Bell’s palsy

In China, acupuncture is a well known therapy to help treating successfully Bell’s palsy. Please note that for the best results, an early treatment is recommended.

The cause of this condition from the point of view of Western Medicine is a virus and there is no drug apart from steroids to treat it.

In Chinese Medicine this condition is result of a ‘Qi’ deficiency (lack of body’s vital energy), a wind invasion and due to a blockage of energy flow in the face.


The principle of treatment is to restore the vital energy, expel the wind-cold (or the wind-heat) and unblock the meridians. Although acupuncture for Bell’s palsy is the most popular therapy to unblock the channels or meridians, moxibustion and cupping are also prescribed for this condition.

See what the British Acupuncture Council says about treating Bell’s palsy with acupuncture.