By Neepa Sevak
Are you overwhelmed by facial pain at a slightest touch to your face or while brushing your teeth or shaving? This facial pain is a neuropathic ailment called trigeminal neuralgia, an awful soreness of the trigeminal nerve in the head. Trigeminal nerve is the fifth and largest cranial nerve, which commences deep within the brain and conveys sensation such as pressure, temperature, touch, pain from face to the brain. This nerve is also accountable for the role of the muscles involved in chewing. This type of facial pain becomes apparent due to an aberration of the nerve fibers which carry nerve sensation or an anomaly of the myelin sheath which is the lining that covers the nerve. Trigeminal neuralgia materializes predominantly in people over age 50, but it can occur at any age even childhood, and is more common in women than in men.
Causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Genetic due an inborn pattern of blood vessel formation
- A blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve
- Nerve impairment following a trauma
- Tongue piercing
- Post viral infections like herpes
- Post bacterial infections like leptospirosis, syphilis, etc
- Disorders like multiple sclerosis that damage the myelin sheath (nerve covering which serves as an insulator)
- Stroke impacting lower part of the brain.
- Compression of the nerve by a tumor or cyst
- Enduring stress
- Habitual intoxication from alcohol, lead and other drugs
- Brushing teeth, kissing, eating, drinking, smiling, crying, talking, putting makeup, shaving, washing the face, slight breeze, dental work can stimulate the pain
Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Piercing, electric, shooting, burning pain over one side of the jaw or cheek
- Numbness and tingling sensation over the face
- Face is very sensitive to touch during pain
- Headaches feeling like a migraine
- Restlessness from pain
- Sleeplessness from pain
- Difficulty in chewing the food
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Dryness of mouth due to lowered secretion of saliva
- Dryness of eyes due to lowered lachrymal secretions
Homeopathic Approach to Trigeminal Neuralgia
Homeopathy is the primary choice of therapy for trigeminal neuralgia. Homeopathic treatment has proved effective and has shown an overwhelming response in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Homeopathy views trigeminal neuralgia as a constitutional disease, and every patient is evaluated as an individual case and treated at a deeper level. Homeopathic medicines help minimize the frequency and severity of trigeminal neuralgia attacks, eventually leading to a remission. Homeopathic medicines are absolutely safe, non-toxic and do not encumber with other medicines.
Homeopathic treatment being focused on the concept of "like cures like" and a profound emphasis on the principles of holistic medicine (treat the whole person), its remedies motivate the body's own healing power and defense system to correct itself naturally. Due to the individualized approach of homeopathy a remedy which matches your constitution will stimulate your vital force to restore balance and health. The appropriate homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia depends on the individual's constitutional type. A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup.
Self Care Measures
- Avoid mental and physical stress.
- Avoid exposure to a draft of wind.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar.
- Avoid eating hard foods.
- Avoid sudden jerky movements of the neck.
- Identify your pain triggers and avoid them.
- Avoid massaging violently.
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene to avoid dental caries.
Hence every individual suffering from trigeminal neuralgia must consider homeopathy to provide relief and lifetime cure. Homeopathic treatment can alter a person’s life from one of distress to one of health.