I have had amazing results treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with acupuncture and craniosacral therapy at The Gilbert Clinic in Guildford, Surrey.
Trigeminal Neuralgia presents as pain on one side of the head. It is usually intense. It can go from the ear area to the the jaw, cheek or forehead, or all three. It often comes on fairly quickly, and the pain can move around. It can last for weeks, months or years. It can pull your lips cheeks and eye muscles out of shape, causing you to look like you are grimacing on one side of your face.
It is often misdiagnosed by dentists as a tooth problem. While the cause is seen as unknown, it is thought to be linked to the swelling of an artery in the face.
Consultants will often treat it by surgery under a local anesthetic to reduce the swelling in the artery. This sometimes helps.
I have just been treating trigeminal neuralgia with acupuncture and craniosacral therapy, with stunning results. The pain was excruciating when they came to see me. Their dentist had diagnosed their problem as a tooth problem, and was about to start a course of very expensive dental treatment.
After I had treated them 4 times with acupuncture combined with cranio-sacral therapy, the pain has gone totally.
In Chinese medicine Trigeminal Neuralgia is seen as wind getting in. In one area of China at a certain time of year they have ferocious windy weather, and the doctors are inundated with cases of trigeminal Neuralgia. Their preferred treatment is acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Cranial work are excellent for treating many facial problems. I have found even problems that have been going on for 20 or 30 years can respond well. Many years ago a lady came to see me had a top lip that was permanently raised over an inch on one side, disfiguring her face. It had been like that for 20 years. I treated her with acupuncture and she came back the next week with a normal mouth. She was one very happy lady that day! The lip has stayed normal ever since.
So if you know someone suffering from one sided facial pain, it is always good to first get a diagnosis from your doctor. Also tell them that treating trigeminal neuralgia with acupuncture and craniosacral therapy can really help.