Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is the pain caused by a compression of the trigeminal nerve, the largest of the twelve nerves in the cranium. The trigeminal nerve is primarily responsible for sensation in the face, and one of its three branches is responsible for the movement of the jaw as well.
One of the major causes of trigeminal neuralgia is the erosion of the nerve sheath called myelin. Some other causes may include compression by an adjacent blood vessel, physical damage by dental or other surgeries, genetic predisposition or rarely, a tumor or multiple sclerosis. Abnormalities usually occur at the inner nerve fibers that carry the sensation.
The trigeminal nerve is similar to other sensory nerves like the sciatic nerve in the spinal region, and the pain caused by compression can be as excruciating as sciatica. Most of the conventional treatments approach TN in a similar fashion as sciatic nerve treatment.
There is no specific remedy available for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia in homeopathy. It is in the case of such symptoms and diseases where the holistic approach of all alternative therapies proves to be a handy tool in treatment. The homeopathic approach to TN is to treat the overall symptoms and to strengthen the body so that it can heal itself.
A homeopathic physician, in the case of TN, would first gather the following information in the minutest possible details about the pain and the patient:
- The kind of sensation
- The timing of occurrence of the pain
- The factors that triggers pain
- Eating habits and preference to certain foods, if any
- Responses to heat and cold
- Sleeping positions and patterns
- Medical history of the family and the patient
- Stress factors
Howsoever insignificant some of the details may sound, in homeopathy nothing is left to chance. In many cases, a small stress factor in early life or the posture a patient sleeps in is of importance to identify the most suitable remedy. After correlating all the information, an attempt is made to treat TN as a constitutional disease rather than treating it as a local disease. Proper emphasis is given to the psychosomatic aspect because even if it is not likely to be a causative factor, a psychosomatic symptom may be a trigger that leads to trigeminal neuralgia.
As a trigeminal neuralgia and sciatica alternative remedy, homeopathy has given remarkable results in alleviating pain and removing the underlying causes that lead to these conditions. Some of the major advantages of treating TN with homeopathic remedies include effectiveness even in resistant cases, no side effects and reduction in frequency and severity of pain.
There are certain caveats attached to all homeopathic treatments in relation to the food items that you have to avoid and a specialist is the right person to consult in this regard. Properly selected after studying all the symptoms, a homeopathic remedy can be extremely effective.