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Facial Palsy - Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

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Dr. Harshita SethiAyurvedic Doctor • 26 Years Exp.MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya Parampara, BAMS
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Facial Palsy is a paralysis of facial muscles. The weakness of facial muscles is also known as Facial Palsy. It may be caused by temporary or permanent damage to facial nerves. There are different facial nerves for different sides of the face. When nerve bundles on one side are affected, muscles on that side of the face become weak.

Since different nerves are involved, cerebral palsy may affect different parts of the face such as lower part, left side, right side, etc. There are medicines for Facial Palsy. However, there is no standard treatment approach in modern medicine for treating Facial Palsy. However, Ayurveda can help in treating these patients.

Ayurvedic Interpretation of Facial Palsy:

In Ayurveda, Facial Palsy is referred to as Ardita, and it is defined as a disability in facial expressions and communication. The source of the disease is facial nerve paralysis, which precipitates motor and sensory impairment on the affected side of the face. According to Ayurveda, this disease can affect people of all ages.

Ayurveda targets the dosha responsible for this disease. According to Ayurveda, the dosha responsible for this problem is known as Vata. It is thought that the face or the relevant side of the face is afflicted by Vata, which needs to be rectified.

Factors Responsible for Facial Palsy:

According to Ayurveda, there are some factors which may precipitate Facial Palsy in the long term. These include:

  1. Speaking loudly.

  2. Chewing hard stuff.

  3. Laughing, sneezing or yawning excessively.

  4. Putting heavy load on head.

  5. Sudden change of direction of head or neck.

  6. Having uncomfortable posture during sleep.

  7. Using too high or too low pillows.

  8. Anemia.

  9. Injuries.

  10. Excessive sleeping during the day.

  11. Excessive use of tongue scrapers.

  12. Excessive rubbing of the ears, eyes, and nose.

  13. Consuming excess of alcohol.

Symptoms of Facial Palsy According to Ayurveda:

Preliminary symptoms of Facial Palsy, as mentioned in different Ayurvedic books, include: 

  1. Blurred vision.

  2. Loss of sense of touch on facial skin.

  3. Pain.

  4. Neck stiffness.

  5. Jaw stiffness.

  6. Distortion of the affected side.

  7. Tremors of the head.

  8. Shaking of teeth.

  9. Incomplete closure of affected eyelids.

  10. Distortion of nose.

  11. Slurred speech.

  12. Hoarseness in voice.

  13. Impairment of hearing loss and smell sensation.

  14. Pain in the ear on the affected side.

  15. Trouble chewing and swallowing.

  16. Sneeze getting suppressed.

  17. Severe pain in the neck, chin, teeth, on the affected side.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Facial Palsy:

Ayurveda depends on the following to treat the problem.

  1. Oil massages on the head.

  2. Applications of oil to the ears and eyes.

  3. In the case of any burning sensation, therapeutic bloodletting may also be conducted.

  4. Medicated oil in nostrils

  5. Oral drugs include Akaangavira Rasa, Sameera Pannaga, Ashwagandha Churna, Ashwagandharishta, etc.

  6. Exercise including balloon breathing exercise


A study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research has come up with astounding results for the efficacy of Ayurveda on Facial Palsy. This indicates that in the absence of any standard therapy, Ayurveda can offer an excellent remedy against Facial Palsy. However, it is always recommended to consult an Ayurvedic physician before opting any ayurvedic remedies or purchasing any ayurvedic medicines. Any treatment depends upon the condition of the individual. This is why one should always consult a doctor before going for any treatment.


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