9 Best Home Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Best Home Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a neuropathic disorder. Trigeminal nerve is the main nerve controlling the sensation in the face. It is the result of constant pressing of the blood  vessel on the nerve near the brain stem. Changes in the blood vessels of the brain can result in blood vessels rubbing against the trigeminal nerve root. Trigeminal nerve  consists of three branches – the ophthalmic nerve, the maxillary nerve, the mandibular nerve.

It normally involves the middle branch and the lower branch i.e., the  maxillary nerve, the mandibular nerve. There is intense pain in the face originating from the trigeminal nerve. Intense pain may be felt on any one side of the face. It lasts  for a few minutes to seconds and repeats itself the whole day. The pain is usually unbearable and leads people to depression and suicidal tendencies.

The pain can be  triggered by activities such as eating, talking, shaving and brushing teeth etc. Certain home remedies when regularly used can be helpful in pain relief of trigeminal neuralgia  but it is always advisable with patients of trigeminal neuralgia to consult their doctor.

Home Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia

1. Diet Intake

Monounsaturated fatty acids are high in essential fatty acids necessary for efficient metabolism thus helps in reducing inflammation. Monounsaturated fats are  found in natural foods like nuts and avocados, grape seed oil, ground nut oil, sesame oil and corn oil, canola oil, Hazelnuts, almonds, cashews and peanuts. Omega 3 fatty  acids and Vitamin B are required to strengthen the carnial nerves, including the trigeminal nerve.

The fruits and vegetables that are rich in Omega 3 and Vitamin B are eggs,  milk, juice, soymilk, yogurt, oatmeal, walnuts, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, Brussels sprouts, kale , mint , parsley ,legumes, nuts, whole grains, leafy greens, cheese, eggs etc. Vitamin A rich foods beneficial for boosting the immune system are apricots, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, frozen peas, mango, parsley, tomatoes, sweet potato, etc.

Diet Intake

2. Avocado Carrot Juice

This fortification of carrot avocado juice will provide you with all the required nutrients necessary for treating neuralgia. While avocado is rich in  Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5 and folic acid. The addition of carrot supplements it with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and folic acid.  Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) maintains the nervous system and promotes healthy brain activity and memory. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) the deficiency of which impairs iron  absorption.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) helps maintain the nervous system, helps in the synthesis of various hormones and works as an antioxidant. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)  helps to produce steroid hormones. Vitamin B6 is also important for the proper functioning of the nervous system, hormone functions and also the immune system.Folic  acid present in both helps to maintain the immune system and also prevents neural tube defects. Vitamin A boosts the immune system making heal faster. Vitamin C helps  in the formation of stress hormones. All of these nutrients together help in the proper functioning of the nervous system and also boosts the immune system.

Avocado Carrot Juice

3. Ashwagandha Oil

Application of the ashwagandha oil will give relief from nervous pain. The anti inflammatory properties will give relief from pain. Antioxidant properties  boost the immune system making healing faster. Sedative properties induce the nervous system to calm. Thus the application of this oil will give relief from pain.

 

Ashwagandha Oil

4. Almond Milk

Intake of almond milk gives you the required nutrients essential for fighting trigeminal neuralgia. It is better to prepare almond milk at home instead of  purchasing packaged bags as it will provide all the benefits of almond. Almond is a rich source of Vitamin B.

It contains Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) the deficiency of which  impairs iron absorption. Vitamin B3 (Niacin) helps to maintain the nervous system, helps in the synthesis of various hormones and works as an antioxidant.

Biotin present  helps every part of the body to achieve and maintain good health. It is also a rich source of iron and potassium. Vitamin E, an antioxidant protects the body from  neurodegenerative diseases. Overall it directly has a positive effect on the nervous system and also helps in healing faster, thus a good option for diet intake in trigeminal  neuralgia.

Almond Milk

5. Rose Mary

Applied, Rosemary’s analgesic properties help to relieve pain. Nervine properties helps to strengthen the carnial nerves, including the terminal nerve  and hence beneficial in trigeminal neuralgia. Antioxidant properties boost the immune system thus making heal faster.Being nerve sedative it induces the nerve system to  calm down thus giving relief from anxiety, trauma. It gives the same benefits when taken internally as tea but should be avoided by pregnant women.

