Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by severe and acute pain, usually located unilaterally in the lower jaw and side of the face, but can also occur in the upper jaw or in the area of the temple, forehead and eye.
This excruciating pain can recur several times a day and be triggered by movements such as talking and chewing. Often, the patient describes the pain as an “electric shock”, which is due to the abnormal electrical discharge of the trigeminal nerve cells.
How is trigeminal neuralgia managed?
Acupuncture has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a scientific therapeutic approach with an effective ability to relieve pain. Acupuncture is an extremely effective and safe method for treating trigeminal neuralgia.
Advantages of acupuncture:
The analgesic effect of acupuncture is due to increased levels of mediators, including endorphin, encephalin and serotonin, in the plasma and brain tissue.
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Auricular acupuncture or auricular-therapy is a well documented means of treatment to help an overweight individual lose their excess kilos. The ear contains acupuncture points that, when triggered, can help you lose weight. This is because the outer ear is a microcosm representing organs–including the spleen, stomach, and mouth–that are responsible for appetite, satiation, cravings, and overall weight
Small needles are placed on specific points in the ear in order to: