Facial Palsy- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Generally speaking, the phrase “facial palsy” describes a weakness of the face muscles that is primarily brought on by temporary or permanent injury to the facial nerve.

The muscles of the face do not get the messages they need to work properly when a facial nerve is either missing or not functioning. This causes paralysis in the area of the face that is afflicted, which may impair the movement of the affected eye(s) or mouth, among other facial features.



Ear infection

Eye infection


sound sensitivity


a decline in taste


Although the precise cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown, viral infections are frequently linked to it.

Herpes simplex genital herpes and cold sores

Herpes zoster and the chickenpox

Epstein-Barr virus infectious mononucleosis

infections with the cytomegalovirus

Adenovirus-related respiratory ailments

Russian mumps (rubella)

The mumps virus

influenza (type B)

Coxsackievirus, or hand, foot, and mouth illness


The ipsilateral 7th cranial nerve innervates the facial muscles peripherally (infranuclear innervation), and the contralateral cerebral cortex innervates them centrally (supranuclear innervation). In general, central innervation is unilateral for the lower face and bilateral for the upper face (for example, the muscles of the forehead). Both central and peripheral lesions thus have a tendency to paralyse the lower face. The upper face, however, is typically more affected by peripheral lesions (such as facial nerve palsy) than by central lesions (such as stroke).


The Bell’s palsy condition has no specific test. Other illnesses that can produce facial muscle paralysis that resembles Bell’s palsy include strokes, infections, Lyme disease, inflammatory conditions, and tumours. If the source of your symptoms is unclear, your doctor can suggest more tests, such as:

Electromyography (EMG).

Imaging scans.

Blood tests.



Corticosteroids, such as prednisone. .

Antiviral drugs.

Physical therapy


Decompression surgery, which involves widening the bone channel that the facial nerve travels through, was once employed to release pressure on the nerve. Decompression surgery is not advised today. This operation may come with hazards like permanent hearing loss and facial nerve damage.

Rarely, permanent facial nerve issues may require plastic surgery to be fixed. Surgery to restore facial movement and level out the face’s appearance is known as facial reanimation. These procedures include nerve grafts, eyelid lifts, face implants, and brow lifts as examples. After a few years, some treatments, like a brow lift, might need to be redone.


The result of idiopathic facial nerve palsy depends on the degree of nerve injury. If any function is still there, full recovery usually takes several months. Electromyography and nerve conduction investigations are carried out to aid in outcome prediction. If nerve branches in the face continue to respond normally to supramaximal electrical stimulation, the likelihood of full recovery following total paralysis is 90%; however, the likelihood is just around 20% if electrical excitability is missing.

It is possible for nerve fibres to grow back in the wrong places, innervating lower face muscles with periocular fibres and vice versa. Synkinesia, or sudden muscle contraction with voluntary facial motions, or crocodile tears during salivation are the results. Contractures could develop if facial muscles aren’t used frequently.


Non-severe Bell’s palsy often resolves after a month. In more severe cases where the face was completely paralysed, recovery may take longer.

 Possible complications include:

Damage to your face nerve that is permanent.

irregular nerve fibre regrowth. This could cause specific muscles to contract without your conscious consent when you’re using other muscles to move (synkinesis). For instance, when you smile, the eye on the affected side might close.

blindness caused by an eye that won’t shut, either entirely or partially. This is brought on by excessive dryness and scratching of the cornea, the transparent layer that protects the eye.

Facial palsy in Ayurveda

The actions of the facial muscles are essential to modern living. The face is a reflection of the mind. A person’s facial expressions (smile, sadness, etc.) indicate their mood.

The inability to move the muscles of the face on one or both sides is referred to as facial paralysis. 15–30 instances are reported annually per 100,000 people. Both men and women are affected, with the age range of 10 to 40 years having the highest risk.

One of the vataja nanatmaja vikaras in Ayurveda is ardita vata.

Let’s examine who ardita vata can impact.

expecting mothers

women in the postpartum period

Emaciated and frail individuals

excessive snoring and raucous laughter

eating things that are challenging to chew

carrying around heavy objects on the head Middle ear infections

Viral infection and Herpes zoster



Pathogenesis – Nidana sevana causes vata to intensify and settle in the mukha ardha bhaga, creating the vikrti of mukha known as Ardita vata.

Predominal symptoms of ardita vata

feeling of utter horror

localised or generalised tremors

excessive tearing or eye turbidity

At the location, tingling discomfort and numbness

stiffness in the lower jaw and neck’s sides


The main factor causing epiphora, or increased lacrimation, is impairment in the lacrimal pump mechanism brought on by lack of blinking. The ailment known as “Ardita” emerges when the Vata is vitiated by the appropriate causal factors and localised in the areas of the head, nose, chin, forehead, and eyes.

Line of treatment

Line of treatment of Facial paralysis:

Abhyanga (oil massage), Mridu swedana (therapy for light perspiration), Nasya (nasal drops), and Snigdha-Amla-Lavana rasa Prayoga (the administration of drugs with unctuous, sour, and salty tastes) and Vatahara oushadha (medication and treatment that balances vata) are two examples.

Single herbs

Single herbs useful in facial palsy:

Lashuna-garlic for facial palsy

Nirgundi- Vitex negundo

Eranda-Castor leaves and oil


Sarshapa- Mustard

Rasna- Alpinia galanga

Masha- Blackgram

Bala- Sida cordifolia

Hingu-Asa foetida

Guggulu-Guggulu resin- Commiphora mukul

Ayurvedic medicines useful in Facial paralysis:

Medicines for External application:

Clove, mustard, nirgundi, and eranda leaf paste, ground finely

Karpasathyadi taila

Mahanarayana taila

Saindhavadi taila

Laghuvishagarbha taila and Vishagarbha Taila

Prasarini taila

Vijayabhairava taila

Oral Ayurvedic medicines for Facial palsy:

Mahayogaraja guggulu

 Ekangaveera rasa

Rasona pinda

 Maharasnadi kwatha

 Rasnadi guggulu

 Dashamoola rasayana

Medicines for Ardhita vata from Sahasra yoga

Arditakshepaka vatahara kashayam

Maharasnadi kwatham

Kaushikokta Rasnadi kwatham

Kushtahara kashayam

Karpasasthyadi Tailam

Kanthashuddhi Gutika

Maha mayura Ghritam

Wholesome diet and habits

Warm water

Lukewarm milk

Black gram


Red rice




Meatsoup etc

Unwholesome diet and habits

Etiological factors

Stress and strain

Bitter and dry substances

Fried eatables

Work exhaustion



It increases the strength of the intercostal muscles in the chest, consequently enhancing the lungs’ essential capacity (Cobra’s hood Posture). Therefore, people with bronchial asthma can benefit the most from this position. Additionally, the position helps to ease neck stiffness and strengthens the muscles in the arms, neck, and upper back.

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