Can you imagine feeling a ‘start’ in your face as you brush your teeth, or shave? If you have trigeminal neuralgia [TN], you may know exactly what this could be like. You also may ‘feel’ extreme numbness, tingling, or burning on the face. Any pulsation on your face, even talking, washing your face etc., can set the twinge. The condition may come and go, disappearing for a few days, or even months. But, the longer you have it, the less often it ‘goes away.’


Trigeminal neuralgia [TN] also known as Tic douloureux is a neuropathic disorder of one, or both, of the trigeminal nerves, which are responsible for such sensations. Its nickname is ‘the suicide disease,’ because of severe associated pain and the fact that it is not easily controlled, or cured. TN causes intense episodic pain along the ear, eye, lips, nose, scalp, forehead, teeth, or jaw, on one side and/or alongside the face.

About one in 15,000 suffer from trigeminal neuralgia. It usually affects people over 50, most notably women.

TN is usually caused by a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve. Multiple sclerosis, tumours, injury, or traumatic events, can also cause TN. In some cases, it is idiopathic [without any apparent cause]. Conventional medicine advocates the use of anticonvulsants, low doses of anti-depressants, botox etc. Most patients cannot tolerate them due to their unpleasant side-effects. Individuals who do not improve with such prescriptions are advised surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve.

There was this patient, who first felt a ‘shock’ sensation above her lip; it eventually moved throughout the right side of her face and forehead. The pain became progressively worse — this was precipitated by brushing teeth, washing face, eating, and talking. When cold water was splashed on her face, it made her pain worse; so also when cold breeze hit her face. She experienced dizzy spells, ringing in her ears, and hearing loss in her right ear too. In spite of taking conventional medicines, she continued to have agonising pain, on the right side of her face and forehead — this was discomfiting.

Conventional medicine has no real answers, as already cited, other than surgery to possibly impact the involved nerve. It was at this stage that this patient decided to opt for natural treatment — homeopathy. As the homeopathic treatment progressed, the pain gradually reduced and the numbness too, among other things, eased to a great extent — so also recurrence.


Homoeopathy is evidenced to be a safe, effective alternative to conventional medicine for trigeminal neuralgia. Most importantly, homeopathic medicines for trigeminal neuralgia are without side-effects. They help to control recurrent pain — whatever the nature of the problem. Homeopathic treatment also depends upon personality characteristics and the overall temperament of the individual — in every given case. It offers long-term pain control and may also help to avoid the use of the scalpel. In other words: surgery.


  • Eat a diet that is low in saturated fat
  • Follow-up with your homeopathic doctor on a regular basis.
  • Include brown rice, cooked or dried cherries, cranberries, pear and prune; also, cooked green, yellow or orange vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, beans,  and tapioca, in your diet
  • Avoid high acidic foods like tomatoes, vinegar and pickles, or high-arginine foods, including nuts and chocolates; caffeine; artificial sweeteners
  • Avoid chillies, mint and spices, including black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg — they may trigger ‘heightened’ stimulation in your mouth, activating trigeminal neuralgia


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