Trigeminal Neuralgia

The chief symptoms of this disease is short, excruciating pains in the facial area supplied by the trigeminal nerve, which possesses three divisions: the ophthalmic, the maxillary, and the mandibular branches. The clinical feature is a sudden attack of spasmodic electric shock-like (needle puncture or burning) severe pain in the involved area lasting a few seconds or minutes. Attacks may occur several times a day, generally when the patient is washing the face, brushing the teeth, eating or talking. Pain usually occurs on one side of the face over the area supplied by the 2nd and 3rd branches of the trigeminal nerve. There are no symptoms between attacks. The incidence is higher in middle-aged women than in other groups.

Points:

  1. The first branch: UB 2 Zanzhu

  2. The second branch: ST 2 Sibai

  3. The third branch: Jiachengjiang (Extra).

Prescription:

5 - 1 cc. of procaine, or 0.5 mg of Vitamin B12, or O.5 cc. of Analgin, is injected into the point on the affected side. Once every other two or three days.

Notes:

  1. Trigeminal neuralgia is a rather obstinate disease with frequent occurrence. If necessary, combine with medical treatment for temporary remission.

  2. The condition must be distinguished from other forms of facial neuralgia caused by diseases of the jaw, teeth or sinuses.

Source: The Treament of 100 Common Diseases by New Acupuncture, Medicine and Health Publishing Company

        

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