Some of the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy are numbness and paralysis in your lips, face, and eyes. Additional symptoms include:
- Increased sensitivity to sound
- The onset of weakness or paralysis on one side of the face that occurs suddenly, or over a period of 48 hours.
- Drooling and changes in amount of saliva produced
- Pain around the jaw
- Facial drooping in the corner of the mouth
- Pain behind the ear
- Decreased ability to taste
- Inability to close an eyelid
- Changes in quantity of tears produced
While a drug or pill may seem like a quick and effective remedy, keep in mind that all of these pharmaceutical drugs have negative side effects like nausea and potentially high blood pressure, which could make things even worse. If at all possible try one of these top 5 natural cures.
- Meditation and Relaxation. Several studies show that stress may exacerbate symptoms of Bell’s Palsy and Meditation and Yoga does the opposite. These stimulate your PNS or Parasympathetic nervous system and lowers your blood pressure, lowers your heart rate and increases your immune system. This leads to reduced muscle tension and chronic pain through particular breathing and movement exercises. I recommend a yoga or meditation course from Chad Scott Yoga, which has helped me and my clients tremendously.
- Biofeedback. Evidence has supported the use of biofeedback therapy to treat a wide array of ailments and conditions including stress, insomnia, chronic pain, and muscle tension. Many researchers believe that electromyographic feedback improves motor function of facial muscles, helping patients return to normal. You can do a quick search on Yelp for a reputable practitioner. Just make sure you look at the reviews.
- Castor Oil Compress. This remedy has been used for 1,000s of years to improve circulation, prevent the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and to support your lymphatic function. A Castor Oil compress may help to advance healing by increasing blood flow to the affected areas. Gently warm a tablespoon of castor oil and massage into your face. Cover with a warm damp washcloth, and leave it one for 20–30 minutes. Repeat the castor oil compress twice a day until the symptoms have abated.
- Echinacea. Known as one of the strongest anti-viral herbs available, echinacea, strengthens your immune system, reduces inflammation, and fights viral infections, including those commonly linked to this condition. Make sure you choose a high-quality liquid Echinacea supplement for best absorption. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recommends that for immune system function, the proper dose is 10 milligrams per one kilogram of body weight, for a total of ten days at most.
- Bell’s Palsy Exercises. Facial exercise can improve the brain-to-nerve functioning. Simple exercises including opening your mouth wide, wrinkling your nose, smiling wide, raising eyebrows, frowning, and blinking your eyes can help to increase healing. Check out Lea London’s Facial Aerobics for an affordable course you can follow daily, which will re-establish your natural facial features.