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Facialis - Bell's palsy

Bell 's palsy - facial paralysis – Facialis

Bell 's palsy, facial nerve palsy, is a problem caused by both external factors (such as climate – exposure to wind and cold) and internal factors such as stress and as a consequence of stroke. As the problem affects the facial nerve, in both cases there is a difficulty in performing certain facial expressions, forming tears or the inability to fully close the eyelid. It is advisable to address the problem of Bell 's Palsy as soon
as possible after the onset or the outbreak of the problem. The closer to the onset, the better the success rate of the treatment - which will rise dramatically.

The term Bell 's Palsy, also called Facial paralysis , is a facial nerve injury.
A facial nerve injury causes muscle weakness. Facial nerve paralysis may also occur as a result of a stroke.
Bell 's palsy occurs almost always on one side of the face. The facial nerve involved is also called the 7th cranial nerve, and originates on the skull, below the ear. There are two such nerves - each innerves (or stimulates) another side. The role of these nerves is for closing the eye, smiling and other facial expressions. The facial nerve also sends a branch to the lachrymal gland, which secretes tears in the eyes.
When the facial nerve is injured, there is injury to messages transmitted from the brain towards the facial muscles. This injury involves different signs which all are located in the face:

The mouth smile is not symmetrical;
Dry eyes or constant tears;
Inability to close the eyes, or a partially closed eye;
Sometimes there is damage to the sense of taste because the facial nerve sends electrical signals also to the tongue;
Pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in certain areas inside in the path of a nerve;
Inability to whistle;
A fixed, dropped angle of the mouth;
Pain in the ear or the jaw;


Acupuncture, moxa, Chinese herbs, dietary advice according to Chinese principles and lifestyle modifications have proven effective in treating the problem of facial paralysis. Acupuncture increases the flow of energy through the meridians located in the face. A Chinese physician knows that he must strengthen the blood to counter the effects of wind and cold. This is mostly done with a combination of Chinese herbs
and nutritional counseling (see detailed tips regarding Chinese nutrition on this site). Acupuncture treatment also has an anti-inflammatory effect particularly in the case of inflammatory facial nerve.


Often the therapist will prefer to use acupuncture needles on the "healthy" side of the face and thus affect the problem according to the principle of musical tuning fork. Acupuncture causes the movement of blood, strengthens the immune system and activates the nervous system. In many cases nerve problems like facialis are treated with Chinese medicinal herbs that affect the infrastructure which when disordered caused the problem of facialis to break out.

Bell 's palsy ( facial paralysis ) is a condition that is usually gone after either a few weeks or up to several months. Acupuncture treatments and herbs plus lifestyle changes or modifications can accompany the western treatment or improve cases where Western treatments failed. In some cases a full recovery and a cure can’t be accomplished and Bell 's palsy becomes fixed.

 

 A map of the facial muscles and the nerves affiliated with their specific action, and exercises for personal use for acceleration of healing the disorder can be found on many websites dedicated to this syndrome, see 2 samples following.


Press here for exercises to hasten healing of the disorder.

Press here for a map of facial muscles and their actions.

 

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I was born in Israel, in the city of Tel Aviv, where I was raised and educated. I served in the army in the Nachal unit as a tank commander and studied in Tel Aviv University at the Social Science Faculty, receiving a B.A. degree in Economics and Accounting.



During my studies I established a company for T.V. and Film Productions and in the next few years I took part in some feature films, T.V. news, and documentaries in Israel and Europe. Within that exciting period I became very interested in other cultures. Eventually I went for a 2 years journey to South East Asia and Australia. The Asian part of the journey went through India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Japan. It was a very special, free and educating period of time for me in which people from different walks of life shared their humanity and experiences with the strange and curious traveler that I was (and probably still am...). One of those "coincidences" was meeting with Dr. Yoshiharu Ikeda in Shodo Shima (an island off the Japanese Sea and Shikoku). Dr. Ikeda is a veteran practitioner of Chinese Medicine. He became the sole responsible for my unexpected exposure to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at his home.



That meeting was rather dramatic by its effect and led to a few major events in the years that followed. First, 4 years of studying Chinese Medicine in San Francisco at "ACTCM" - "The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine", where I’d completed a Master Program of Traditional Chinese Medicine (while working for a living as a diamond dealer...). The college, probably one of the best in the nation, had given us a very deep level of qualification in Acupuncture, but mainly in the much more sophisticated field of Chinese Herbal medicine.



After passing the Californian State Board Exam I received the Californian Physician’s license. Soon after, I passed the exam of "NCCAOM" - "The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine", and received a practitioner’s license Dipl. Ac in another 30 States in the U.S.



