Inflammation and Trigeminal Neuralgia

Many of us may be wondering what compromised digestion has to do with Trigeminal Neuralgia. And for more good reason because it may seem like a stretch to connect the two together.

The commonality between Trigeminal Neuralgia and digestion is inflammation. Here is how they cascade into each other inside your body:


When we are not digesting our food well, the delicate tissues that line our stomach become inflamed. This happens as the body has to work harder to assimilate undigested food particles caused by food sensitivities, food allergies, and food intolerances to fiber, fat, protein and/or carbohydrates.

Once the stomach lining becomes chronically inflamed, the tissues become damaged, allowing undigested food particles to escape directly into the blood system. This creates a toxic circulatory environment that affects every other part of your body.

Thus, what was once contained inside the digestion system has now become a systemic problem in all the other systems in your body, including the nervous system, which includes the Trigeminal Nerve. As the body’s toxicity increases, inflammation continues to spread as the organs and immune system work to cope with the additional burdens.

 Since one of the factors in TN is nerve inflammation, it is our comprehensive approach to address the systemic inflammation as part of addressing the cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia. The anatomy surrounding the TN nerve may be particularly susceptible to inflammation due to its narrow passageway between the nerve itself, the blood vessels, and the bones of the skull.  This configuration – a particularly large nerve in a particularly small area - may predispose that part of the body to pain when it’s chronically inflamed.

 While we can’t see what this is going on inside our body, there are many signs our body sends us to indicate we are inflamed from the inside-out.  The most common symptom is we just don’t feel well most of the time. For more information about the signs and symptoms of chronic inflammation.

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