Finding Relief from Trigeminal Neuralgia
Finding Relief from Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Facial nerve pain, also known as Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), is a complex condition that is anything but easy. The pain is typically localized in areas such as the lips and teeth, and it can come in sudden flashes, making it uncomfortable to smile or eat. The trigeminal nerve is susceptible to damage from tumors, blood vessels, and multiple sclerosis. Additionally, many other situations can irritate the nerves.[1]


Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia

Before delving into how acupuncture can help TN, it’s essential to understand the nature of the condition. TN affects the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for transmitting sensations from the face to the brain. Even the slightest touch or movement can trigger sudden, severe bursts of pain, often described as electric shocks or stabbing sensations. The pain can be debilitating, impacting daily activities and significantly reducing the quality of life for those affected.

How Acupuncture Relieves Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Pain Relief: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. By modulating pain pathways, acupuncture can significantly reduce the intensity and frequency of TN pain episodes.[2]
  • Inflammation Reduction: Inflammation around the trigeminal nerve is a common feature of TN. Acupuncture has anti-inflammatory effects, reducing swelling and inflammation, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Muscle Relaxation: Tension in facial muscles can exacerbate TN pain. Acupuncture targets trigger points and muscle knots, promoting relaxation and reducing pressure on the trigeminal nerve.
  • Stress Reduction: Stress and anxiety often worsen TN symptoms. Acupuncture induces a state of relaxation, lowers cortisol levels, and helps manage stress, thereby alleviating pain and improving overall well-being.[3]
  • Improved Blood Circulation: Enhanced blood flow to the affected area promotes healing and reduces inflammation, providing relief from TN pain.
  • Complementary Therapy: Acupuncture can complement conventional treatments for TN, enhancing pain relief and reducing reliance on medications, thereby minimizing potential side effects.[4]

At Happipuncture, our experienced acupuncturists will do their best to hear what you’re struggling with to target areas of your body that need stimulation. Whether you’re coping with trigeminal neuralgia or you just want to enjoy a lovely relaxing session, we’re here for you. 

Of course, everyone is different, and your case may be different from someone else’s. We would love to have a talk with you to figure out the best route for you to take. To speak with our team, please visit our contact page or call us at 09-2182992.

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[1] Tyler Wheeler, MD. Trigeminal Neuralgia. 2022 November 17.

[2] Edwards JW, Shaw V. Acupuncture in the management of trigeminal neuralgia. Acupunct Med. 2021 Jun; 39(3):192-199.

[3] Liao CC, Lin CL, Liao KR, Li JM. Long-Term Beneficial Effects of Acupuncture with Reduced Risk of Depression Development Following Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2020 Dec 4; 16:2961-2973.

[4] Gao J, Zhao C, Jiang W, Zheng B, He Y. Effect of Acupuncture on Cognitive Function and Quality of Life in Patients With Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 Mar; 207(3):171-174.