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What is the difference between Trigeminal Neuralgia and Neuropathic Facial Pain?

Trigeminal neuralgia or TN is characterized by stabbing, shaking kind of pain whereas neuropathic facial pain is with numbness and tingling sensation which is more characterized by very constant, dull, burning with intermittent sharp pains.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

What is Neuralgia?

Neuralgia is a condition of a sudden, painful attack as a result of a change in neurological structure or function due to irritation or damage to the nerves without stimulating pain receptor cells which affects the cranial nerves. The severe pain or mild burning may occur on the face and inside the mouth. It is broadly classified into four types.

  1. Trigeminal Neuralgia
  2. Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  3. Occipital Neuralgia
  4. Post herpetic Neuralgia

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia is a most common form of neuralgia that occurs due to the inflammation or compression of trigeminal nerve by an artery or a vein that frequently causes severe facial pain. It mostly affects the elderly people and generally affects right side of the face.

What are the Causes?

Biological changes in the nerve tissues, pressure exerted on the nerves by blood vessels or tumor and certain inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, sarcoidosis, and Lyme disease can act as a trigger. Injury to brain or trauma that damages or constricts the nerve may also lead to trigeminal neuralgia.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Severe, sharp and stabbing pain,
  • Simple daily activities such as brushing teeth, washing face, swallowing, talking, eating and chewing may trigger the pain.
  • Mild sensation like blowing of wind, mild facial touch may also cause pain.

Dietary And Lifestyle recommendations

  • Avoid eating very cold, hot or spicy food which may worsen the pain. Eat nutritious meal. Increase intake of mushy food or liquidise the food as some people may have difficulty in chewing.
  • Drink liquid using a straw as this will avoid unnecessary contact of liquid with painful areas of mouth.
  • Avoid triggers that may initiate painful attacks. If the pain is triggered by wind then wear a scarf, don't sit near the window.
  • Opt for High protein diet and low fat diet Involve saturated fats in the diet as this will permit proper growth and maintenance of nerve cell membrane and neurotransmitters. Do not over dose as the intake.
  • Opt for Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 rich diet for healthy nerve functions.
  • Opt for natural diet containing fresh fruits and leafy vegetables.
  • Prefer more fruits like apples, papayas, peaches, pears, kiwis.
  • Limit intake of tea and coffee.
  • No soft drink. Only fresh juices. Not even preserved one.
  • No junk, packed and fried foods.
  • Do not prefer outside just have healthy diet at home.
  • No noodles, pasta, maggie, biscuits of white flour etc.
  • Keep yourself active and do not take any kind of mental stress.

Is there any Herbal Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

You can find many herbal remedies for various health diseases either online or offline. Always invest on the right one containing pure extract and which are formulated under GMP guidelines. One should be aware of herbal remedies and must opt for those which undergone quality quantity and potency check.

How Alternative Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgiacan be helpful?

Alternative treatment for trigeminal neuralgia can be helpful to maintain healthy facial nerve.

One can consult expert Ayurveda doctors to start with some nutritional supplements for healthy facial nerve. These are advised as per the requirement on regular basis.

Natural Supplements for Healthy Facial Nerve

Planet Ayurveda offers following Natural Supplements for Healthy Facial Nerve.

1. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules are packed with standardized extracts of Boswellia serrata(shalakki)and Curcumin (active compound of turmeric)

2. Ashwagadha Capsules

Ashwagandha capsules are packed with standardized extract of pure Ashwagandha.

3. Hakam Churna

Hakam churna, a food supplement that contains ingredients in it – Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalaunji (Nigella sativa), Methika (Trigonella foenumgraecum), and Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi).

4. Yograj Guggulu

Ingredients of Yograj Guggulu are Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippali (Piper longum), Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Mustaka (Citrus rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Ardraka (Zingiber officinale) etc.


  1. Boswellia Curcumin - 2 capsules with plain water, after meals
  2. Ashwagadha Capsules- 1 capsules with plain water, after meals
  3. Hakam Churna – 1 tsp. with plain water, after meals
  4. Yograj Guggulu - 2 tablets with plain water, after meals

Where to buy Trigeminal Neuralgia Care Pack?

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Can we take Dietary Supplements on regular basis?

Yes dietary supplements are free from any kind of side effect so can be taken on regular basis or as advised. These can be taken for few days, months or years as advised.

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