Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for trigeminal neuralgia.
It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "trigeminal neuralgia" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "trigeminal neuralgia" - i.e. the "cause(s)".
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 one or more of 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, and/or stomach fire.
The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.
When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To illustrate and guide developing an acupuncture treatment for someone experiencing trigeminal neuralgia, this issue is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol section:
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:
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 ".