What is Bell’s palsy?

Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. It occurs when the nerve that controls the facial muscles becomes swollen or compressed.

In this condition, one side of your face droops or become stiff. There will be difficulty in smiling or closing the eye on the affected side. In most of the cases, Bell’s palsy is temporary and symptoms usually go away after a few weeks.

Although Bell’s palsy can occur at any age, but the condition is more common among people between the age group of 16 to 60.

What causes Bell’s palsy?

Bell’s palsy occurs when the seventh cranial nerve becomes swollen which results in the facial weakness or paralysis. This cranial nerve passes through a narrow and bony area within the skull. When this nerve even a little bit of nerve swells, it pushes against the skull’s hard surface. This affects the proper working of the nerve. The main cause of this disease is not known, but medical researchers have believed that it is most likely to be triggered by a viral infection.

The viruses/bacteria that are linked to the development of Bell’s palsy include:

Herpes simplex virus: It causes cold sores and genital herpes

HIV: This damages the body’s immune system

Sarcoidosis, which causes organ inflammation

Herpes zoster virus: This virus causes chickenpox and shingles

Epstein-Barr virus: It causes mononucleosis

Lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection caused by the infected ticks

What are the symptoms of Bell’s palsy?

The symptoms of Bell’s palsy develop one to two weeks after infections like cold, ear, or eye infection. It usually appears abruptly, and the person may notice it when wake up in the morning or when trying to eat or drink.

This condition is marked by a droopy appearance on one side of the face and the person is unable to open or close your eye on the affected side. In some of the cases, Bell’s palsy may affect both sides of the face.

Other signs and symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:

  • drooling
  • difficulty eating and drinking
  • an inability to make facial expressions, such as smiling or frowning
  • facial weakness
  • muscle twitches in the face
  • dry eye and mouth
  • headache
  • sensitivity to sound
  • irritation of the eye on the involved side

What are the risk factors for Bell’s palsy?

Here are some of the risk factors that increase the chances of Bell’s palsy:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Lungs infection
  • A family history of the condition

Most of the time, these symptoms are only temporary.


What is the Ayurvedic treatment of bell’s Palsy?

Chandigarh Ayurved Centre is providing a wonderful kit known as “Bell’s palsy care kit”, this kit includes – Detox premium powder, Trikatu syrup, Panchasakarchurna, nerve up tablet, nerve plus tablet, and makarrasayan. These Ayurvedic formulations contain various effective herbs that possess many medicinal properties which can cure Bell’s palsy through its root cause. These formulations are free from additives, preservatives and having no side effects.

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1. Detox Premium Powder:

Detox premium powder is a herbo-mineral sachet which helps in detoxification and maintain proper metabolism of the body. This formulation provides strength to the nervous system and facilitates the proper conduction of signal impulses from the nerves to the muscles. The ingredients are shuktapishti, motipishti, Giloysatv, parwalpishti, JaharMohra, akikpishti, gandhakrasayan, kamdudharas, sutshekharras, etc. This formulation shows anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune modulator properties.

Recommended Dosage – Take 1 sachet twice daily with normal water.


2. Nerve up tablet:

Nerve up tablets are pure ayurvedic formulation that balances the Vata as well as Kaphadosha. These acts as a nervine stimulant and shows wonderful results in improving the central nervous system. It contains natural ingredients like abhrakbhasma, pravalpishti, shudhashilajit, shudhakuchala, shankhbhasma, etc. These ingredients are beneficial in the Bell’s palsy.

Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily.


3. Makar rasayan:

Makar rasayan contains various herbal ingredients like shudhashilajit, abhrakbhasma, shudhakuchla, Guduchisatva, rassindoor, moongabhasma, shankhbhasma, pravalpishti, etc. It shows aphrodisiac, analgesic antioxidant, and immune modulator properties. These ingredients improve vitality and the overall health of an individual.

Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily.


4. Nerve Plus tablet:

Nerve plus tablets show Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, and immune- modulator properties. The ingredients present in it are Giloysatav (Tinosporacordifolia), Kali Mirch (Piper nigrum), shudhakuchala, Ghritkumari (Aloe barbadensis), shudhashilajit, shudhavatsnabh, etc. It is beneficial in stimulating nerves and increases the appetite.

Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily.


5. PanchsakarChurna:

Panchsakarchurna is an effective formulation that has been used in Ayurveda for many ages in eliminating the ama from the body. It shows anti-inflammatory, laxative, antioxidant, & analgesic properties. It comprises of ingredients like Swarnapatri, Balaharitaki, Shatapushpa, Shunthi, &Saindhavlavana. All signs & symptoms related to bell’s palsy are treated with the regular use of this churna.

Recommended Dosage – Take 1 teaspoonful at bedtime with warm water.


6. Trikatu Syrup:

Trikatu Syrup eliminates excessive Kapha or mucous from the body, manages weight and supports the healthy detoxification of the body. The analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties present in it decreases pain as well as inflammation. It consists of three main herbs such as Pippali (Piper longum), Shunthi (Zingiberofficinale), &Marich (Piper nigrum). These herbs improve digestion and support normal gastric function.

Recommended Dosage – Take 2 teaspoonful twice or thrice daily before meals.

Proper diet and lifestyle

  • Avoid taking chilled and refrigerated food items.
  • Avoid the intake of curd and other sour foodstuffs.
  • Avoid using fermented foods.
  • Prefer eating wheat in place of rice and cow’s milk in place of buffalo’s milk.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Eat easily digestible food.
  • Do yoga and Pranayam for providing strength to the nerves.

Nasayam

It is the administration of herbal medicine through the nostrils. This panchakarma procedure is mostly used to treat diseases like Bell’s Parkinson’s disease, palsy Paralysis, complex headache, etc. It provides rejuvenation to the brain cells and invades intelligence. With this procedure, the sense organs become stronger and healthier.

Other benefits are:

  • A headache and migraines
  • Neuro-Muscular Condition
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Prevents loose teeth and cleans the oral cavity.
  • Cures stuttering or speech fault.