Trigeminal Neuralgia is painful!
“Neuralgia” means pain along a nerve. Nerve pain is particularly challenging because of its intensity.
The trigeminal nerve is a three branched (“tri”) nerve that covers a large area on the side of the face (see image).
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a very painful condition usually affecting one side of the face. Something has irritated the trigeminal nerve, which results in the sensation of pain – this is the perspective from western medicine.
Meridian Massage Approach to Trigeminal Neuralgia
When Qi cannot flow, it backs up, gets stuck, and it stagnates. Wherever Qi stagnates, there is the potential for pain. Meridians are the pathways where Qi flows. There are several meridians on the sides of the face but two, in particular, almost mirror portions of the trigeminal nerve.
- The San Jiao (or Triple Heater) meridian wraps tightly around the ear and then travels to the outer eyebrow (see image below).