- 1 Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia
- 2 Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia Naturally
- 3 Things to Remember
- 4 Final Thoughts
If you have Trigeminal Neuralgia and want to know more about it, then this article is right for you. We’ll talk about what this condition is and the different ways of treating Trigeminal Neuralgia naturally. Let’s start by getting to know what this condition is.
Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia
Let’s first understand some basic anatomy. We have cranial nerves, a dozen pairs actually, linked to our brain. One of these nerves is the trigeminal nerve. What these nerves do is that they allow us to feel different sensations in the face.
Although having multiple branches, we have 3 main strands that run from our jaw toward the forehead. These are found inside the skull and not just below the skin. When our trigeminal nerve is having issues, then we experience extreme pain. This is what is called Trigeminal Neuralgia.
The symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia can emerge randomly. It is an intense, almost unbearable kind of pain and is usually just felt on one part of the forehead or the face. There are two ways that the pain develops.
First is the “typical” where you feel a sensation similar to an electric shock and this is felt at one part of the head. It can happen unexpectedly such as while you’re brushing your teeth, eating, or just talking. The second type is the “atypical” where you still feel the same kind of pain but it is a dull, continuous, and constant kind of pain.
Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia Naturally
There are several pain medications for addressing Trigeminal Neuralgia. However, if you want a natural approach to treating this condition, there are those options as well. Here are some of the ways you can treat Trigeminal Neuralgia naturally.
Magnesium for Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia
One of the first things that you can do to alleviate the pain is to help the Trigeminal nerve to calm down. Having a highly sensitive nerve can make it fire off erratically, causing you pain. The next thing is to start rebuilding the myelin sheath which protects it. Doing this strengthens the trigeminal nerve.
With magnesium, you can achieve both of those goals. There have been studies that state that magnesium, combined with Folic acid can calm the trigeminal nerves. It may even improve the impulse flow along those nerves. Another research suggests that if magnesium is taken intravenously on a weekly basis, faster results may be achieved.
What to Consume to Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia?
There are many ways to address the condition and one of that is by watching what you eat or drink. You may have even experienced being unable to eat because even the gentlest chewing can trigger an attack. Here’s a short list of what you should avoid eating or drinking.
• Soft drinks
• Fatty food
• Spicy food
By avoiding the food mentioned above, you’ll be able to reduce the possibility of the trigeminal nerve firing and causing you pain. Here’s a list of the food that are safe to eat when you have Trigeminal Neuralgia.
• Sweet potatoes
Along with these, you can also drink your favorite herbal tea a number of times a day. The herbal tea can be a mixture of kava, valerian, and Hypericum. With this combination, the pain in your neurons and also the inflammation can be reduced more effectively as compared to pain medications.
Using Capsaicin Cream for Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain
This cream is made using chili peppers. It helps in blocking the pain messages coming from your nerves. There have been studies that show that when you combine using this cream with acupuncture, your recovery from Trigeminal Neuralgia can be felt faster.
When you order this cream, try to get one in a roll-on tube because it’s more convenient to apply on the affected area. Studies suggest that to experience faster relief, you ought to use it thrice a day for four to five days.
Acupuncture to Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia
Acupuncture is known to be to go-to treatment for various kinds of health issues. It can help in clearing up blockages as well as aid in boosting one’s energy. You can try going to a session a day for a week to ten days. It may help in treating Trigeminal Neuralgia and also fix some of the other health issues you may be experiencing.
Things to Remember
Now that you know the various ways to treat Trigeminal Neuralgia naturally, you can try them and see what works best for you. However, do take note that Trigeminal Neuralgia is a medical condition and that it is still best that you talk to your doctor about your options.
It will benefit you if you communicate with your physician that you want to try natural remedies for treating Trigeminal Neuralgia. This way, the doctor can give you better insight into the science behind the different treatments for the condition.
Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia naturally is possible. It has been studied and many experts are continually doing their research on how to address this condition. If you suspect that you have Trigeminal Neuralgia, go to your doctor so that you will be evaluated and diagnosed properly. It is important that you know what condition you have so that you will be able to take the right steps in seeking treatment for it.
Dr. Tymothy L. Flory graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Before opening Atlas Brain Spine, Dr. Flory practiced Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Flory completed Board Certification of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association in 2012 and is currently a Credentialed Instructor for the organization.