Neuralgia is the pain which originates from a nerve and is felt in the part of the body which is served by that nerve, even though the problem may not be at that site. It is often the result of infection or damage of the nerve. Neuralgia may even be felt in an amputated limb, because of severed nerves: this is known as ‘phantom pain’. Often neuralgia will clear up without treatment. Some forms of neuralgia do however, require attention. These include trigeminal neuralgia, which affects the facial nerve and sciatica, where spinal nerves become trapped between vertebrae.

Aromatherapy may be helpful in treating neuralgia. Two drops of cloves, one of basil and one of eucalpyptus should be blended with a tablespoon of a carrier oil and applied when needed.

Acupuncture may be used to treat neuralgia with manipulation of points on the governor, gall bladder, bladder, large intestine, stomach and liver meridians.

Acupressure is particularly effective in the case of trigeminal neuralgia. Every half hour, points on the face should be pressed lightly for a period of 5-10 minutes. Pressure should be applied downwards with the index fingers close to the corners of the mouth, or inwards, using the index finger, at the inner end of the eyebrow on the side of the face which is affected.

Fresh chopped or grated horseradish mixed with a little water and applied as a compress may also relieve neuralgic pain.

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