Ayurvedic treatment for Trigeminal Nerve Pain

Trigeminal Nerve Pain

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Definition

Trigeminal Nerve Pain Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS TRIGEMINAL NERVE PAIN?

Trigeminal nerve (TN) pain is a nerve condition that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face.1

It usually affects one side of the face. Any vibration on your face, even from talking, brushing etc. can set it off. The condition may come and go, disappearing for days or even months. But the longer you have it, the less often it goes away. TN pain usually affects women and people above 50 years of age.2

Ayurveda describes 11 types of shiro rogas (headaches), among which trigeminal nerve type of pain may be correlated to Ananta vata. It happens when aggravated Vata dosha alone or Vata along with Kapha gets agrrevated causing pain in the neck region producing a powerful burning sensation, out of which comes excruciating pain. This pain ultimately affects the eyes, eyebrows and temples.3,4

Causes

Trigeminal Nerve Pain

TRIGEMINAL NERVE PAIN CAUSES

TN pain originates from the trigeminal nerve, which carries the feelings of touch and pain from the face, eyes, nose, and mouth to the brain. The condition usually affects adults, but it can affect anyone at any age. TN may be caused by:

  • Multiple sclerosis – a condition where there is abnormal hardening of body tissues
  • Pressure on the trigeminal nerve from a swollen blood vessel or tumor

TN often has no cause. In people younger than 40 years of age, a cause is sometimes found.

According to Ayurveda, when either vata dosha alone or vata along with kapha dosha gets aggravated, they attack half of the head and cause severe pain which feels like cutting and churning in half of the head, neck, eye brow, temple, ear, eye or forehead region. The pain is intense and agonizing it is considered to be tridoshajanya disease.

Symptoms

Trigeminal Nerve Pain

TRIGEMINAL NERVE PAIN SYMPTOMS

Some common symptoms of TN include:1,5

  • Very painful, sharp electric-like cramps that usually last a few seconds or minutes, but can become constant
  • Pain is usually only on one side of the face, often around the eye, cheek, and lower part of the face
  • Pain may be triggered by things such as touching the face, chewing, speaking and brushing teeth
  • Attacks that become more frequent and intense over time

Diagnosis

Trigeminal Nerve Pain

TRIGEMINAL NERVE PAIN DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor may perform a brain and nervous system examination using these tests:4

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the head – to detect if multiple sclerosis or a tumor is causing the pain
  • Trigeminal reflex testing – to detect whether the pain is due to the compressed nerve or some other cause

Management

Trigeminal Nerve Pain

TRIGEMINAL NERVE PAIN AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing trigeminal nerve pain through a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime.4

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Grains: rice, wheat, barley
  • Pulses: Pigeon pea, mung
  • Vegetables: Potato, drumsticks, wild spinach, squirting cucumber,
  • Fruits: Mangoes, plums, pomegranate
  • Oils: Ghee
  • Dairy products: Milk

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

A combination of exercise, yogasana and meditation can help control serious episodes of such type of nerve pain, but may not provide long-term pain relief. Some beneficial yoga practices include:

Pranayama ( breathing exercises): Suryabhedana pranayama, Bhastrika pranayama

Yogasanas: Asanas for the top of the head like Shirsasana, Vakrasana etc. (to be performed under supervision after assessing the disease)

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Shirsasana Vakrasana

FAQS

Trigeminal Nerve Pain
  1. Can Ayurveda treat foot pain?

In Ayurveda, foot care is considered very important since it is known to benefit the entire body and nervous system in a holistic manner. There are certain points in our body called marma or vital points, where our vital energies are concentrated. Feet and ankles also have these vital points, which if not taken care of, can cause problems like chronic pain in the ankles, pain and swelling in feet, etc. Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing ankle pain with a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime.

  1. What kind of diet and exercises will be helpful in reducing neck pain?

To reduce neck pain, Ayurveda suggests following diet and exercises:

  • Take lots of fruits, green vegetable salads and sprouts.
  • Good hydration will help retain neck health.
  • Avoid refined foods and junk foods.
  • Milk is an important source of Calcium and can help maintain healthy bones.
  • Vitamin C in citrus fruits will help the healing process.
  • Honey in warm water or herbal teas are good for cleansing the bowels and this will help relieve many backaches that are due to constipation.

Pranayama (breathing exercises) is a powerful way to promote relaxation and a pivotal first step towards relieving muscle tension. Slow, deep breathing & relaxation can stimulate a sense of calmness and cause reduction in pain.

Yoga Asanas are also beneficial in maintaining neck and overall health

Balasana                                       Marjaryasana                                 Bhujangasana              

  1. I have knee pain. What could be the reasons for it?

Knee pain can have different causes. Being overweight puts you at greater risk for knee problems. Overusing your knee can trigger knee problems that cause pain. If you have a history of arthritis (swelling of knee joint), it could also cause knee pain.

Medical conditions that can cause knee pain are

  • Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout
  • Infection in the knees / knee joint
  • Injuries – fracture, dislocation, sprained knees etc.
  • Cancer
  1. What can I do to reduce my knee pain?

Ayurveda suggests following diet and lifestyle changes to help reduce knee pain.

Include more foods containing

  • Pulses: Black gram, green gram
  • Vegetables & spices: Onion, garlic, sesame seeds, ginger, radish, ladies finger, pumpkin
  • Fruits: pomegranate, mango, grapes
  • Oils: Ghee

Ayurveda recommends regular, slow and gentle exercises with adequate rest to knee joints. Regular Pranayama and Yoga Nidra is also recommended.

  • Avoid prolonged walking, standing, kneeling and squatting and crossed leg sitting.
  • Yoga asanas: Makarasana, Pavanamuktasana, Dhanurasana, Vakrasana
  1. I have tingling pain in the legs. Is it sciatica?

