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7 Homeopathic Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a painful, chronic condition which affects the trigeminal nerve and causes facial pain. It causes severe pain along the course of the trigeminal nerve (usually due to irritation or damage to the nerve). The pain is typically abrupt and intense. Homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia helps reduce the severity and recurrence of sudden pains. The top homeopathic remedies for trigeminal neuralgia include medicines like Spigelia, Magnesia Phosphorica, and Verbascum.    homeopathic remedies for trigeminal neuralgia

The intensity of the pain may cause a person to contort his/her face in a twisted expression. A sudden, stabbing pain associated with this disease is known as tic douloureux.
Though the condition is not life-threatening, it can hinder one’s quality of life and can lead to chronic pain syndrome which usually affects the activities of daily life and can lead to depression in some individuals.

Homeopathic Remedies for Trigeminal Neuralgia

In the conventional system of medicine, anticonvulsants and antispasmodic agents are prescribed to the patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia. The results of these drugs are usually short-term and can lead to the progression of the disease. They may cause unpleasant side effects like confusion, nausea, and drowsiness.
Botox injections are administered as a last resort. In cases of severe, recurrent episodes, surgery or radiation therapy may be required.

In the homeopathic mode of treatment, the treatment begins once a complete case history is taken, including the location, sensation, time and modalities of the pain. Particular attention is paid to the factors that trigger the complaint. Homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia works by acting internally to treat the underlying cause of the problem. Caught in the early stages (with the initial symptoms), homeopathic medicines can help reverse the condition with minimal chances of recurrence.

Homeopathic medicines work by managing the acute symptoms that are most troublesome and difficult to bear. They further help manage the condition by minimizing the intensity of pain. These medications are entirely natural, safe and free from any side effects. Homeopathic medications can give long-term relief in cases of trigeminal neuralgia and can enable an individual to have a good quality of life.

1. Spigelia: For Neuralgia on the Left Side

Spigelia is derived from the plant Pinkroot. The natural order of this plant is Loganiaceae. Spigelia is an excellent medicine for left-sided trigeminal neuralgia. Facial pain located on the left side of the face that comes and goes suddenly are the primary features that indicate the need for this medicine. The eye, cheek, teeth, and temple on the left side of the face are particularly painful. The nature of pains varies from stabbing, violent, burning like hot needles or wires, jerking, tearing, to stitching type. The affected area is highly sensitive to touch. In a few cases, pains worsen from morning to sunset. The attacks of trigeminal neuralgia arising in cold, rainy weather are also strong indicators to use Spigelia.

Key indications for using Spigelia for Trigeminal Neuralgia:

  • Pain on the left side of the face.
  • The occurrence of sudden pain on the affected part.
  • The affected area becomes highly sensitive to touch.

2. Magnesia Phosphorica: For Neuralgia on the Right Side

Magnesia Phosphorica is medicine for cases of right-sided trigeminal neuralgia. Pain usually starts from the right eye and extends to the whole right side of the face. The pain of stabbing, stitching, shooting, cutting character is present. Pain may return every two to three hours. Pains on the right side of the face may alternate with a toothache or frequently change location, rushing about like a bolt of lightning.

The pain may get worse from slightest touch, cold application, motion, a draft of air, cold washing, eating. The patient may get relief by warmth application and pressure. Facial neuralgia beginning on opening the mouth to eat or drink is also indicative of using this medicine.

Key indications for using Magnesia Phosphorica for Trigeminal Neuralgia:

  • Pain on the right side of the face.
  • Pain in the affected area gets worse from touch.
  • Pain on opening the mouth.

3. Verbascum: For Neuralgia with Marked Periodicity

Verbascum (also known as Mullein Oil) is a medicine for trigeminal neuralgia that is prepared from the plant Verbascum Thapsus. The medicine is derived from the plant when flowering begins. The plant belongs to the natural order Scrophulariaceae.
This medicine has a pronounced action on the third branch of the trigeminal nerve. Periodical facial pain of tearing, stitching, cramping, crushing nature appears periodically. Pain seems to occur in flashes, happening at the same hour in the morning and afternoon every day. The smallest movement triggers facial pain. Neuralgia of the left side of face occurs more commonly in cheeks and temporo-maxillary joint. A pressure in the entire left side of the head and face may be present. Pains get triggered by sneezing, talking and change of weather. Another indication is a benumbing, sticking and piercing type of pain deep in the right temple while eating, which extends to upper teeth of the same side after a few hours. Severe pressing, pinching pain on the side of the lower jaw also indicates the need for this medicine.

