This time of year we usually see an uptick in the number of Bell's palsy cases that we see. This year is not an exception. We tend to see this issue when the weather is windy and cold (and to a lesser extent windy and warm). I don't think I have ever seen a case of Bells's that was not related to exposure to the wind. Western medicine treats this as a viral infection in the nerves of the face and we treat it as too much wind in the face! This is how different the two medicines are. We look at the human body as if it is part of nature (which it is), and as weather effects the planet, it also effects us (think about someone you know whose knee aches when the weather is changing). The treatments we do for Bell's are usually quite effective and are really in this case better than those offered by the west (in my opinion). And the word has gotten out over the years that this works. So we often see people with this condition coming in who have never considered acupuncture before. It is best to treat this condition as soon as possible after onset and perhaps take an herbal formula alongside the treatment, such as xiao feng san, a great formula as a whole and also very effective for this condition.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond