What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve that transmits sensations from the face to brain. It is the largest of all cranial nerves and is the main nerve of the face. There is one trigeminal nerve on either side of the face. The trigeminal nerve has three branches – ophthalmic, maxillary and mandibular. Trigeminal neuralgia refers to pain in any of the branches of trigeminal nerve. The pain is felt in the face and is sharp, shooting or electric shock like. The pain from trigeminal neuralgia is felt on one side of the face depending upon the side of trigeminal nerve involved.
Causes and Triggering Factors of Trigeminal Neuralgia
The major cause of trigeminal neuralgia is pressure on the trigeminal nerve from a blood vessel or in rare cases, from a tumor. Other causes of trigeminal neuralgia are facial injury, brain lesion, multiple sclerosis. The trigger factors are many. Trigeminal neuralgia can be triggered by as much as touching or washing the face, chewing, talking, air exposure or even brushing teeth. In rare cases, a dental surgery may trigger trigeminal neuralgia.
Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia
The major symptom of trigeminal neuralgia is pain in the face. In a majority of the cases, the pain is located on one side of the face. In very rare cases, the pain may be felt on both sides of the face. The pain can be felt in the cheeks, forehead, lips, around the jaw or around the eyes. The facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia is very severe, sharp, stabbing, shooting, excruciating or electric shock like. The pain may last from a few seconds to minutes. A person can have several attacks of trigeminal neuralgia pain in a day. On the other hand, he may not have any attacks or feel any pain at all for a period of time lasting from a few weeks to months.
Homeopathic Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Homeopathic medicines have a special expertise in treating trigeminal neuralgia. Homeopathic medicines first work to reduce the intensity and frequency of attacks. The medicines then work at a deeper level to remove the tendency to have trigeminal neuralgia attacks by dealing with the root cause. Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia are made from natural substances and hence, are highly safe and carry no risk of any side effects. In my clinical practice, I have seen wonderful results in cases of trigeminal neuralgia with Homeopathic medicines. The medicines that I would rank as top grade Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia are – Verbascum, Spigelia, Magnesium Phos, Hecla Lava, Aconite and Hypericum.
Homeopathic Medicines for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Verbascum – One of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia
Verbascum tops the list of Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia. This natural medicine has shown wonderful results in a large number of cases of trigeminal neuralgia in my clinical practice. In cases where neuralgia is located on the cheek, temporo-maxillary joint and ear, Verbascum will work best among Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia. Verbascum is also greatly helpful when the pain in face from trigeminal neuralgia comes in flashes. It is also the Homeopathic medicine to fall back on when the periodicity of trigeminal neuralgia is well marked, meaning where facial pain seems to return at the same hour every day. Cases of trigeminal neuralgia that are triggered from change in temperature also respond wonderfully well to Homeopathic medicine Verbascum. Other guiding features to look out for before deciding on Verbascum as the most suitable among Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia are that the pain gets worse from talking or from the slightest movement.
Spigelia – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for left-sided trigeminal neuralgia
Homeopathic medicine Spigelia has shown magnificent results in left-sided trigeminal neuralgia cases. The major symptom that guides towards use of Spigelia is violent pain in the left side of the face from trigeminal neuralgia. The pain can be tearing, stitching in nature and is felt over the left cheek, eye, temples and teeth. A burning sensation on the left side of the face may also be noted in cases where Spigelia would be one of the best Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia. Persons who will benefit most from Spigelia may also complain of sensitivity to touch on the left side of the face. Touching the face worsens the pain in such cases. The attacks of trigeminal neuralgia arising in cold, rainy weather are also strong indicators that Spigelia would be the best among Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia to prescribe.
Magnesium Phos – One of the top rated Homeopathic medicines for right-sided trigeminal neuralgia
Magnesium Phos is one of the majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia of the right side. I have seen highly satisfactory results in trigeminal neuralgia of the right side with use of Magnesium Phos. It is one of the most excellent Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia where neuralgic pain is present on the right side of the face. The pain can be stabbing, stitching, shooting or cutting in nature. Magnesium Phos is also one of the best Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia where there are unbearable, lightning like trigeminal neuralgia pains on the right side. Other prominent symptoms that are a sure sign that Magnesium Phos would be the best mode of treatment are worsening of trigeminal neuralgia pain from cold application or touch on the face. Warm applications and pressure bring relief in such instances.
Hecla Lava – Excellent among Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia that starts from a tooth
Homeopathic medicine Hecla Lava is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia related to dental problems. Hecla Lava is an excellent prescription for trigeminal neuralgia which originates from the tooth. Hecla Lava is recommended for trigeminal neuralgia from decayed tooth and also trigeminal neuralgia triggered after a tooth extraction. In both these cases, Hecla Lava has shown brilliant results and proved its worth as one of the most effective Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia cases of this type.
Aconite – Most prominent of Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia triggered by a draught of air
Homeopathic medicine Aconite has shown the most satisfactory results in trigeminal neuralgia cases where a draught of air triggers the attack. Aconite is mostly the choice among Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia where every exposure to a draught of air, no matter how small, sets off a pain attack. Along with pain, numbness and tingling sensation may also be felt in the face. The face may also appear red, hot and flushed when in pain. Restlessness may also be observed along with the above symptoms.
Hypericum – One of the best Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia resulting from injury
Hypericum is one of the most effective Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia resulting from trauma or injury. Hypericum attains top position among Homeopathic medicines that can bring lasting relief from nerve pains following injury. The trauma in such cases can be cranio facial or dental trauma. The resulting facial nerve pains are sharp, shooting, tearing or violent in nature. Along with pain, burning and tingling sensation may be felt in the face. Here Hypericum has shown proven efficiency as one of the best Homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia.