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Neuralgia

trigeminal neuralgia

Neuralgia is defined as an intense burning or stabbing pain caused by irritation of or damage to a nerve. The pain is usually brief but may be severe. It often feels as if it is shooting along the course of the affected nerve.

Different types of neuralgia occur depending on the reason the nerve has been irritated.

Neuralgia can be triggered by a variety of causes, including tooth decay, eye strain, or shingles (an infection caused by the herpes zoster virus). Pain is usually felt in the part of the body that is supplied by the irritated nerve.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that affects trigeminal nerve. Excruciating, shooting stabbing pain in area of distribution of trigeminal nerve.

What is Trigeminal Nerve?

The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve responsible for sensation in the face and motor functions such as biting and chewing.

Term trigeminal word is derived from tri – three; germinal – branches. Nerve has three major branches: the ophthalmic nerve, the maxillary nerve, and the mandibular nerve .

Ophthalmic nerve – The ophthalmic nerve supplies branches to the cornea, ciliary body, and iris; to the lacrimal gland and conjunctiva; to the part of the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity; and to the skin of the eyelids, eyebrow, forehead and nose.

Maxillary nerve -It comprises the principal functions of sensation from the maxillary, nasal cavity, sinuses, the palate and subsequently that of the mid-face, and is intermediate, both in position and size, between the ophthalmic nerve and the mandibular nerve.

Mandibular nerve – is the largest of the three divisions of the trigeminal nerve. In general, the mandibular nerve supplies the lower face for sensation over the mandible, including the attached teeth, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and the mucous membrane of the mouth as well as the anterior two-thirds of the tongue

Trigeminal neuralgia most commonly involves the middle branch (the maxillary nerve) and lower branch (mandibular nerve) of the trigeminal nerve.

Causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia ?

Clinical features of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Conventional Treatment of  Trigeminal Neuralgia

Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of  Trigeminal neuralgia. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica [1] section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.

Commonly indicated homeopathy medicines for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Belladonna

Arsenicum

Platinum

Mezereum

Verbascum

Neuralgia Cases Cured with Homeopathic Medicine

Sudden Facial Neuralgia in a Woman of 45 – by Diderik Finne [2]

CASE OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA – by Kate Hudson, Christiane Magee [3]

Two Cases of Trigeminal Neuralgia – by Kathrine Dehn [4]

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