Key indications for using Verbascum for Trigeminal Neuralgia:

  • Pain in flashes on the affected part of the face.
  • Pain on face triggered by the smallest movement.
  • Pain in the right temple while eating.

Other Important Remedies

4. Hecla Lava: For Neuralgia from Dental Complaints

Hecla lava is an important remedy in cases of facial neuralgia when dental problems like tooth decay cause pains. Neuralgic pains in the face after extraction of the tooth or decayed tooth are the characteristic features. There is a swelling and violent pain in the jaw, which is highly painful to touch.

5. Colocynth: For Neuralgia with Shooting, Stitching Pains

Colocynth works efficiently in cases of trigeminal neuralgia where facial pains are violent, shooting, and stitching in character. Numbness may follow neuralgic pains and get better by pressure. This medicine has a long-lasting action on large nerves, especially the trigeminal nerve. There are tearing pains in the cheeks, stitches in upper jaw which reoccur frequently. The left side of the face, temple, ear, eye and sometimes the side of the neck may get affected (commonly resulting in the condition known as tic douloureux). Facial neuralgia and toothache remain confined to one side. The pains are periodical and very severe, occurring three to four times a day.

6. Plantago: For Neuralgia with Pains in Lower Jaws

Plantago has a marked action upon the inferior maxillary branch of the trigeminal nerve. It is an excellent remedy where neuralgia is located around the lower jaw. The pain is shooting, tearing in nature. Pain starting from the lower jaw may extend to the ears. Sometimes there is drawing pain in the cheeks.

7. Hypericum: For Neuralgia after Nerve Injury

Hypericum is a highly beneficial medicine in cases where the trigeminal neuralgia starts after a nerve injury. Pains in the face are sharp, shooting, tearing or violent. There is marked tingling, burning, numbness in the affected area of the face. Facial neuralgia and toothache are present. Tension and tearing in the cheek may also be present.

Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

The most commonly affected areas of the face in trigeminal neuralgia include the lower jaw and face, area around the nose, lips, eyes, and ears.

Area of pain: The pain can be focused on one spot (depending upon the branch that is affected) or can advance to a widespread area. Commonly affected areas include eyes, cheeks, lips, jaws, and teeth.

Type of pain: Pains can be excruciating, searing, shooting, jabbing, or feel like electric shocks. Trigeminal neuropathic pains that produce tingling and numbness (usually due to oral surgery or dentistry) may also occur. There may be a tingling or numbness in the face before the development of pain.

The side of the face affected: Usually, the pain is unilateral (one-sided), but in some cases, it can be bilateral (affecting both sides of the face).

The intensity of pain: Pain is usually intense and paroxysmal (sudden and intense) in nature. Episodes of pain can range from mild to moderate or even severely distressing.

Duration of pain: Intermittent isolated episodes of sudden pain can occur every few seconds, minutes or hours. Sometimes, even months or years can pass after one attack.

The frequency of attacks: The attacks of pain can become frequent and intense over time if not treated. Mild attacks may be experienced initially, but if progression takes place, long and frequent bouts of pains can occur.

Time of occurrence: It can occur once the patient is exposed to any triggering factors (and sometimes even without them). It never happens while a person is asleep.

The Causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Some of the most common causes of trigeminal neuralgia include:

Pressure: Pressure on the trigeminal nerve from the surrounding blood vessels can lead to neuralgic pain.

Trauma: Physical damage to the nerve can occur as a result of facial injury, dental injury or a surgical procedure that can lead to pain.

Loss of Myelin Sheath: Myelin sheath protects the nerves. Loss of myelin sheath (which can occur as result of aging or condition like multiple sclerosis) can lead to trigeminal neuralgia.

Inflammatory: Inflammatory disorders like Lyme disease and sarcoidosis (autoimmune disorder causing collection of inflammatory cells) can also lead to the development of trigeminal neuralgia.

Collagen Vascular Diseases: Diseases like scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus can trigger trigeminal neuralgia. In such diseases, the immune system causes inflammation in the collagen and surrounding joints.

However, it should be noted that in many cases, there is no specific cause for trigeminal neuralgia.

Factors that Contribute to the Development of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Family History: Trigeminal neuralgia may run in families as it is related to malformation of blood vessels in the brain due to inheritance.

Age: People who are 60 years of age or above usually get affected by this condition.

High Blood Pressure: People with high blood pressure issues are more likely to suffer from trigeminal neuralgia than those with normal blood pressure.

What Triggers Neuralgic Pain?

