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Alternative Bell's Palsy Treatment

Some alternative Bell's palsy treatments may be useful for certain individuals. Alternative treatments that have been used for this condition include:
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Biofeedback training
  • Vitamin therapy (including vitamin B12, B6, and zinc), which may help nerve growth.
Before trying any type of alternative treatment, people should discuss its possible benefits and harmful effects with their doctor.
People may want to ask these questions about alternative options to treat Bell's palsy:
  • What benefits can I expect from this approach?
  • What are its risks?
  • Do the expected benefits outweigh the risks?
  • What side effects should I watch for?
  • Will this alternative method change the way my current treatment for Bell's palsy works?
  • Could this be harmful?
  • Is this approach under study in a clinical trial? If so, who sponsors the trial?
  • Will my health insurance pay for this approach?

Surgical Treatment for Bell's Palsy

In general, decompression Bell's palsy surgery, designed to relieve pressure on the nerve, is controversial and is seldom recommended. On rare occasions, cosmetic or reconstructive surgery may be needed to reduce deformities and correct damage, such as an eyelid that will not fully close or a crooked smile.
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