Herbal & homeopathic remedies for neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

Neuralgia
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM - NEURALGIA

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

General description & overview of neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

Neuralgia is a painful condition characterized by burning or acute pricking sensation along the course of a sensory nerve. The name of the disease remains the same irrespective of the cause. In effect, sometimes the cause is not known at all. Related conditions include inflammation of the nerve / nerves.

There are various types of neuralgia such as trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal:

Trigeminal neuralgia is also known as tic douloureux and is one of the most common types of neuralgia. It affects one side of the face only causing brief but excruciating pain along the trigeminal nerve, which supplies sensation to the face, cheeks and jaw. Multiple Sclerosis or tumors pressing against the nerve are the usual suspects in this type of neuralgia, but the causes are otherwise generally unknown. The pain sometimes is so agonizing that spasms of the facial muscles (tic) are caused. It lasts between 30 minutes and an hour, and the facial pain occurs at the same time on successive days. Everyday activities such as brushing your teeth, washing your face or eating can trigger pain. Women over the age of 50 years are most commonly affected.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

TMJ Ease™

Homeopathic remedy to relieve jaw pain, inflammation & tension.

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SciatiGon

For the health and functioning of the sciatic nerve, with excellent tonic effects for the nervous system.

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Postherpetic neuralgia is a severe and unbearable pain experienced after an attack of Shingles (herpes infection) has disappeared. The affected area is extremely sensitive to any form of touch and pain is felt immediately. Postherpetic neuralgia occurs anywhere on the body, typically where the Shingles rash occurred. The pain may continue for a few months or even years. Infectious diseases that may also cause this type of neuralgia include syphilis and Lyme disease.

Occipital neuralgia occurs as a result of the spasms of pain to the front, back and sides of the head. It may be caused by a pinched nerve, compression of nerves in the spinal column, whiplash or sometimes even diabetes or gout. When tense muscles or ligaments presses against the nerve, irritation, inflammation and pain may occur. This pain is dull, throbbing, tingling and causes numbness.

Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is characterized by intense pain occurring along the glossopharyngeal nerve. Pain occurs spontaneously and is felt in the back of the throat, tonsils, (link to tonsillitis) tongue and occasionally the ears. This pain is usually triggered by talking, yawning, chewing or swallowing.

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Symptoms of neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

One or more of the following may be experienced.

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Reduced sensitivity and sensations of burning or stabbing

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Pain found in the same location for each episode, on or near the surface of the body, or along the path of a specific nerve

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Painfully high sensitivity on touching - pressure or touch to the affected area is felt as pain

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Muscle weakness as a result of motor nerve damage

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Facial nerves pain in cold weather.

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Causes of neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

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The basic cause is nerve abnormality, which could be due to injury or compression, as in the case of a fractured bone or a slipped disc.

Herbal supplements & cures for neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal). Viral infections may also cause Neuralgia and these infections are aided by alcohol and tobacco consumption.

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Certain HIV treating medicines are also thought to exacerbate these symptoms.

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Diabetes and accumulation of waste products in the blood are also held responsible for neuralgia.

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Deficiency of vitamin B12 and thiamin are also known causes of nerve damage.

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Some other reasons attributed to neuralgia are:

Tooth decay

Eating cold foods

Chewing, yawning, swallowing or talking

Eye strain

Nose infections

Shingles (herpes zoster)

Exposure to damp and cold

Arthritis

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

There are specific treatment options to reduce the symptoms of the various types of neuralgia. To relieve the symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia, topical pain relievers, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and antidepressants are used. Usually antiseizure drugs are prescribed to minimize the pain of postherpetic, trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralagias.

Trigeminal neuralgia may be numbed with radio frequency waves, gamma rays or glycerol injections if the patient does not respond to drug treatment. Surgery may also be required if neuralgia is caused by a tumor or artery compressing the nerve. In addition, alternative therapies that include B-complex vitamins, a diet high in protein, carbohydrates and fats as well as acupuncture have also been successful in the treatment of neuralgia.

Natural treatments are very effective for treating neuralgia and nerve damage, such as herbal and homeopathic remedies and tissue salts. These remedies are not only safe and gentle to use, but also supports general well-being and improve overall health. Tissue salts help to maintain cellular health in the organs and nervous systems of the body.

Herbal ingredients such as Zanthoxylum clava herculisis (Toothache Tree) and Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) contain anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the nervous system while at the same time relieve pain. Other beneficial herbs include Arctium lappa (Burdock) and Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil's Claw) which are excellent for treating arthritis, lumbago, rheumatism, fibrositis, sciatica and small joint disease.

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German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita or Chamomilla recutita) was regarded as one of the nine sacred herbs given to the world by ancient Anglo-Saxons. In modern times it is widely used as a gentle and soothing herb. Matricaria acts as a general tonic for the nervous system and is often used to soothe the back. The essential oil of German chamomile flower contains bisabols, flavonoids and azulenes that give this herb its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and muscle relaxing properties.

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Burdock (Arctium lappa) - In traditional herbal texts, burdock root is described as a “blood purifier” or “alterative” and was believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins. It also has an excellent effect on joint health, including the health of the vertebra and surrounding tissue.

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Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salts which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Iron in hemoglobin also helps to keep all body tissue, including the brain, supplied with oxygen. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.

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Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

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Kalium phosphate (Kali. phos. D6) is a homeopathic brain and nerve tonic par excellence as well as an amazing nerve nutrient. Used regularly it helps to calm and uplift the spirit and soothe common nervous tension and everyday stress. Kali. phos. is the most widely recommended tissue salt for soothing worry and distress.

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Juniper (Juniperus communis) – The oil of juniper berries is rich in flavonoids, tannins and specifically, monoterpenes which when used as herbal remedy is great for neuralgia and other muscle pains as well. Research has shown it to be a potentially diabetes treating herb also.

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Sweet woodruff (Asperula odorata) – This herb contains coumarins which have antispasmodic and sedative effect. This helps sweet woodruff in treating nervous agitations and therefore, dried aerial parts of the plant are used in herbal infusions and taken internally for treating neuralgia.

   
 

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

TMJ Ease™

Homeopathic remedy to relieve jaw pain, inflammation & tension.

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SciatiGon for neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

SciatiGon

For the health and functioning of the sciatic nerve, with excellent tonic effects for the nervous system.

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Dietary recommendations in neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

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B vitamin deficiency must be overcome by taking foods like brown rice, nuts, pulses, green leafy vegetables and whole meal bread. Usually, only vegetarians face this problem and therefore the above must become an integral part of their diet.

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Thiamin or vitamin B1 is found pork, potatoes, pulses and nuts. Its deficiency is again usually not found in developed nations but alcoholics may develop it at some point of time.

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Vitamin E deficiency may also cause nerve disorders. Hence foods rich in vitamin E like margarine, vegetable oil, nuts and avocados may be included in the diet.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

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Alcohol consumption to be reduced drastically.

Homeopathic medicines & cures for neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal). Nerves might die (paralysis) in neuralgia. So better see a doc fast.

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Saying no to tobacco is a must.

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Wear comfortable shoes as the compression of nerves (any nerve till the half way up) may occur due to faulty shoes.

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Trigeminal neuralgia may be numbed with radio frequency waves, gamma rays or glycerol injections if the patient does not respond to drug treatment.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in neuralgia (trigeminal, postherpetic, occipital and glossopharyngeal)

TMJ Ease™

Homeopathic remedy to relieve jaw pain, inflammation & tension.

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SciatiGon

For the health and functioning of the sciatic nerve, with excellent tonic effects for the nervous system.

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