A person who has trigeminal neuralgia usually has a triggering factor that can result in the onset of an episode of trigeminal neuralgia. Some of the most common triggering factors include washing the face, brushing teeth, talking, touching the face, shaving, putting on makeup, and exposure to drafts of air.

Types of Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are two main types of trigeminal neuralgia. A person may be affected by both the types at the same time.

Typical Trigeminal Neuralgia

Typical trigeminal neuralgia usually results in episodes of severe, sudden, shock-like pains generally affecting one side of the face. Pains may last from few seconds to minutes. Groups of these episodes can occur over a few hours. A touch usually triggers episodic pain in the face. It is a very painful condition.

Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia

Atypical trigeminal neuralgia is also known as type 2 trigeminal neuralgia. The person experiences constant aching, burning and stabbing pain of low intensity (compared to Type 1). This type of pain is difficult to diagnose. It is a rare condition, and the symptoms overlap with several other disorders. It can occur in addition to a migraine headache or can be mistaken for a migraine alone, dental issues, temporomandibular joint disorders or musculoskeletal issues.

The Trigeminal Nerve and its Function

The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve (out of12 total nerves) and is the largest of all the cranial nerves. There is one trigeminal nerve on either side of the face. The trigeminal nerve divides itself further into three branches (hence the name trigeminal). The three branches are named as Ophthalmic nerve (V1), Maxillary nerve (V2), Mandibular nerve (V3). The trigeminal nerve as a mixed cranial nerve responsible for both sensory functions (which include facial sensations such as pressure, thermoception (temperature), nociception (pain)) and motor functions as it supplies the muscles of mastication (chewing and biting) but not the facial expressions.

When Trigeminal neuralgia occurs, one, two or all branches of the nerve may get affected. Most commonly the middle branch (maxillary nerve) and lower branch (mandibular nerve) are affected. The areas of face supplied by the three branches of the trigeminal nerve are:

V1 (The Ophthalmic branch): This branch is responsible for sensation in the scalp, forehead, eye, upper eyelid and tip of the nose.

V2 (The Maxillary branch): This branch is responsible for sensation in the lower eyelid, side of the nose, cheeks, nostrils, upper lip, upper teeth and upper gums.

V3 (The Mandibular branch): This branch is responsible for sensation in lower teeth, lower gums, lower lip, chin, jaw, and part of the ear. Mandibular branch also supplies the muscles involved in mastication (chewing and biting).

Diagnosing Trigeminal Neuralgia

A clinical diagnosis is made after evaluating the description of type, location, frequency and triggering factors of pain. It is essential to rule out the possible causes of occurrence of trigeminal neuralgia. Physical or neurological examination to know the exact location of pain can be performed. These symptoms are enough for clinical diagnosis, and sometimes no tests are required. In some cases, an MRI may be advised to rule out any inflammation or compression.

Complications Associated with Trigeminal Neuralgia

Recurrence is one of the main complications of trigeminal neuralgia. Once the pain sets in, the affected person may not want to brush the teeth or maintain hygiene for fear of triggering the pain. This can lead to severe anxiety and distress in patients who suffer from it.

Managing the Pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia can be managed well if one is aware of the particular triggering factors. Avoiding these triggers can help control the occurrence of the debilitating pains and can ultimately improve one’s quality of life. One must avoid:

· Vigorous brushing of teeth

· Eating very hard solid foods

· Exposure to drafts of air

Trigeminal Neuralgia is not life-threatening but can alter one’s quality if not treated well within time.

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  1. Mary Aillery says:

    I had Bell’s Palsy in 2016. There is residual effects, like my left eye doesn’t open as wide, left corner of mouth doesn’t move like the right side. I can feel slight tightness in left cheek. Would love reference to a remedy that could help.

  2. I have had for many years trigeminal nerve damage. Numbness or paresthesia in the upper left trigeminal nerve and a neuropathy in the left middle trigeminal nerve. Thus symptoms happen especially when around organic odors and result in decreased mental power and clearness of thinking.
    looking for a remedy that might help

  3. Jenny Horvath says:


    My mother has been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. Her pain is on the right side, severe, shooting, electric-like, unbearable. She was just prescribed Carbamazepine and has been taking it for 6-days (100mg 2x per day). She is elderly and is very sedated by the medication. Can she reduce the carbamazepine or stop it, and try to take homeopathic instead? How often should she take the homeopathic? Hypericum was suggested by my own primary care physician, for her to use.

  4. I am trying to find something to stop the “numbing” process and thus relieve the pain. It is 24-7
    and I am beyond trigeminal neuralgia as I have damaged nerves.

