Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) occurs when a blood vessel applies pressure to the trigeminal nerve, which spans the face. Characterized by episodes of pain lasting from days to months, Trigeminal neuralgia produces intense flashes of pain that can be triggered by contact with wind, talking, shaving, brushing the teeth, eating, applying makeup and other tasks that involve contact with the cheek area. These flashes, or attacks, can last for a few moments and occur throughout the day with pain appearing in an isolated area of the face or radiating to other regions of the nerve. These episodes are generally tempered by periods when the individual experiences no pain, however as time progresses, these pain episodes become longer with shorter periods of relief.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Trigeminal Neuralgia.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of trigeminal neuralgia generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of trigeminal neuralgia:
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Trigeminal Neuralgia
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
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