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I have Bellís palsy. How can I speed up the use of my face muscles and relieve the pain and discomfort I still have.

Dr Anton:

Bells palsy, for those who donít know, is paralysis of the facial nerve that usually occurs in people that have had an illness like the flu or more serious illnesses like Tuberculosis or HIV. It also occurs in people that are very stressed or severely fatigued. This paralysis, that mostly occurs only on one side of the face, is believed to be caused by the Herpes Simplex virus (the same virus that causes painful fever blisters).

Here are some treatment ideas:

  1. Visit your doctor to see if you wouldnít benefit from the use of anti-inflammatory medication, steroids and the right antibiotic if truly indicated. Take note: Anti-inflammatory drugs have several side effects associated with their use so also try natural anti-inflammatory support like:
    a) Ginger capsules
    b) Feverview capsules
  2. Use eye protection and eye ointments if your eye is affected.
  3. Get physiotherapy to strengthen your facial muscles.
  4. Natural therapies: Two natural therapies could have value for you: a) Methylcobalamin: Neurologically active form of Vitamin B12: 5 mg sublingual lozenges, 40 to 80 mg daily until symptoms subside.
    b) Acetyl L-carnitine: 1 gram, 3 times daily.
  5. Make sure you eat a healthy diet and use broad spectrum supportive supplements like multinutrient preparations (multivitamin and mineral supplements) that will boost your body to heal as quickly as possible.

Kind regards

Dr Anton

The information contained in this article is not intended to replace the attention or advice of a physician or other health care professional. Anyone who wishes to embark on this dietary or supplement protocol should first consult a qualified health care professional.

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