Sciatic pain most often occurs on one side of leg or hip. Symptoms of sciatica pain can vary widely as mentioned below:

  • Mild tingling
  • Dull aching that radiates from buttock to back of whole leg
  • Burning sensation
  • Inability to move leg when pain becomes severe

The pain often starts slowly and may get worse:

  • After standing or sitting
  • At night
  • When sneezing, coughing, or laughing
  1. What diet is effective in reducing the sciatica pain?

A healthy diet for controlling sciatica pain is for balancing Vata dosha and includes:

  • Grains: Rice, cooked oatmeal, whole wheat and whole grain breads (toasted)
  • Pulses: Yellow split mung beans (green skin removed), whole mung beans, red lentils and tofu
  • Vegetables: : Zucchini, asparagus, carrot, beets, sweet potatoes, cucumber, lady finger, parsley, green peas, fennel, spinach in small amounts and cooked coconut. All should be cooked well so they are soft.
  • Spices: Cumin, ginger, mustard seeds, ajwain, celery seeds, fenugreek, coriander, bay leaves, basil, saffron, hing (asafoetida), cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, fennel, black pepper (in small amounts)
  • Fruits: All ripe, sweet, and juicy fruits. Sweet grapes, banana, melons, plums, cherries, mango, papaya, pomegranate, sweet pineapples, raisins, sweet oranges, dates and figs, avocado, apples and pears.
  • Oils: Ghee or organic olive oil
  • Sweeteners: Honey, jaggery, date sugar
  1. I frequently get gas pain. What food types are good for me?

Following foods are good to help relieve gas pain:

  • Grains: Whole wheat thick flat bread or chapati, millet & sorghum bhakri, unpolished rice
  • Pulses: Chickpea, Tur dal, Masoor Moong
  • Vegetables: Carrots, Radish, Lauki, potatoes, white gourd, spiny gourd, , cucumber, ajwain, guar bean, eggplant, amaranth, cabbage, spinach, coriander seeds and leaves, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green chillies, lady finger
  • Fruits: , pears, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, oranges, unripe bananas, water chestnut, dry fruits – almonds, walnuts, peanuts, dry dates, apples, grapes etc.
  • Oils: Ghee, coconut oil in small quantities
  • Ginger, cumin, coriander should be preffered in spices.
  1. What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Trigeminal nerve (TN) pain is a nerve condition that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face.

It usually affects one side of the face. Any vibration on your face, even from talking, brushing etc. can set it off. The condition may come and go, disappearing for days or even months. But the longer you have it, the less often it goes away. TN pain usually affects women and people above 50 years of age.

Ayurveda describes 11 types of shiro rogas (headaches), among which trigeminal nerve type of pain is called ‘Ardhavabhedaka’. It happens when aggravated doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) press on the neck and throat producing a powerful burning sensation, out of which comes excruciating pain. This pain ultimately affects the eyes, eyebrows and temples.

  1. How can Ayurveda help in relieving stomach pain?

Ayurveda describes a comprehensive approach towards managing stomach pain- the most commonly diagnosed conditions being constipation (Vibandha) and indigestion (Ajirna)

Constipation is used to indicate fewer bowel movements, hard stools, painful defection and feeling of bloating, abdominal pain or incomplete elimination.

Indigestion, on the other hand, is an abnormality that occurs in digesting food or lack of proper digestion resulting in stomach pain, burping or flatulance (abdominal gas).

Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing & preventing different stomach pains by practising a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime

Corrective Ahar for both constipation & indigestion includes:

Grains: Wheat, unpolished rice, barley

  • Pulses: Green gram, chickpeas, course corn, Toor dal, moong, masura lentils, Vegetables/Spices: Garlic, Asafetida, long pepper, sunthi (dry ginger), green leafy vegetables, cucumber, bitter gourd, pointed gourd, cabbage, dates, betel nut, turmeric
  • Fruits: High fibre fruits such as apples, pears, papaya, grapes, amala, haritaki
  • Oils: Ghee

Exercise: Regular exercise, meditation and practice of asanas purifies the blood, improves the appetite, increases the will power and makes the patient physically active. The whole alimentary canal improves and becomes regular.

Yoga Asanas: Vajrasana (after every meal), Kurmasana, Vakrasana, Katichakrasana

Pranayama: Surya anulom viloma, deep relaxation technique

  1. What is myofasial pain?

Myofascial pain disorder (MPS) refers to pain and swelling in the body's soft tissues or muscles. Myofascial pain is a long-term, painful condition that affects the connective tissue that cover the muscles. It is considered as a type of muscular pain (fibromyalgia) which happens at specific areas on the body.

Myofascial pain might involve either a single muscle or an entire muscle group. In some cases, the area where you experience the pain might not be where the myofascial pain is generated. The actual location of the injury leads to the development of a trigger point, which in turn causes pain in other areas. This is known as referred pain

References

Trigeminal Nerve Pain
  1. Trigeminal neuralgia. MedLine Plus. [Cited 2016 September 4]. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000742.htm
  2. Trigeminal Neuralgia. Summary. MedLine Plus. [Cited 2016 September 4]. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/trigeminalneuralgia.html
  3.  Mamidi P & Gupta K. AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA: A CASE REPORT. J. Pharm. Sci. Innov. 2015; 4(4).
  4. Yoga Therapy Chapters 132 - 134 of Asana and Mudra by Svami K?palvananda. Available at: http://www.naturalmeditation.net/Design/Yoga_Therapy.pdf
  5. Trigeminal neuralgia. Mayo Clinic Staff. [Cited 2016 September 4]. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/trigeminal-neuralgia/basics/symptoms/con-20043802

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