I felt that the end of formal studies in San Francisco, including 4 years of working with patients at the college public clinic, was only the beginning. It had called for more experience. So the natural move was to go to China and Japan for a specialization period of almost a year on the treatment of Internal Medicine disorders and with a special emphasize on Gynecological and Obstetric problems . The training occurred at two hospitals in China and one in Japan. In China, at the Chengdu #1 Hospital in the south - where the treatment consists mainly of Chinese Herbal Medicine & at the Tian Jin #1 Hospital in the north, near Beijing - where the treatment is based on Acupuncture (in the emergency rooms as well). In Japan it was the Tsukuba Hospital near Tokyo. There the treatment is given traditionally by blind doctors and is based on Japanese Medicine.



The exposure to the clinics at these three hospitals, treating so many patients with Chinese Medicine (1,700 beds in Chengdu #1 Hospital...) contributed greatly to my confidence in the qualities and scope of Chinese Medicine and to my expertise as a practitioner. Press here to see the Photo Gallery.



To seal off the qualification and learning period I finally went back to the island of Shodo Shima to study the unique Japanese Acupuncture techniques under the personal guidance of Dr. Ikeda... yes, the same one whom it had all begun with 5 years earlier at his home. These Japanese techniques differ very much from the stronger Chinese style Acupuncture. The Japanese, being smaller in size and relatively delicate people, developed a very gentle, pain-free and yet very powerful needling style, which I respect and use frequently.


After all that massive training period I was ready to work on my own at last. So I went back to California and started to work as a physician at the "ACTCM" public clinic in San Francisco. But the wish to share all that great knowledge and experience in my homeland got the upper hand. I decided to get back to Israel after years abroad. I’d established my clinic in Tel Aviv and started teaching Chinese Medicine at a local College and at a special course of Chinese Medicine for M.D. doctors given by the Bar-Ilan University. A year later, the need for a Hebrew textbook had pushed me to write and publish the book "Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine - Materia Medica" which is used as a textbook but also is welcomed by the general public. Later, I worked at the Tel Aviv Ichilov Hospital in the Department of Complimentary Medicine, known as "MALRAM". Press here to see Magazine Clips.



After a few years, I lived for a while at Moshav Sede Eliezer in the Upper Galilee near Rosh Pinna and established the second clinic in the Galilee. Not long after, I published my second book "Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine - Formulas" which is used as an advanced textbook by students and practitioners. The 2 books are sold by Amazon after they were accepted as the second Hebrew books to be sold there (after the Bible...). During the year 2014 these 2 books will be offered to practitioners and the general public in a digital app version.



The time had called for another big trip. I had started from France and down to the Basque Country in Spain and later to Portugal. The idea was to go from the colonial states and arrive in the "New World" - The South American continent, by the sail. This did not work out because I had not found the right sailboat in Tenerife where I had arrived mainly for this purpose. Instead I had taken a flight directly to Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there mainly by buses to Ushuaia at the tip of the continent and then to Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama.

 


After a few more years of working in my Tel Aviv clinic, I had taken on along a few years to work as a Chinese Medical International Specialist aboard 3 American Cruise Ships. The Celebrity "Solstice", The Royal Caribbean "Liberty of the Seas" and the Celebrity "Summit". This was a most demanding practice. I had treated guests, staff and crew from over 70 different nationalities for various conditions with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. If you wish to learn more about my life aboard the cruise ships, behind the scenes of the glamorous front, please press here and read my telenovela "Solstice my Love".

 

This period was by far a very interesting one and extremely challenging. To this day I keep receiving thank you letters and very positive testimonials from people I had treated onboard. They are to be seen at my clinic upon request. Press here to see onboard patients' Testimonials.

Back from the stormy oceans to Israel I practice now at my clinic in the heart of Tel Aviv close to Ichilov Hospital and Weitzman City Mall.

On this informative website you'll find a few common clinical problems and the unique Chinese medical view about them. The medical issues discussed are under the section of Syndromes. You may also find some very  Useful Tips.



It is important to mention that the information offered in this website is not a substitute for a full face to face diagnosis done at a clinic of Effi Kfir L.Ac. A full body diagnosis is a very special process and its findings may prevent if treated right away many problems along one's life. The Diagnosis is very personal and unique to every person with his own private history and habits. Only after the diagnosing process is completed the treatment with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Chinese Diet and Changes in Lifestyle can be determined and employed successfully.

 

As a service to the community Effi Kfir L.Ac is giving a special preventative treatment against CVA (Stroke) to anyone of his patients, regardless of the problem they come to treat.

 

Effi Kfir L.Ac will be happy to share with you his vast International clinical experience as well as his life experience while listening fully with his ears and heart to your health needs.


For appointments or for an initial consultation please call 054-4804538 and start feeling better today!


Email: effikfir@yahoo.com

 

Website: www.kfir.net

 

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