Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is an extremely painful neuropathic disorder, which was actually nicknamed “Suicide Disease” due to the intense, stabbing and unbearable pain it causes the sufferer and the fact that many were taking their own lives before any effective treatments were available. The primary nerve that controls sensation in the face is the trigeminal nerve.
TN happens as a result of non-stop pressure from the blood vessel on the nerve close to the brain stem. Blood vessels can rub against the trigeminal nerve root when the blood vessels of the brain are changed. A person living with TN may experience pain felt on any one side of the face. There are certain events that trigger TN pain and many are unavoidable such as eating, brushing teeth and talking.
Thankfully, there are some remedies that can help with the pain that this disease causes. Read on to learn of some natural remedies, but make sure to consult with your doctor before practicing them.
Pay attention to diet
Try foods that reduce inflammation such as monounsaturated fat foods. Avocados and oils such as grape seed, sesame, corn and canola oil. Nuts such as hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts and almonds. Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin B are necessary to strengthen the trigeminal nerve. Some choices include: juice, soy milk, oatmeal, leafy greens, kale, mint, legumes and whole wheat. Vitamin A foods are great for the immune system. Some options include: apricots, cabbage and mango.
Foods to avoid: Any foods high in saturated and trans fats as well as those with a high glycemic index. They simulate inflammation. Fatty foods include: butter, lard, coconut, palm kernel, and cottonseed oil. Dairy products, meat and prepared foods. High glycemic foods include: soft drinks, beer, cake, processed foods and white bread, rice and potatoes.
The application of this oil provides relief from nerve pain, especially due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It has antioxidants (immune system helpers), and sedative properties that calm the nervous system.
Homemade almond milk
This contains the nutrients needed to fight TN. It’s best prepared at home to get the complete Vitamin B benefits that almonds provide.
The analgesic properties of rosemary help with pain relief when applied. Cranial nerves receive strengthening help from its nervine properties. Rosemary is a nerve sedative; therefore, it relieves the nervous system from trauma and anxiety. This is also good taken as a tea, but should not be used by pregnant women.
Cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil
Substance P, a chemical that transmits pain signals between nerves, is decreased from the capsaicin from cayenne pepper. A mixture of cayenne and olive oil application will penetrate deeply into the skin because of olive oil’s moisturizing benefits. This is also anti-inflammatory. Don’t use this remedy if you bleed easily or have a sensitivity to cayenne pepper.
The heat or cold from placing a compress on your face will provide relief. Compresses may also act as muscle relaxants.