Acupuncture for Bell's Palsy Research
According to Liu (1995), when acupuncture was initiated within three days post-onset in 684 cases of facial nerve paralysis, 100 percent of the patients were cured or there was a marked improvement (1).
Other studies (Gao, Chen, 1991) revealed that 80% of cases that were treated at more than 2 months post-onset, and 83 percent of severe cases, were cured or had excellent effect (2). Acupuncture may often lead to significant clinical improvement (3).
1. Liu YT. A new classification system and combined treatment method for idiopathic facial nerve paralysis: report of 718 cases. American Journal of Acupuncture 1995; 23(3),205-210.
2. Gao HB, Chen D. Clinical observation on 60 cases of peripheral facial paralysis treated with acupointure penetration needling. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture 1991; 2(1),25-28.
3. NIH Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, Nov 1997; 93-109.
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