The trigeminal nerve is a nerve that is located in the face and covers most of it. It spreads from the ear, towards the jaw and cheek, as well as over the eyes. It is assumed that either some sort of pressure or damage of the nerve causes pain which spreads throughout one side of the face. The medical term for this state is trigeminal neuralgia.
Trigeminal Neuralgia is not very common, but it seems to appear more often among people over 50 years of age, rather than among younger people. The existing pain tends to get worse while doing certain things, such as brushing one\'s teeth, putting make-up on, or, in some cases, even walking. In case these problems occur, professional medical advice should be sought prior to using any kind of natural herbal remedies.
Natural herbs that are used in treating trigeminal neuralgia are white willow bark, black willow bark, meadowsweet, sweet woodruff and betony.
White willow bark has effects similar to Aspirin, because it helps with pain, fever or inflammatory processes. It has a natural quality to turn into acid form after stomach absorption without being harsh on the lining of the stomach.
Black willow bark has effects similar to white willow bark. It helps against fever and relieves pains and aches.
Meadowsweet is used against for strong pains. It also helps against inflammation. Meadowsweet is used in the treatment of pains in muscles and joints, as well as in the treatment of pain in any kind of nerve endings. Acidic levels that are increased can be the cause of pain in the joints. Meadowsweet can also decrease acid levels.
Sweet woodruff helps against inflammation and can be used to fight insomnia, which is a side effect of trigeminal neuralgia. Sweet woodruff is used because it has a calming and relaxing effect on stressed and tense people. This is because it relaxes and gives a calming feeling.
Betony shows positive effects in head treatments. It helps against palpation pains of the face and head. This is why it is also very helpful in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. It can also be used for the treatment of nervous affections, neuralgia and hysteria. It can be taken as a herbal tea, with milk as well. Taking it for a couple of weeks should help in healing headaches and other facial and head pains that are a result of trigeminal nerve. It is important to consult a doctor to find out what the best natural treatment for one\'s specific situation is and then act according to his or her recommendations.