Remedies for Trifacial Neuralgia
If you have episodes of pain in your face, you might have a condition known as trifacial neuralgia. Although the pain that you experience with this condition may be severe, the duration of the pain will commonly last only a few seconds. You may experience this shooting pain when you are using the muscles in your face, such as when smiling, but it can also occur, even if you are not using your facial muscles at all.
When someone suffers from trifacial neuralgia the condition will worsen over time; generally you will have to manage the condition with medications. One of the reasons that medication is the only course of treatment for this condition is that there has not been a lot of studies conducted for other methods of treatment.
Despite the fact that there are no studies to confirm the effectiveness of alternative treatments for trifacial neuralgia, a lot of people still search for another way to relieve their pain, either because they don’t want to continue taking medication for the rest of their lives, or because they cannot afford to do so. If you do decide to try an alternative treatment for your condition, it is very important that you consult with your doctor beforehand to ensure that the alternative treatment will not have dangerous side effects, or interfere with any medications that you are now taking.
Two of the most popular alternative treatments for trifacial neuralgia are acupuncture, as well as myofascial release. Acupuncture is an ancient method of treating ailments, especially pain. It is though that most illness and pain is caused by a blockage of energy in the body, and with acupuncture this blockage can be released so that the energy can again flow correctly. To use this as a treatment for pain, the acupuncturist will insert fine needles into particular areas of the body in order to rid the body of the energy block that is causing the pain.
The other alternative treatment for trifacial neuralgia myofascial release; this technique is thought to release the tension of the muscles and nerves. Due to the fact that the pain from this condition is thought to be the result of compressed nerves, a facial massage may very well reduce inflammation and relieve the pain.
Another method of controlling inflammation in order to relieve the pain associated with trifacial neuralgia is through a lifestyle change. Getting the proper nutrition can be beneficial, especially if you increase your intake of essential fatty acids; these can be found in fish oil due to its high concentration of omega-3. This is known to be a natural remedy for inflammation. Another natural food that is thought to help with the pain is green tea, due to its high concentration of antioxidants.
It is also thought that eating a lot of processed foods that contain gluten will trigger episodes of trifacial neuralgia. Reducing the amount of gluten that you consume should help in reducing pain. The types of foods that contain gluten include wheat, barley and rye.
Another type of treatment for trifacial neuralgia is known as Advanced Strain and Counterstrain. This treatment is a method of improving the blood flow in the face; lack of proper blood flow is another theory as to why some people suffer from this condition. Although this treatment also uses massage, the difference is that you will move into different positions to encourage better blood flow.
If you suffer from trifacial neuralgia you might benefit from an alternative treatment, but be sure to consult with your healthcare provider first.