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Facial paralysis can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like facial paralysis here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.
A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here facial paralysis is often associated with stiff neck, neck pain and heavy body in the pattern “Exterior Wind”.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of facial paralysis we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine facial paralysis is a symptom for the pattern "Exterior Wind". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.
Pulse type(s): Floating (Fu)
Exterior Wind is often treated with Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Szechuan Lovage Roots - Chuan Xiong - as a key herb). Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San belongs to the category of "formulas that dredge and disperse external wind", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: " Disperses Wind".
Source date: 1107
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Key actions: Disperses Wind. Removes pain .
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Exterior Wind' of which facial paralysis is a symptom.
Its main actions are: Regulates and moves the Blood. Relieves Wind-Cold and pain. Circulates the Qi in the Upper Burner, relieving headaches.
Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Wind. Disperses Wind and Cold from the Yang Brightness channels. Relieves Wind-Damp Cold painful obstruction. Dries Dampness and pus and reduces swelling. Opens the nasal passages.
Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold and Dampness. Relieves Wind-Damp-Cold painful obstruction. Directs Qi to the Greater Yang (Tai Yang) channel and the Governing Vessel.
Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Wind-Heat. Clears Wind-Heat from the head, eyes and throat. Allows the release of toxins from the skin. Moves Stagnant Liver Qi
Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and warms the Yang. Expels Cold and relieves pain. Warms the Lungs and reduces Phlegm. Moves the Qi and disperses Phlegm to open the nasal passages.