Rosemary

6. Cayenne Pepper

Mix a pinch of cayenne pepper with olive oil. The Capsaicin from the cayenne pepper blocks the pain by decreasing Substance P, a chemical that transmits  pain signals between nerves. People who bleed easily and are hypersensitive to cayenne pepper should avoid using this treatment.The moisturizing properties of olive oil  make the product slip deep into the skin. The antioxidant properties boost the immune system making heal faster. Anti inflammatory properties alleviates inflammation  thus beneficial for trigeminal neuralgia.

cayenne-pepper

7. Foods To Avoid

Diet rich in saturated fats, Trans fats, and high glycemic index foods stimulate inflammation i.e., excessive saturated fats blocks the body from repairing the  damage caused to the nerves in the face.Foods that contain a high proportion of saturated fat are butter, ghee, suet, tallow, lard, coconut oil, cottonseed oil and palm  kernel oil, dairy products (especially cream and cheese), meat as well as some prepared foods. Foods that are rich in high glycemic index are soft drinks, white bread/rice,  potatoes, beer, cake, commercial creels etc.

butter

8. Compresses

Placing Heat packs and ice packs over the cheeks and jaws gives instant relief. The packs help in soothing the muscle ache thus acting as a muscle relaxant.

Compresses

9. Relaxation Techniques

Listen to music as this will help to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety and stress. Cultivate some hobbies for relaxation, as this will help in improving concentration, at the same time you will be engaged in something positive and will also help to calm down the nerves and be creative.

  Relaxation Techniques




  • Christina Roeters

    Drugs..there is not other way to stop this pain long term,trust me.

    • Kimberly Raupp

      what have you found that helps? I have to find a combiination on my own, as my neuro is not helping me now. He is grasping at straws.

      • Chicky Andersson

        Too many docs don’t know what TN is. Keep looking. they are out there somewhere. I feel for you.

    • Alessandro Arnone

      any drugs you recommend? im taking a number and none are working

      • Christina Roeters

        Gabapentin has worked well for me. Still get a little “shadow’ pain when I am too tired and do have to watch out for caffeine and citric acid..but all and all it is fine. Absolutely no alcohol on this drug though. Good luck, and I mean that!

        • Kimberly Raupp

          ha! Alcohol! What you speak is so true.I stopped a three month remission by thinking it would be okay to have ONE drink. tough lesson to learn. no alcohol ever again.

          • Kymbo Kimberley

            I will NEVER drink again either

        • Chicky Andersson

          Be very careful with Gabapentin. It does work, but you can go blind from it. ANY blurred vision, call your doc right away.

          • Christina Roeters

            That is one of the rarest of side effects and occurs in less than 0.3% of the population. Usually in people over 60 year of age. I have been on gabapentin for 6 years and have not had any issues. However, the risks of any drug must always be weighed against the benefits…gabapentin gave me my life back; granted it isn’t a fit for evereyone.

    • Kymbo Kimberley

      I totally agree.. I eat all the right things etc and this may help to some degree but I would die without my Tegratol

  • Gavin Lackey

    Has the person who wrote this had any experience with trigeminal neuralgia? I have trigeminal neuralgia and have never read such a load of rubbish. Capsaicin might help some, but the rest of this article is a load of tripe! Actually, perhaps I will try some tripe, that has as much chance of working as any of the other stuff mentioned

    • Kimberly Raupp

      have you found anything that works> Im desperate to find anything that will. My neurologist is grasping at straws now, and I need to find help on my own.

      • Ellen

        cymbalta gabapentin b12 magnesium mindfull meditation

        • nurseykw

          I tried gabapentin but I don’t want the side effects and the tolerance I will build to constantly needing more, of this brain changing drug. I found that Young Living Copaiba taken internally and rubbed on the painful areas, takes the pain away. It’s active ingredient is beta cariophyline, which is a naturally occurring cannabinoid. No THC, just cannabinoid. I also changed my diet and reduced my stress and try to avoid noisy environments which I know exacerbates the pain and pressure. No more pharmaceuticals!

      • Ben Toole

        oxcarbazepine and gabapentin

    • sandyjohn5221948

      I couldn’t agree with you more! I stopped and read the part about Capsaicin twice. It would have been nice if he/she said what to do with it! Drink it, put it on your head and face or what? That is the only remedy she offered that I would even consider trying. The other stuff is pure crap!

