Acupuncture for Trigeminal Neuralgia, Houston, TX

Trigeminal neuralgia, otherwise known as tic douloureaux, involves damage to one of the body’s largest cranial nerve bundles, also known as the trigeminal nerve. The disorder is characterized by searing pain similar to that caused by an electric shock. Trigeminal neuralgia is most often found in the lower face and jaw, but occasionally can appear near the eyes, nose, ears and lips. The pain lasts just a few minutes and is caused by damage to the trigeminal nerve that changes its structure or function. People with trigeminal neuralgia describe it as a severe burning or stabbing pain that feels as if it is shooting along the length of the damaged nerve. It is estimated that more than a million people around the world suffer from trigeminal neuralgia.

As with many other diseases, acupuncture has been demonstrated as an effective way to relieve the symptoms associated with trigeminal neuralgia. Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, involves the use of very thin needles that are carefully inserted into certain points on the body. The needles help to improve the movement of energy throughout the body by breaking up blockages in the flow along the way. Once the blockages are eliminated, the normal flow of energy can resume relieving pain and allowing healing to take place.

In order to treat trigeminal neuralgia, needles are inserted at key points along selected acupuncture meridians that are in line with the various branches of the trigeminal nerve. Sessions last an average of about 20-30 minutes after which sufferers typically report dramatic pain relief and a reduction in the frequency of symptoms. It is reported that the relief from acupuncture extends beyond the termination of acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture may also be combined with drug therapy that often includes the use of Carbamazepine or Baclofen, which have been found to be most effective.

One study examined the treatment of 700 people suffering from trigeminal neuralgia. The study concluded that the best results in curing the condition occurred in patients who chose acupuncture for their initial treatment. Others who chose drug or surgical interventions as their first course of therapy followed by acupuncture reported worse responses to acupuncture treatments.

By improving the flow of the body’s life energy, acupuncture may work to restore normal nerve function. It is also known that acupuncture stimulates the brain to release more of its natural pain relievers known as endorphins. This increase in blood levels and endorphins helps relieve pain and may shorten the duration of attacks of trigeminal neuralgia.

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