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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is known as AnantaVata in Sanskrit. The root cause of trigeminal neuralgia according to Ayurveda is vata dosha, leading to pain in the trigeminal nerve. Ayurveda states that the origin of Trigeminal Neuralgia is from excess pitta (kapha) and ama (toxins), which are responsible for inflammation affecting all three doshas present within the human body.

The symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia due to vata (air) are sudden and shooting pain, mild swelling normally without any bumps or bruises. In this nerve disorder the affected individual may have their eyes or mouth open during an attack but he/she is not able to feel it because in that moment your senses lose all control over the tongue, face and lips muscles. The trigeminal neuralgia pain is unpredictable with periods of remission followed by painful episodes triggered by shampooing, shaving, eating spicy food or having a toothache.

How does Ayurveda treat Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Ayurveda recommends a combination of panchakarma (detoxification therapy) and yoga along with natural herbal and dietary products to help manage Trigeminal Neuralgia. The detoxification process will help get rid of toxins that have accumulated in the body, which are the root cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Ayurveda focuses on controlling vata dosha; Vata being the main cause for trigeminal neuralgia pain, it is important to bring balance among this dosha in your system.

After detoxifying your body with Ayurvedic herbs, yoga and mediation will be prescribed in order to reduce stress levels that often result from triggers related to trigeminal neuralgia. Ayurvedic herbs to control trigeminal neuralgia according to the individual constitution will be recommended for speedy recovery.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic disorder that causes severe, electric-shock-like pain in the areas of your face where you are supposed to feel the sensation. The trigeminal nerve is present at birth and carries sensory information from the face to the brain. When this disease attacks, it causes damage to the peripheral axons of this nerve; leading to a disruption of said signaling. A disruption in these signals can occur due to many different reasons:

Injury to the nerve itself. Changes in blood flow or pressure around the nerve. Some sort of trauma or injury causing insult (i.e.: broken nose).

This condition primarily affects middle-aged women between 30-70 years old, and typically shows itself due to a combination of the aforementioned causes.

Causes/Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia:

  • Pain from trigeminal neuralgia frequently radiates outward from the face and temple towards the ear, jaw, lower jaw, mouth, and cheek areas. Other problems can include:
  • Motor disturbances – difficulty moving the face, eyes, and mouth.
  • Difficulty moving the face, eyes, and mouth. Trigeminal neuralgia pain can be described as stabbing or shock-like facial pain that occurs several times a day. The pain lasts from a few seconds up to 2 minutes each time it occurs.
  • Saliva may drool down the chin during an episode of trigeminal neuralgia pain.
  • Rarely, temporary vision changes (blurring or loss) occur in one eye with rare triggers (e.g., eating cold food). Triggers differ for each person but common ones include brushing teeth/gums, getting dental work done or simply shaving the face (especially under the nose).

Symptoms may become worse for weeks or months, but most will eventually improve with treatment. Over time, many people will only experience pain less frequently and it can take a number of years before the pain stops entirely.