  • Tammy Williams

    I recently had a flare up and put ice pack on the side of my. Neck that was causing pain brought some relief. This was a severe flare up for me I think if it was a minor one it would of really helped. But I’m looking for something to stop the flare ups all together so I appreciate any feedback!

    • Kimberly Raupp

      Ice? There’s no way anyone could put ice on me- first touch of ice intensifies my pain 100 percent. Sane thing with that heat pack mentioned above – during my flarwups I can’t touch my face

      • Don

        Warm face cloths work for me. Have a large bowl with 1/4 cold water. Add hot water from a pot to tge bowl till it is barely tolerable to touch. Soak cloth and gently apply to the area affected. I hope this helps. It works for me.

        • Chicky Andersson

          or get a moist heating pad. Then if the moisture is bothering you, you can use the heating pad dry.

      • Chicky Andersson

        Sometimes ice helps, and sometimes heat helps, but sometimes both make a flare worse. moist heat, sometimes. It’s such a crap shoot with this beast.

      • Amie Williams

        Me too!!! I tried both….but everything I read says they both provide instant relief 🤔 not for me! It’s awful!!! 😭

  • Jojo L. Lopes

    I’ve had it off and on for 2 years but the last year has been constant pain. The medications aren’t working I’m going in for an MRI next week and wanted atleast some
    Comfort prior to the date. Life has been miserable since I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. Can’t eat, sleep or talk. Wednesday I’m actually trying Accupuncture to see if I get some comfort.

    • Don

      Did acupuncture help at all?

      • Jojo L. Lopes

        No, not really I did it 3 weeks in a row. My doctor changed my meds then i did a MRI and they want me to severe the nerve and or shoot that area with radiation and I haven’t decided what I’m going to do next. surgery isn’t guaranteed but he promised to make me feel better at least 70% but don’t wanna risk my face not working at all and end up looking like a stroke victim with my face not working at all. So as of right now I’m just living with the pain.

  • Jess

    I have found chiropractic to help a lot.

    • Chicky Andersson

      I seriously doubt that. NO way would I want a chiro touching my jaw or neck with this condition.

      • Christina Roeters

        Tried the chiro thing..you’re right..don’t bother.

  • Maggie Reid

    Take a sock and fill it with rice, a few drops of lavender oil, and a pinch of salt. Tie a knot in the top of the sock leaving room for the rice to spread out. Slightly, barely moisten the sock, then heat it microwave for a one minute. Apply to TN affected area. Reheat as necessary but do not use it too hot. The relief is amazing, the rice stays warm and it conforms to the facial contours.

  • Raw-food diet. It sucks, but it works… oh, yeah, and an editor for this article—that’d work too! 😉

  • Katherine joseph

    Only way to get rid of TN pain is medication from your doctor and possible microvascular decompression or Gamma Knife surgery. Natural remedies will NOT help. This is a complicated nerve problem. I’ve suffered with it for over 30 years. I had a MVD surgery 15 years ago, if worked but i still get the occasional flare up. Rubbing this and that on is not going to help at all.

    • Kymbo Kimberley

      Agree wholeheartedly.

  • Christian Jackson

    During an attack and I had severe attacks, nothing helps. I began studying alt med and i am currently going to school to become a natruopath, becasue what I did for myself worked. Diet, oils, and supplements help tremendously. I do not take any nerve medicine because that stuff is horrific, the things it can do to your overall health. I do have to turn to opiods and maxalt in last ditch desperate attempts. But I have noticed that when I far off the diet and supplementation, I am more likely to had an episode.

    • Lino Pizzonia

      It sounds like you have it under control and I’m glad to hear that. Though, taking the opioids might be what is actually making the pain subside and not the supplements. Have you tried everything without the opioids? Also, they can be just as harmful to your health as a nerve meds, not to mention the high addiction factor.

    • Koya Trapp

      Hello Christian my name is Koya im 21 and ive had TN for a few years now but ive just found out i have it, im alwyas in pain and dont know what to do, ive been looking for people who also have TN is there any way i can email you or you email me so that i can get some advice? my email is [email protected]

  • Chicky Andersson

    Obviously this person has no experience with TN. It is the worst pain imaginable, and unfortunately it’s the addictive drugs that work, nothing else. there needs to be a cure, and soon.

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  • Sridharan Venkatachalam

    I am living with TN for the past 12 years and want to know is there any naturopathy or homeopathic treatment for this