Trigeminal Neuralgia is a common neurologic disease. The cause
for it is still unknown. It is more seen in female over 40. It
shows as a frequent onset of sharp pain in the area of face that
the trigeminal nerves distributes. The pain can feel as cut,
burning, a drilling, It usually comes quickly and stops quickly
and lasts for several seconds or tens of seconds. It can be
triggered out by cold, hot, drink, eat, stress or tired, but
many times there is no any triggering factors.
medicine basically gives patients pain killer. It may work in
the beginning, but the dose has be to higher and higher along
with the history of the disease. The pain killer works pretty
much for the symptom, not for cure. If the pain killer does not
work, doctor may suggest a surgical operation by cutting the
nerves. The surgical operation may release the pain but may also
create side effect on the face by loss of feeling and others.
Traditional Chinese medicine works well for the trigeminal
neuralgia. The main therapy is herbal therapy and acupuncture,
especially the herbal therapy for cure.
needed to have a Chinese medicine diagnosis to choose the herbal
formula. Different people need different herbal formula, though
all of them have the trigeminal neuralgia as diagnosed according
to the western medicine.
person usually strong in body constitution, feels cold or
chilly, no sweat, and the pulse is floating and tight, we use
herbal formula Ma Huang Tang. If the person feels cold and
chilly, with or without hot, feels tired and has desire to lie
down for a nap, likes to stay in warm room and drink warm water,
and the pulse feels deep, thin and weak, use Ma Huang Fu Zi Xi
Xing Tang (plus Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang and Zhi Jing San). If the
person feels cold in stomach, likes to drink warm water, feels a
kind of “gas” rushing up to the head or face from time to time,
and pulse feels tight, big and deep, use Wu Zhu Yu Tang. If the
hands and feet feel cold, likes to drink cold water, and the
pulse feels strong and faster, use Si Ni San. If the person only
feels cold in hands and feet, but no inner hot, use Dang Gui Si
Ni Tang. If the face always feels cold, use Ma Huang Fu Zi Xi
Xing Tang or even Wu Tou Tang.
If the person dislikes hot, likes stay in cold room, drink cold
or ice water, use herbal formula Bai Hu Tang, or Bai Hu Jia Ren
Shen Tang, or Feng Yin Tang. If the person feels tightness on
the neck and on the upper back, use Ge Gen Tang. If there is
bloating feeling in the belly and the belly feels tight upon
touch and press, use Da Chai Hu Tang. If there is constipation
and bloating, use Xiao Cheng Qi Tang. If the person is red in
eyes, dry and bitter taste in mouth, constipation and has strong
yellow color in urine, and the tongue is red and tongue covering
is yellow and thick, and the pulse feels as a string, or
string-faster, use Long Dang Xie Gan Tang.
If the person feels dizziness and cloudy in mind, pressure
feeling in chest; the tongue is with purple and dark dots; and
the tongue covering is thick and greasy, and the pulse feels
deep-unsmooth, or deep-slippery, use Ban Xia Tian Ma Bai Zhu
Tang or Dao Tang Tang.
To all of the basic formula above, it is needed to add herb
Chuang Xiong, Bai Shao, Bai Zhi, Bai Fu Zi, Bai Jiang Cang，Quan
Xie, and Di Long.
If it is hard to make a clear
diagnosis, some herbal formula can be tried first, such as Tong
Tian Xiao Tong Fang, Shi Gao Huang Qin Tang, or Jia Wei Wu Bai
herb decoction should be drunk three times a day for one to two
months. By this way, the cure rate for the trigeminal neuralgia
can be as high as more than 70% and the improvement rate is
higher than 90%, under the condition that the Chinese medicine
diagnosis is correct.
the herbal therapy is the major therapy in the Chinese medicine
for cure of the Trigeminal neuralgia, acupuncture is also
frequently used, at least for quick cease of the pain. According
to the branch of the trigeminal nerve affected, the acupuncture
points chosen are also different. For the first branch, use
point Tai Yang, Yang Bei, Zan Zhu, and Tou Wei; for the second
and the third branches, use Tai Yang, Si Bai, Xia Guan, Ting
Hui, Di Cang, Cheng Jiang, and Yin Xiang, beside the main spots
of Feng Chi, Yi Feng, Xia Guan, Shou San Li, and He Gu.
acupuncture should be done once every day, at least once every
two to three days. It takes about one hour for each time and
cost $87. It needs more than 10 times to tell if the acupuncture
works or not. The efficiency of the acupuncture, as well as for
the herbal therapy, is to see if the intensity of the pain is
reduced, and if the frequency of the episodes is also reduced.
healing effects of the acupuncture does not only depend on the
personal skill of the acupuncture practitioner or the total
numbers of the acupuncture, but also on the frequency of the
acupuncture. Acupuncture needs to be done once every day for ten
days (one healing circle). The important of the acupuncture
frequency can be seen in the quit smoke program, in which we
need acupuncture once every day for 7 to 10 days. By this way,
the number of cigarette smoked can be reduced from more than 20
per day to 0 to 1 per day. If we perform the acupuncture once
every week for ten weeks, the person will still smoke 20
cigarettes after the 10 weeks!
are really interested to get rid of trigeminal neuralgia by the
Chinese medicine, you need to remember: the herbal therapy is
the most powerful therapy, though the acupuncture can also be
helpful. If we use acupuncture alone, more times of acupuncture
sessions would be needed.