Trigeminal Neuralgia – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also called tic douloure, is pain in the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from the face to the brain. Pain is felt in areas innervated by the trigeminal nerve, including the cheeks, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less commonly, the eye and forehead. This bread can range from occasional pangs of mild pain to bouts of intense shooting or shooting pain. This condition is usually caused by the following: pressure on the nerve from an artery or vein; as a result of aging; pressure due to a tumor; nerve damage due to multiple sclerosis and other diseases; and unknown causes. The pain can be triggered by simple things like shaving, stroking your face, eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, talking, putting on your makeup, finding a breeze, or smiling.

Ayurvedic treatment of TN aims to control the pain and treat the cause, if known. For symptomatic pain relief, medications such as Yograj-Guggulu, Kaishor-Guggulu, Trayodashang-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Vat-Gajankush – Ras, Vish-Tinduk-Vati and Agnitundi-Vati are used. The medicinal herbs used are: Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Dashmool (Ten roots), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Kuchla (Strychnos nuxvomica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Tagar (Valeriana wallichii), Shalparni ( Desmodium gangeticum), Prushnaparni (Uraria picta), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Marich (Piper nigrum), Khurasani-Ova (Hyoscyamus niger), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Sarpagandha ( Rauwolfia serpentina) and Jayphal (Myristica fragrans).

Patients with known neuritis or neuralgia can be treated with high doses of Kaishor-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh, and Ekang-Veer-Ras. With evidence of pressure on the nerve due to an artery or vein, medications such as Maha-Vaat-Vidhwans, Jatamansi and Sarpagandha can be used to reduce the sensitivity of the nerve. A tumor can be treated surgically or with drugs like Arogya-Vardhini, Kanchnaar-Guggulu, and Triphala-Guggulu. If the nerve is known to be damaged due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis, it can be treated with medications such as Kaishor-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh, Ashwagandha, and Yashtimadhuk.

Since these patients may not tolerate local drug applications, treatment options such as medicated augmentation may not be feasible in this condition. However, in some refractory patients who do not respond satisfactorily to the medications mentioned above, other treatment options can be tried. Bleeding from areas near the location of the trigeminal nerve, the use of leeches is a viable treatment option and can provide considerable pain relief.

It is important to note that the treatment must be given long-term to obtain good results and prevent recurrence.

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