Intense acupuncture may improve Bell's palsy

New York (Reuters Health) - Patients with facial paralysis saw greater improvements in function after a more intensive form of acupuncture in a new study from China that compared the treatment to standard acupuncture.
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Conclusions: All reviewed trials of acupuncture for neuropathy and neuropathic pain use acupuncture points that are closely associated with the peripheral nerves treated. Local needling is crucial for successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy. PMID: 30147819 [PubMed]
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Med Acupunct Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture and Kinesio Taping, in conjunction with physical therapy modalities, are safe and promising complementary therapies for the acute management of Bell's palsy. However, further large scale and randomized controlled studies are necessary to assess whether these complementary interventions have significant additive or synergistic effect for complete recovery of patients with Bell's palsy. PMID: 29154053 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Rationale: Ramsay Hunt syndrome in conjunction with cranial polyneuritis is not extensively documented, and is very easily misdiagnosed. Patient concerns: A case of a 53-year-old male with Ramsay Hunt syndrome in conjunction with cranial polyneuritis is presented with early symptoms of vertigo, cephalalgia, and facial palsy, followed by zoster oticus 10 days later. Diagnoses: Diagnosis was challenging as this condition presents with multiple neuropathies, and attempting to diagnose based on clinical symptoms was often misleading. Polymerase chain reaction can be used to test for presence of the virus in the cerebro...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
Conclusion Warm needling moxibustion plus shallow puncture is a safe and effective therapy for pregnant BP patients. BP in pregnancy appears to be more frequent in the last trimester. The severity of nerve injury and the timing for the first visit to the doctor after the onset of facial paralysis are essential factors for the recovery and prognosis of pregnant with BP.
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
The mother-of-six, who has been vocal about her private health battles in the past, said the conditions caused one side of her face to droop, and she needed acupuncture to treat it.
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CONCLUSIONS: Although rigorous research is warranted, with limited treatment options, we highly suggest that it is worth applying integrative medicine to Bell's palsy patients. PMID: 28107855 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research
This article summarises our understanding of Bell's palsy and the evidence-based management options available for adult patients. DISCUSSION: The basic assessment should include a thorough history and physical examination as the diagnosis of Bell's palsy is based on exclusion. For confirmed cases of Bell's palsy, corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment and should be initiated within 72 hours of symptom onset. Antiviral therapy in combination with corticosteroid therapy may confer a small benefit and may be offered on the basis of shared decision making. Currently, no recommendations can be made for acupuncture, ...
Source: Australian Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Aust Fam Physician Source Type: research
Conclusion The result of this project suggests a methodology to develop CPGs that is suitable for our environment of KM but that it lacks supporting evidence; in turn, this methodology will lead to the production of evidence and recommendations for patient care in actual KM clinical settings.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Bian Y, He X, Hu S, Li C, Xu C, Kan H, Xue Q, Yang J, Qiu B Abstract Bell's palsy (BP), an acute unilateral facial paralysis, is frequently treated with acupuncture in many countries. However, the mechanism of treatment is not clear so far. In order to explore the potential mechanism, 22 healthy volunteers and 17 BP patients with different clinical duration were recruited. The resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scans were conducted before and after acupuncture at LI4 (Hegu), respectively. By comparing BP-induced functional connectivity (FC) changes with acupuncture-induced FC changes in th...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Abstract Objective To observe the clinical efficacy of Prof. Gao Yu-chun’s needling Yangming method for facial palsy, as well as to inherit and further develop the academic idea. Methods A total of 70 cases were randomly allocated into a treatment group (n=35) and a control group (n=35). Cases in the treatment group were treated with needling Yangming method, whereas cases in the control group were treated with traditional acupuncture method. The treatment was done once a day in both groups (6 times a week) for a total of 6 weeks. Then the t...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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