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What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

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UNDERSTANDING Trigeminal neuraglia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a neurological disorder characterized by severe facial pain originating from the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for transmitting sensory information from the face to the brain. It is often described as sudden, intense, and electric shock-like pain that can be triggered by everyday activities such as speaking, eating, or even gentle facial movements. Trigeminal neuralgia can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, causing debilitating pain and affecting their ability to perform daily tasks.

SYMPTOMS of trigeminal neuralgia

If you have trigeminal neuralgia, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden and severe facial pain, typically on one side of the face
  • Episodes of pain lasting from a few seconds to a couple of minutes
  • Pain triggered by routine activities such as eating, talking, or touching the face
  • Bouts of pain that come and go, with periods of remission and recurrence
  • Pain that is described as sharp, shooting, or like an electric shock
  • Sensitivity to touch, heat, or cold in the affected areas of the face

ACUPUNCTURE FOR trigeminal neuralgia

Acupuncture can be a valuable adjunct therapy for managing trigeminal neuralgia and providing relief from facial pain. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to reduce inflammation, calm the nervous system, and restore balance in the body. Benefits of acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia include:

Acupuncture has been shown to effectively alleviate pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia, providing a non-invasive and drug-free approach to pain management.

Acupuncture sessions can help decrease inflammation in the affected areas, contributing to the relief of pain and discomfort.

Acupuncture has a regulating effect on the nervous system, helping to calm overactive pain signals and restore balance in neural pathways.

Trigeminal neuralgia can be emotionally distressing, causing anxiety and stress. Acupuncture has a calming effect on the mind and body, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Acupuncture sessions provide a holistic approach to health, supporting overall well-being and enhancing the body’s natural healing mechanisms.