Experience of Bell’s Palsy Patients on Facial Qigong Exercise and Efficient Educational Program: a Qualitative Study

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Acupunct. 2015;32(1):67-78
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
2Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital Qigong Therapy Center
*Corresponding author: Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital, 23, Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-872, Republic of Korea, Tel: +82-2-958-9157, E-mail: shlee777@khu.ac.kr
Received 2015 February 12; Revised 2015 February 27; Accepted 2015 March 02.



This study is designed to explore the experience of patients who received facial Qigong exercise education, to identify whether facial Qigong exercise is effective for Bell’s Palsy patients and to aid in developing a more efficient exercise program.


Eight patients who visited the Facial Palsy Center in Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital between September 2014 and December 2014 for treatment of Bell’s palsy were interviewed. All patients received facial Qigong exercise education at least two times. The interview was conducted for 20 to 30 minutes and included discussion related to the experience of facial palsy, facial Qigong exercise and suggestions for a more efficient facial Qigong program.


The patients replied that they experienced emotions such as anxiety, depression and confusion when they discovered the symptoms of facial palsy. They also suggested that they had regained mental stability and physically recovered through facial Qigong exercise and also suggested possible improvements for the system of facial Qigong exercise in terms of time/place/educator.


The results from the interviews suggest that facial Qigong exercise might be an effective treatment for Bell’s Palsy patients from a psychological and physical perspective. A more patient-centered environment should be established to ensure efficient treatment.

Characteristics of Participants


This study was supported by a grant of the Traditional Korean Medicine R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea(HI13C0580)


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Table 1.

Characteristics of Participants

Code Gender Age Occupation Residence Date of onset (2014) Date of interview (2014) Number of Qigong education Treatment type H-B Gr at date of Qigong education
S001 F 48 Service industry Gyungkido 10. 24 11. 01 2 Admission & outpatient clinic III
S002 M 31 Office worker Seoul 10. 17 11. 01 2 Admission & outpatient clinic IV
S003 F 48 Housewife Gyungkido 08. 30 11. 02 3 Admission & outpatient clinic IV
S004 F 26 Specialized job Seoul 10. 23 11. 06 3 Admission & outpatient clinic IV
S005 M 26 Service industry Gyungkido 10. 19 11. 06 5 Admission & outpatient clinic III
S006 F 44 Housewife Gyungkido 10. 27 11. 06 3 Admission & outpatient clinic II
S007 M 58 Technical post Seoul 07. 27 11. 10 6 Admission & outpatient clinic III
S008 F 28 Office worker Seoul 09. 28 11. 10 2 Outpatient clinic III

H-B Gr: House-Brackmann grade.