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Alleviating neuralgia with homoeopathy

Neuralgia is a condition that a characterized by the inflammation of a nerve. It results in severe pain localized on the nerve’s path or branches. Usually, it is caused by infections or by the varicella zoster virus, in which case it is referred to as postherpetic neuralgia. However, it can also be of a traumatic or psychosomatic origin. There are several types of neuralgia, including facial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, intercostal neuralgia and sciatica, all of which can be effectively treated with homoeopathy.

Symptoms of neuralgia

Neuralgia primarily manifests itself by severe pain affecting a given body part. The shooting pain it causes is similar to burning or tearing sensations, feelings of pressure or numbness. They are sometimes bearable, sometimes violent and sometimes excruciating. In most cases, they result in the affected limb’s partial paralysis. Neuralgia can be spontaneous, continuous, sporadic or periodic. It is also possible for this condition to be improved or worsened by a series of exernal factors.

Treatment according to the pain’s location

For the treatment of cramp-like pain that affects the sciatic nerve and that is not felt by the patient when he or she performs a bending movement, it is advised to resort to Colocynthis 15 CH. The dosage will then be of five granules, which will need to be taken four to six times per day. Regarding the treatment of shooting pains that affect the cranial nerve, are accompanied by headaches and radiate towards the scalp and face, it is recommended to administer 5 granules of China Rubra 15 CH to the patient every three hours.

In case of pain localized in the neck and arm, suck on 5 granules of Kalmia or Aconite 5 or 9 CH once a day. However, in case of infra-obrital or supra-orbital neuralgia, characterized by shooting pain in the eye’s muscles accompanied by a series of jerky spasms, it is advisable to take let five granules of Cinnabaris 15 CH melt in the mouth, two to four times a day depending on the severity of pain. Moreover, if the shooting pain is located under the eye’s orbit, it is recommended to take four granules of Belladonna 4 CH every hour, taking care to let them melt under the tongue. The intakes will subsequently be spaced out according to the patient’s improving state of health.

Treatment according to the pain’s location

If the pain is confined to the left eyelid and is intensified by body movements, take three granules of Spigelia 4 CH three times a day. In addition; if the pain spreads to the left lower limb, it is better to administer three granules of Spigelia 5 CH to the pattient once a day. However, if the pain is localized near the right eyelid, take three granules of Ranunculus bulbosus 9 CH three times a day. Furthermore, if neuralgia affects the right shoulder muscle, it is advisable to suck on three granules of Sanguinaria 9 CH once a day.

Treatment according to the pain’s origin

If the neuralgia was caused by an impact, let three granules of Arnica Montana 4 CH melt under the tongue three times a day. If it results from an infectious disease such as herpes zoster, let five granules of Mezereum 7 CH melt under the tongue three times a day. Furthermore, if it accompanies an injury, take three granules of Hypericum 9 or 15 CH three times a day.

Treatment according to the pain’s characteristics

In case the pain is unbearable, it can be relieved with three granules of Chamomilla 15 CH or Nux Vomica 15 CH, to be administered three times a day. Chamomilla is most appropriate if the pain is paroxysmal, is accompanied by hot sweat and intensifies with heat. As for Nux vomica, it is mostly effective in case of spasmodic pain that is accompanied by stomach bloating and / or constipation. Moreover, in the presence of severe pain that occurs and disappears suddenly, take three granules of Magnesia Phosphorica CH 4, three times per day. Finally, in the presence of sporadic shooting pain that is similar to burning and stinging sensations and that is alleviated by heat, resort to hourly intakes of Arsenicum alum 4 CH, of which each dose consists of four granules that need to be sucked on.

When should you consult a doctor?

If the pain increases despite taking homoeopathic remedies, a further and more thorough diagnosis is essential to determine the most suitable course of treatment. But in any case, it is always advisable to consult a doctor, especially if the symptoms of neuralgia tend to persist.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “neuralgia”

Associated treatments

•    Aconitum Napellus
•    Actaea Racemosa
•    Aranea Diadema
•    Arsenicum Album
•    Kidron
•    Chamomilla Vulgaris
•    Chininum Sulfuicum
•    Coffea Cruda
•    Colocynthis
•    Hypericum Perforatum
•    Kalmia Latifolia
•    Magnesia Carbonica
•    Magnesia Carbonica
•    Magnesia Phosphorica
•    Paris Quadrifolia
•    Ranunculus Bulbosus
•    Rhododendron Chrysanthum
•    Spigelia Anthelmia
•    Spigelia Anthelmia
•    Tellurium Metallicum
•    Thuya Occidentalis

Associated pathologies

•    Sciatica

Good to know: Homoeopathy is effective in reducing the intensity and duration of pain caused by neuralgia. As such, it helps to quickly relieve the affected person.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.