Facial pain

Acupuncture can alleviate and even cure temperomandibular joint/muscle pain, and alleviate pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia.

A retrospective study of 201 patients treated for facial pain in Scotland over a period of 10 years, showed an overall improvement in symptoms of 62.7%. For those with temperomandibular joint/muscle pain, 46% were cured out of 61% who benefited. For those with trigeminal neuralgia, 62.9% reported improvement. The trial concluded that acupuncture plays a significant role in the treatment of facial pain. It can be used as the sole form of treatment in the case of temperomandibular joint or muscle pain, whilst, in the case of trigeminal neuralgia, although acupuncture did not completely cure the pain, it did allow for a reduction in the dose of carbamazepine.

“Acupuncture in Medicine”, Nov 1995 Vol X111 No2, 67-70).