- Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique that involves inserting small needles into specific points throughout the body for pain relief. A recent study in the journal Medical Acupuncture demonstrated a significant beneficial effect when acupuncture treatments were administered to patients who were suffering from trigeminal neuralgia. Thus this would be a good option for anyone looking for a more “holistic” approach to pain relief.
- Chinese Herbs. Several Chinese herbs provide pain relief for those suffering from trigeminal neuralgia. Such herbs are available from Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists who include herbal medicine in their practices. They are also sold at herbal shops selling traditional Chinese medicines. They can guide you as to what combinations are most suited for offering pain relief for trigeminal neuralgia. However, please talk to your healthcare provider before beginning a regimen of any herbs.
- Creams & Ointments. Topical use of capsaicin cream or cayenne pepper for pain relief for trigeminal neuralgia has been shown to be effective. Creams or ointments such as IcyHot can be purchased at almost any pharmacy or grocery store. Alternatively, a pinch of cayenne pepper can be mixed with olive oil or other unscented facial cream and applied to the painful area.
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a very painful and debilitating condition to live with. Fortunately, as you can see, there are some treatments, regardless of what level of pain your case may be at, to treat your symptoms. It is worth noting that many of these approaches can be done concertedly and different methods will work better for some and not for others. With that being said, your healthcare provider is your number one resource for obtaining a therapeutic regimen that works for you.