Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

   Home      Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia (facial nerve pain), also called tic douloureux, is a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve (the 5th cranial nerve), one of the largest nerves in the head. The trigeminal nerve is responsible for sending impulses of touch, pain, pressure and temperature to the brain from the face, jaw, gums, forehead and around the eyes.

Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by a sudden, severe, electric shock-like or stabbing pain typically felt on one side of the jaw or cheek. The attacks of pain, which generally last several seconds and may be repeated one after the other, may be triggered by talking, brushing teeth, touching the face, chewing or swallowing. The condition may become chronic and debilitating, often lasting for years
Once Western medicine utilizes an MRI exam to rule out a physical obstruction pressing on the trigeminal nerve, the choice of treatment is drug therapy to control the pain. Often drugs such as Carbamazepine (Tegretol®), Phenytoin (Dilantin®), Gabapentin (Neurontin®), and Baclofen (Lioresal®) can control the pain. If pain becomes more frequent and severe, increased doses of medications are required. This may lead to intolerable side effects and/or inadequate pain control. Since trigeminal neuralgia is extremely painful, but not life threatening, the goal of therapy is to minimize the dangerous side effects ranging from dizziness and nausea to serious heart, liver, kidney and blood complications. If medications do not adequately control trigeminal neuralgia that progressively worsens, surgical procedures are considered to be the next line of treatment. The major disadvantage to surgery is that it requires a neurosurgical operation — with all its complications — to get access to the root of the trigeminal nerve. The success rates of the surgical procedures vary according to the experience of the surgeon or the anesthesiologist.
If you suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, acupuncture can offer complete pain relief naturally without side effects. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.
Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA