September 4, 2020
Acupuncture and the external application of herbal medicine provide facial paralysis relief. Chenzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers demonstrate that acupuncture, combined with herbal steaming and washing, provides effective relief for patients with peripheral facial nerve palsy (FNP). 
The study compared two protocols. One group received acupuncture plus herbal steaming and washing. Another study group received acupuncture plus internal herbal medicine. Both groups demonstrated significant improvements. The acupuncture plus external application of herbs group had a 96% total effective rate. The acupuncture plus internal herbs group had an 84% total effective rate. Results were based on symptom scores and HB (House Brackmann) facial function scores.
Peripheral facial nerve palsy (FNP) is often caused by viral infections, post-surgical complications, trauma, diabetes, bacterial infections, tumors, adverse effects from medications, and immune system disorders. Bell’s Palsy is one type of peripheral facial nerve paralysis and is classified as an idiopathic paralysis due to inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve. In this study, 100 FNP patients (in the acute or recovery phase) were recruited. They were assigned by the random number table method to the acupuncture plus external herbs group or the acupuncture plus internal herbs group.
The acupuncture plus external herbs group was comprised of 25 male and 25 female patients, ages 21–60 years (mean age 40.32 years). The acupuncture plus internal herbs group was comprised of 26 male and 24 female patients, ages 20–61 (mean age 41.54 years). There were no statistically significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups upon admission to the investigation.
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Magnolia is a member of the Magnoliaceae family of plants. There are 2 subfamilies in this family, including Magnollioideae and Liriodendroideae. The latter of which only includes Liriodendron (Tulip trees). In TCM it is prescribed for:
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