Trigeminal Neuralgia

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Trigeminal Neuralgia Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for trigeminal neuralgia. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "trigeminal neuralgia" is rarely designed with the resulting "trigeminal neuralgia" exclusively in mind.

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "trigeminal neuralgia", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - blood stagnation, liver and gallbladder damp heat, liver fire, liver yin deficiency, lung dampness - phlegm cold, lung dampness - phlegm heat, lung wind invasion - wind cold, lung wind invasion - wind heat, stomach fire among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for trigeminal neuralgia are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia - treatment protocols " .

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • EX Xinming 1 ()
    Midpoint of the skin folds posterior to the earlobe, 5 fen …
    Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. …
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  • EX Xinming 2 ()
    At the depression 1 cun above the external end of eyebrow a…
    Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. …
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  • SI 18 (Cheek Bone Hole)
    Directly below the outer canthus of the eye in a depression…
    Local point for facial disorders, Bell's palsy, trigeminal …
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  • ST 3 (Great Bone-Hole)
    Directly below the pupil in a depression at the level of th…
    Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the …
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  • ST 4 (Earth Granary)
    Directly below the pupil, lateral to the corner of the mout…
    Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal ne…
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "trigeminal neuralgia", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Trigeminal Neuralgia ".

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