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50 Cases of Facial Paralysis Treated by Acupuncture and Massage

Facial paralysis a disease for which western medicine does not have effective solutions to treat. By contrast, my colleagues and I have applied acupuncture and Chinese massage to patients to obtain satisfactory results.


Among the 50 cases, 25 were males, 25 females, with the age between 14 to 69 years old. The illness courses ranged from five days to 1.5 years. Among 50 cases, 28 of them were palsy on left side, others on right.

Acupuncture points:

According to the theory of "the major acupoints are on the Channel", we take the points of the Yangming and Shaoyin Channels as main acupoints. Either of the following two selected acupoint groups can be applied.

First group:

Yifeng, Dicang, Jiache, Qianzheng, Wangu, Sibai, Sizukong, Tinghui;

Second group:

Chenqi, Jiache, Yifeng, Taiyang, Zusanli, Zanzu, Tinghui, Tongziliao.

Acupuncture method:

Chose one of these groups in application alternatively on the ill side. Make a routine sterilization first, then puncture it by using 0.5-3 cun needles. Take the twirling reinforcing-reducing method by inserting the needle quickly by perpendicular needling or oblique needling.

Once needle sensation occurs, vibrate the needle, then when a patient feels sense of conduction, retain the needle and apply TDP radiation to the needling area for about 30 minutes, reinforcing method is used in inserting and withdrawing needle. The needles retain for about 30 minutes per session, puncture once per day. 10 days constitute a course. Between two courses, patients rest 3 days each time.

A new method of massage:

1) Method for the ill side:

a. Pushing manipulation: Pushing the atrophic area of facial muscle deeply with medium force with thumb or palm.

b. Grasping manipulation: Lifting and squeezing the acupoint area with thumb and forefinger.

c. On-the-point pressing: Pressing the facial muscle spasm area with thumb or palm.

d. Finger rubbing: rubbing with medium force the distributed adhesion area from the facial expression muscles and facial nerves to the branches with thumb or Xiaoyuchi Part in the frequency of about 40 times/minute.

e. Kneading method: Kneading slightly the atrophic and spasm area with thumb, fore finger and middle finger.

f. Finger nail pressing: Deeply and continuously pressing the atrophic area with the end of the thumb.

g. Open and close manipulation: Repeatedly pressing the acupoint muscles from center to outsides with the two thumbs is called opening, pressing to the center in the same way is called closing.

h. Straightening up: Straighten up the five sense organs with the thumb and forefinger.

2) Massage method for the healthy side:

Use medium and strong force with reducing balance method. The patient is told to do self-massage every day.


Out of the 50 cases, 25 (50%) were cured, 20 (40%) got remarkable effect, 5 (10%) were ineffective. The total effective rate was 94%. The longest course of treatment lasted for 35 times, and the shortest one for three times.


The clinic results show that acupuncture and Chinese massage therapy are capable of supplementing Qi, activating blood circulation, dispelling wind and removing obstruction in the channels. It also increases the local nerve irritability, improves the local area nutrition metabolism, accelerates to recovery the facial musical and nerves functions.


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