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When Bell’s palsy occurs, one side of
the face becomes paralyzed, flat, and rigid; as a result, the other
side (not paralyzed) may feel twisted and uncomfortable. The cause
is not well-understood, but a person with these symptoms should be
examined by a physician, to rule out other neurological problems.
Although uncomfortable and disconcerting, this condition usually
resolves itself in time, although it may take many months.
Homeopathic remedies can sometimes bring relief. For a remedy that
suits the individual more specifically, see a homeopathic physician.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Aconitum napellus: When one side of
a person’s face becomes paralyzed, especially after being exposed
to wind or cold air, this remedy may be helpful. A feeling of fear
and agitation and a sudden onset of symptoms are strong indications
for Aconitum napellus.
Agaricus: This remedy may be
indicated in Bell’s palsy when the facial muscles on one side are
stiff, and grimacing or twitching occurs in other parts of the face.
People who need this remedy are often excitable, with senses that
are overacute. Many people who need this remedy have deep anxiety
about their health.
Cadmium sulphuratum: Facial
paralysis (usually left-sided) that starts after exposure to wind,
and is accompanied by chilliness or overwhelming weakness, suggests
a need for this remedy. The person’s mouth may look distorted, and
completely closing one of the eyes often is impossible.
Causticum: This remedy can be
helpful when facial paralysis has developed gradually (most often on
the right side). Opening and closing the mouth can be difficult, and
the person may accidentally bite the tongue or the inside of the
cheek. The person may be weak but restless, and tends to feel best
when keeping warm.
Cocculus: One-sided facial
paralysis, with pain or tension felt in the other cheek, especially
when opening the mouth, suggests a need for this remedy. Weakness,
dizziness, or numbness are other indications. The person may feel
worse from lack of sleep or from being emotionally upset.
Dulcamara: This remedy may be
indicated when a person has one-sided facial paralysis that makes it
difficult to speak. Dulcamara is indicated in many
conditions that develop after exposure to cold and dampness,
especially after chills in rainy weather. People who need this
remedy are often inclined toward sinusitis, allergies, and back
Nux vomica: One-sided facial
paralysis (more often on the left) in a person who is irritable,
impatient, and hypersensitive to odors, sounds, and light may
indicate a need for this remedy. Cramping and constricting feelings
may be felt, and problems may be worse from cold.
Platina (also called Platinum):
This remedy may be indicated for painless paralysis of the face,
with facial distortion that raises one eyebrow or creates a
“haughty” look. The person may also experience numbness in the
lips and cheeks, or other body parts.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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