A much-talked about Vanity Fair article recently revealed how Angelina Jolie tackled Bells Palsy.
In the in-depth article, Angelina revealed that she was diagnosed with the disease in 2016, which caused one side of her face to droop.
Luckily the actress was able to make a full recovery thanks to acupuncture therapy. This is one of the many therapies available to treat the illness.
What is Bells Palsy?
According to a Harvard Medical School article, Bell’s Palsy is a disorder caused by damage to the facial nerve.
It usually results in paralysis of one side of the face.
The root cause of this paralysis hasn’t been pinpointed, but it is suspected that it’s caused by the herpes simplex virus, which is the same virus that causes cold sores.
The severity of the disorder varies but in most cases it can be treated and the symptoms reversed.
How is Bells Palsy treated?
Bells Palsy can be treated in many different ways.
Doctors can prescribe antiviral medications like acyclovir to control the herpes virus.
Anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids are also prescribed to help with inflammation and swelling.
According the the British Acupuncture Society, a combination of acupuncture and drug therapy is the best way to treat the disorder.