Trigeminal Neuralgia and Acupuncture

Trigeminal neuralgia refers to a condition of unknown cause that produces pain in the face. The pain is usually felt on one side and is often described as burning, shooting or sharp. The pain often results from a light touch of the face that produces intense pain. Trigeminal neuralgia may come on for no known reason or may be linked to an event such as a whiplash injury. The pain is usually episodic and on one side of the face only. The pain may occur in severe bouts for no known reason. Often the pain may stop for a while and resume as an aching. Usually trigeminal neuralgia does not effect the muscles and is not known to cause muscle contractions of the face.
Trigeminal neuralgia is also known as tic douloureux. The trigeminal nerve is one of the cranial nerves. The cranial nerves originate directly from the brain (not the spine) and exit the cranium directly.
Acupuncture is one recognized treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. Acupuncture treatment for trigeminal neuralgia may involve both needle and electric acupuncture. Most often a short series of treatments is recommended over several weeks. Usually, 5-6 acupuncture treatments over 2 weeks is a good initial trial of treatment.

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