Neuralgia is a pain caused by damage to or inflammation of the nervous tissue. The most common types of neuralgia are: trigeminal neuralgia, neuralgia that can follow shingles or herpes, and neuralgia associated with sciatica. Irrespective of which type, you will benefit from both internal treatment and the external application of herbs that are anti-inflammatory and regenerative to the nervous tissue. The antiviral properties of St John’s wort come in useful for neuralgia associated with shingles or herpes; use internally as a tincture and externally as an infused oil.
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• Take St John’s wort tincture; you will need maximum doses until the pain subsides, then reduce to the middle range of the dose until the pain disappears. For precautions see post 85. Adults: 2ml diluted with some water, 3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2; then reducing to 1ml diluted with some water, 3 times a day.
• Take passionflower tincture for its calming and painkilling properties. Adults: 0.5-2ml, 3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.
• Take hops tincture to reduce nerve hypersensitivity (for precautions see post 83). Adults: 0.5-1ml, 2-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
• Apply St John’s wort infused oil externally over the affected area. Adults and children: apply the oil 2-4 times a day.