Acupuncture For Bell's Palsy: Thermography Research

New research has once again proved the effectiveness of Acupuncture. This time researches have shown scientific evidence for using Acupuncture in the treatment of Bell's Palsy, a type of facial paralysis. The research conducted used a heat application, known as moxa, a Chinese herb commonly burnt during the application of acupuncture treatments. This Chinese herb, also known as Mugwort Leaf (Artemisiae Argyi Folium) has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to warm the channels, dispel cold, and stop pain.  The application of this herb was used at acupuncture point LI 4 (Hegu), which is commonly used for medical conditions related to the head and face.

The study used infared thermography and proved to benefit the symmetry of the face and restore proper facial temperature. The researches concluded that, “moxibustion stimulation at the Hegu (LI4) not only improves the global circulation but also has specific effects on the lips in Bell’s palsy patients.…”

Why LI4 on the hand? (3 Main Reason)

  • MRI studies show that Acupuncture applied at LI 4 demonstrates similar changes to the brain as Electro-Acupuncture to the mouth.
  • LI 4 intersects "sensory pathways of the face and mouth in the central nervous system."
  • Acupuncture point LI 4 has been historically indicated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the treatment of Bell's Palsy.