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Facial paralysis

Relieving the symptoms of facial paralysis with homoeopathy

Facial paralysis is caused by the central nerve’s complete or partial deficiency. Most of the time, it results in a distortion of the affected person’s face. Facial paralysis can occur without apparent reason, in which case it is known as Bell’s palsy. It was noted that a fracture of the petrosal bone, which induces nerve damage, can sometimes result in facial paralysis. This condition may also be caused by nerve compression due to certain types of tumours. Ear infections, shingles and diabetes are also likely causes of facial paralysis. In addition, it may occur following a stroke. Much more uncomfortable than painful, facial paralysis can however be treated, and the obtained results are usually quite quick and satisfactory.

Symptoms of facial paralysis

The symptoms may differ depending on the type of facial paralysis. In some people, the signs are sometimes so insignificant that they can remain unnoticed. Peripheral facial paralysis is the result of a deficiency affecting the central nerve, which is located in front of the brain stem nucleus. It most often made apparent by persistent pain behind one ear or prolonged stiffness in the neck. Depending on people, this type of facial paralysis may worsen within days or hours. The paralysis is then manifested by the unilateral relaxation of facial muscles, which can lead to speaking or hearing difficulties. In the case of a central facial paralysis, that is to say when the nerve injury occurs behind the nucleus, the lower portion of the face is most affected and the patient will only be able to partially close the eye located in the part of the face that is altered by the paralysis.

Recommended homoeopathic remedies

The treatment of facial paralysis may last several months and there are homoeopathic remedies tailored to each specific type of paralysis. Thus, taking a granule of Aconite 9 CH every quarter of an hour seems to be the ideal solution in case of peripheral facial paralysis, including Bell’s palsy. However, in case of chronic facial paralysis, it is advisable to take three granules of Causticum 5 CH three times a day until healing is complete.

When should you consult a doctor?

Given that it is sometimes difficult to find the exact cause of facial paralysis, it is always advisable to consult a doctor from the onset of the first symptoms. In case the paralysis is accompanied by excruciating pain in the ears, seeking further medical attention becomes mandatory. Other medical tests, such as MRI, computed tomography or analysis of the spinal fluid, may then be carried out to confirm or refute a diagnosis of facial paralysis.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “facial paralysis”

Associated treatments

•    Aconitum Napellus
•    Causticum
•    Conium Maculatum
•    Curare
•    Gelsemium Sempervirens
•    Hypericum Perforatum

Good to know: In comparison to other types of treatments, homoeopathy can be used to effectively relieve the effects of facial paralysis, so long as the affected person takes these plant-based remedies on a regular basis, taking care to respect the recommended dosage as well.  As an example, the homoeopathic remedies Aconite and Causticum are known to give very satisfactory results in the treatment of facial paralysis.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.