Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter, is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Find out what others are saying about Dr. Blaylock by clicking here.

Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia

Monday, 27 September 2010 10:09 AM

Question: Is there any way to treat painful swelling of the facial nerves (trigeminal neuralgia)?

Dr. Blaylock’s Answer:

When I was a medical student and later as a resident, I had a great interest in this condition, and I worked with Dr. Peter Jennetta, an expert in trigeminal neuralgia surgery. While a number of surgical treatments are available, Jennetta’s has been the most successful. Yet, I found natural remedies helped a number of my patients.

A combination of curcumin and quercetin (500 mg each), mixed with extra-virgin olive oil and taken three times a day, reduces the inflammation of the nerve and promotes healing.

Magnesium citrate/malate (500 mg twice a day) reduces the pain, blocks excitotoxicity (which triggers the pain), and allows the nerve to heal. Phosphotidylcholine, which makes up a large part of the fatty insulation of the nerve, promotes healing as well.

The B vitamins, especially B-1, B-6, B-12, folate, and niacinamide, also promote nerve healing and improve nerve function. It is critical to avoid all excitotoxins in foods — MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, caseinates, carrageenan, autolyzed yeast, etc. Avoiding caffeine and other stimulants is also important.

Other nutrients that reduce trigeminal hyperactivity include carnosine, acetyl-L-carnitine, and silymarin.

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