  5. Janet Carosielli says:

    I was just diagnosed with TN a few days ago. I have 5-6 episodes per day of burning, stabbing, searing pain on my scalp, forehead, and nose on the right side of my face. My doctor started me on gabapentin a few days ago and said it would take a few weeks to help. While I hate taking prescription drugs because of the side affects, the pain is overwhelming and I would take anything to make it go away. I am very interested in how you might be able to help me.

    • Rachel Stevenson says:

      I use crystal minerals to reduce and dissolve the blockages that lead to this. I use 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch crystals with a MOH Hardness scale of 5 to 10. (Stones less than this dissolve quickly need to be put in the water way less time; maybe 30- 60 seconds.)
      Amethyst, Cat’s Eye and Carnelian stones tumbled or lightly tumbled in hot water (Hot Tea or Coffee temperature) for 10 minutes or a 3/4- gallon of cold water for 1 hour. Also, Blue Lace Agate and moonstone reduce swelling. This method is based on ancient hindu medicine, modernized of course. Take this and other stones (buy Crystal books Crystals minerals and stones by margaret ann lembo for Moh Scale and what mineral is in the crystal) and The Crystal Healer by Philip Permutt. For the most part these can easily be applied to modern medicine. We no longer get minerals in our water in America and these ancient Legends come from the legend of the Water of Youth. These crystals ‘re-create’ the water people used to drink to recover from illness.
      You will know when the swelling in the area ‘breaks’ because a hot or cold flush of blood will seep from the area where the swelling is. Be careful of artificial stones on Ebay and Amazon. There are plenty of excellent companies on these sights as well. Often these stones are listed under ‘witchcraft or Chakra’ stones. Do not worry about this; they are simply mineral stones found in nature that our body needs. Also, Dolomite Stone is EXCELLENT for pain!
      Also, 1/8 teaspoon (for women per day) and 1/4 teaspoon boron for men per day to dissolve blockages.
      Tuning fork therapy is excellent, tap a 128 balanced tuning fork on top of selenite crystal to increase frenquencies in the veins over the affected. This loosens any blockages as well.
      The above methods also work for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) as well in our family. Also, Kefir to reduce inflammation and a low cholesterol seems to help.

  6. S R Prasad says:

    I am suffering from right side TN pain. It subsides with homeopathic treatment but agai it reoccur.
    Please help with a proper medicine.
    Thanks and regards.

  7. Nancy Oczkewicz says:

    My husband has been using Magn Phos for what we think is Trigeminal Neuralgia. Every time he takes it, he gets some of the sharp pain going. Are we not using this correctly? Our chiropractor said it shows that Magn Phos is the correct remedy. But today, he adjusted my husband, and the results were finally wonderful, only to come home and take the remedy and get temporary pains again. He started with 3x and now is taking 30x.

  8. Kavita Doshi says:

    Hello, I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia on the left side after my root canal treatment on the left upper tooth was done.
    The pain episodes were infrequent but intense, than for 1 year there was nothing… But since the last 5 months I have such severe and intense continuous pain. I have been taking Gabantin 600mg 2 times and ultracet 3 times. But the pain has reduced by 20 percent only.
    Please suggest a remedy.
    Thank you.
    Kavita Doshi

  9. I’ve developed trigeminal neuralgia immediately following my second cataract surgery 2 weeks ago. It’s on the left side only involves, lower jaw, upper jaw upper and lower bones of eye orbit, upper and eye side of the nose. Totally incapacitated me for 15-20 mins about every 2-3 hours. I have to lie down ( on left side) minimize light and sound but not touch right side of face a all. Pain makes me break out in sweat on forehead and I shallow breathe.
    It ends as suddenly as it starts. I’m 72 no heart or blood history and generally very active equestrian. But this has stopped every thing.
    Mag phos. and hypericum I have on hand in my horse barn as I have used hemeopthy remedies and cell salts over the years. My constitutional remedy is nux vom. I’m about to start on neural pain killer from Dr. tonight – her regimen of ibuprofen doesn’t do any thing. Would dearly love your thoughts, help, suggestions please. And thank you so much in advance.

  10. Pankaj Kumar says:

    IS there any medicine in homoeopathy by using patient can get relief from facial pain. The pain. Patient when comes in contact in Fan, cooler air feel pain by touching the face she suffers and when she wash her face ,brush her teeth,while opening the mouth while eating she has to go through the pain. Please suggest. My mother is suffering. She is also taking Tegritol CR200 tablts since last 4 years as prescribed by Apollo hospital.

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