A close look at an integrative treatment package for Bell's palsy in Korea

Seung Min Kathy Lee, Suji Lee, Jun Hyeong Park, Jongbae J. Park, Sanghoon Lee

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Abstract

Objective To provide an overview of the integrative treatment package for Bell's palsy provided at Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital (KHU KMH). Summary The Facial Palsy Center at KHU KMH has been providing integrative treatment for Bell's palsy patients during the past three decades. Within 72 h of symptom onset, corticosteroids are recommended but complementary treatment including acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to help suppress inflammation and nerve degeneration. If patients suffer from postauricular pain, pharmacopuncture and cupping is utilized. During the subacute or chronic periods, different acupuncture types are selected accordingly, and herbal medicine and moxibustion helps to improve immune functions and relieve accessory symptoms. Qigong programs are also provided to help relieve facial tension and paralysis. Conclusions Although rigorous research is warranted, with limited treatment options, we highly suggest that it is worth applying integrative medicine to Bell's palsy patients.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages76-83
Number of pages8
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume26
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Bell Palsy
Korea
Therapeutics
Hospital Medicine
Herbal Medicine
Facial Paralysis
Acupuncture
Qigong
Integrative Medicine
Acupuncture Therapy
Moxibustion
Nerve Degeneration
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Inflammation
Pain
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Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Bell's palsy
  • Integrative treatment
  • Korean medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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A close look at an integrative treatment package for Bell's palsy in Korea. / Lee, Seung Min Kathy; Lee, Suji; Park, Jun Hyeong; Park, Jongbae J.; Lee, Sanghoon.

In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 26, 01.02.2017, p. 76-83.

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Lee, Seung Min Kathy ; Lee, Suji ; Park, Jun Hyeong ; Park, Jongbae J. ; Lee, Sanghoon. / A close look at an integrative treatment package for Bell's palsy in Korea. In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2017 ; Vol. 26. pp. 76-83
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