A  Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic
TCM Solution for Facial Paralysis and Facial Spasm
Clinical Research Paper # 1
Comparison of Therapeutic Effect of Acupuncture and Moxibustion on Three Types of
Peripheral Facial Paralysis
Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2001
Wei Ling (Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bijie District Hospital, Guizhou)

General Information
89 cases in total were treated, among them, 51 cases were male, and 38 were female. Youngest
was 9 year old, oldest was 69. 78% of patients were aged between 25 and 45. They received
their
first acupuncture treatment in between 1 and 21 days after the facial paralysis.
Among 89 cases, 9 of them had medication treatment for the facial paralysis before starting
acupuncture treatment, and other 80 cases had none.
Possible inducing causes: 9 cases had common cold prior to occurrence of facial paralysis,
2 cases
had shingles, 38 cases had cold air attack, and other 40 cases had no reason.
Groups: according to international standards, 21 cases were diagnosed simple facial nerve
inflammation, 49 Bell’s facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy), and 19 Hunt’s facial paralysis.

Treatment
Acupuncture Points: Main Points – St. 7, 4, 6, Taiyang (ext.), St. 2, Si. 18, BL 2, GB 20, TE 17,
LI 4
(inparalysised side), and St. 36. Complementary Points: LI 20, GB 14, Yuyao (ext.), GV 26, CV 24,
Qianzheng (ext.), LR 3 and St. 1. Select 6 to 8 points alternately on each session.        
Method: Apply reducing needling techniques on St. 36 and LI 4, and even needling techniques on
other points. Using penetrating method from St. 4 to St. 6, and from GB 14 to Yuyao. Apply
moxibustion on some points. Retain the needles for 20 – 40 minutes. Treat daily. 10 sessions is
a course. Take 3 days without treatment between 1st. and 2nd. Course. In addition, the patients
apply hot water bottle at affected side of face 15 minutes, once per day. Advise the patients keep
the affected side of face warm and avoid cold air or water.

Result
Table #1
Therapeutic effect after 1st. course of treatment







   



Table #2
Therapeutic effect after 2nd. course of treatment










Conclusion
Therapeutic effect of acupuncture and moxibustion is remarkable and certain on treatment of
different facial paralysis. The therapeutic effect is related to the level of facial nerve damaged. The
lower the level of nerve damage, the better the therapeutic effect and lesser time needed to recover.
Child patients, young and middle aged adult recover fast than the elderly. Earlier the patients have
acupuncture treatments after the discovery of the facial paralysis, the better chance of recover
completely.

References
1. Zhang Baozhong, etc. The diagnosis of neurological disorders, The people’s Health Publishing
House, Beijing, 1975:112
2. Shi YuQuan, etc. The Practical Neurology, The Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing
House, Shanghai, 1995: 112
Group
Casas
Completely
Recovered
Significant
Improvement
Some
Improvement
No Change
Total Effective
Rate
Simple Facial
Nerve
Inflammation
21
8
10
2
1
95.2%
Bell’s Facial
Paralysis
49
8
36
2
3
93.9%
Hunt’s Facial
Paralysis
19
0
2
11
6
68.4%
Group
Cases
Completely
Recovered
Significant
Improvement
Some
Improvement
No Change
Total Effective
Rate
Simple Facial
Nerve
Inflammation
21
16
5
0
0
100%
Bell’s Facial
Paralysis
49
26
19
3
1
98%
Hunt’s Facial
Paralysis
19
3
9
5
2
89.5%