking some wine and being tired, people ask me what is wrong. I am wishing to do something about it and trying to see if minor plastic surgery will help. I am nervous that it might cause more nerve damage. My face is extremely puffy, especially on my right side. Does anyone have this problem with one spot and have ideas to deal with it? I try to do the BP exercises, but seem to notice my face getting more heavy and my ear full.
Hello. I had bell's palsy when I was 15. The whole right side of my face drooped as if I had a stroke. I couldn't eat or drink without stuff falling out of my mouth because I only had control of half of it. My right eyelid sagged so low that I could barely see out of it.
My dad took me to a clinic that gave me an I.V. Drip of something that made it go away after about 4 treatments. (I was afraid to ask what it was because I'm terrified of needles, sorry! ) However, I'm 26 now and it left some nerves damaged, or they grew back incorrectly, because whenever I smile, my right eye closes involuntarily. Does anyone know how to reverse nerve damage from bell's palsy?
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Syracuse, Ny, United States
Bells Palsy: On the day after I returned from Cyprus, I woke up with it. It felt like a cheap soap had tightened my skin, but on the muscles on my face. I couldn`t move the right side of my face, like someone had drawn a line down my nose and from then on, nothing! I went to the base doctor, and was told I had bells palsy...that they did not know the cause, and there was no cure for it. My life took a drastic change for obvious social reasons. I guess I spent about the next three or so years without being very social at all. It did a lot to my self image for sure. Many years later on tv, I saw a lady that had the same thing. One thing to remember about this for those that have it....
Today, though I never got any cure, and years later it became less severe, I have discovered the lack of wrinkles over the entire right side of my face, which seems to confuse people in judging my age! I read a little on your site which I`ll read more of later, but I just wanted to get this off my chest. Today I still have no actual cause or cure, and my right eye tends to water when food has a strong flavour. Best regards, David.
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