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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Friday, August 21, 2020

Herbal Remedies for Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia

The Glossopharyngeal nerve is one of the cranial nerves which connects brain to various parts of the neck, head and trunk. There are total 12 cranial nerves that are present on the bottom of the brain. Function of these nerves is to control action of muscles, carry information from various sense organs to the brain and help in functioning of various major glands and organs like lungs and heart.

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia


Glossopharyngeal nerve is the ninth cranial nerve that supplies sensation to posterior third of tongue, pharynx, tongue and tympanic cavity. In this region one more significant cranial nerve, i.e. Vagua nerve, that helps in swallowing, also passes and significant overlap of both the nerves occur. However sometimes there occur compression of these both nerves at brainstem level (from where both the nerves emerges). This compression is usually caused by a vein or blood vessel passing nearby to them. While exiting the brainstem any small blood vessel can compress the nerves resulting in obstructed supply and complaints. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is caused when this blood vessel compress the 9th cranial nerve, i.e. Glossopharyngeal nerve.

Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is presented by the sharp, stabbing pain on the tongue in throat, radiating to tonsils and ears. This agonizing pain can last from fraction of seconds to few minutes. Usually the people above the age of 40-50 suffer from Glossopharyngeal neuralgia. This form of neuralgia occurs rarely in which patient suffers from repeated episodes of severe pain especially in tongue radiating to ear, throat and tonsils.


Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is caused due to the compression and irritation of the 9th cranial nerve (Glossopharyngeal nerve). It affects people usually around the age group of 40-50 years. Mostly the cause of this irritation and compression cannot be find out however some of the possible cases of Glossopharyngeal neuralgia are:

  • Glossopharyngeal nerve compressed by some blood vessel
  • An abnormal growth in the skull resulting in pressurization of 9th crainial nerve
  • Infections or tumor in mouth or thorat resulting in compression of the Glossopharyngeal nerve


Pain is usually pricking in character and occurs on one side only and rarely both the sides are involved. The main symptom is severe agonizing pain in the areas supplied by Golossopharyngeal nerve which are posterior or back part of tongue, ear, back of the throat and nose, tonsil, throat, and larynx. Episodic pain is severe and can occur several times in a day and even can awake the person from sleep due to its severity and pricking nature. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia can be triggered by certain instances like chewing, coughing speaking, laughing, yawning, swallowing, sneezing, taking cold drinks or touching on the affected area.


Glossopharyngeal neuralgia can be diagnosed symptomatically however the for confirming the cause of the compression of the nerve various tests are required like blood tests, MRI and X ray of head and neck. These tests will help to rule the presence of infection in blood or tumor in head region which might be resulting in pressure on nerve.


In modern medicine the treatment is focused on controlling the pain. Medicines are prescribed symptomatically and even surgery is required in cases of presence of any mechanical obstruction like tumor. However not many people wants to go for surgery. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia can be treated naturally with the help of herbal medicines.

Ayurveda is the science of life in which disease are treated through natural methods and herbal medicines prepared from herbs. Medicines are selected based upon the action of that herb in certain disease.


Planet Ayurveda is a renowned herbal pharmaceutical brand in the field of Ayurveda. Here the medicines are prepared from pure and finest quality herbs that help in treating the condition from root and completely naturally without causing any harm to body. Here combinations of herbal medicines are given to treat various chronic diseases. No additives, preservatives, chemicals, binders, dye or fillers are added in these medicines which increases the efficacy of these medicines. For Glossopharyngeal neuralgia also Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines that help in treating and managing the condition naturally.


  1. Boswellia Curcumin
  2. Yograj Guggul
  3. Ashwagandha Capsule
  4. Avipattikar Churna
  5. Yashtimadhu Churna

Herbal Remedies For Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia

Herbal Remedies For Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia

1. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules are prepared from standardized extracts of Sallaki and active compound of turmeric, i.e. curcumin. These herbal capsules helps in treating pain, boost immunity, inflammation in muscles and joints, and provide relief from pain of Glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

Dosage- Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

2. Yograj Guggul

These are the multiherbal tablets prepared from various herbs like Amla, Cinnamon, Sonth, Guggul, Long, Bibhitaki, Haritaki etc. Yograj guggul possess anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and analgesic. Properties that helps in treating complaints of Glossopharyngeal neuralgia effectively. It also provides strength to the bones and prevents complaints like arthritis.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

These are the single herb capsules prepared from standardized extract of Ashwagandha. It is full of amazing therapeutic properties which make this herbal capsule a choice of herb in treating various ailments. Ashwagandha capsules gives strength to the body, both mentally and physically. In Glossopharyngeal neuralgia these herbal capsules help by giving strength to muscles, treating pain, gives strength to nerves and maintain overall healthy functioning of the body.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.

4. Avipattikar Churna

It is a classical herbal formulation that is prepared from combination of various herbs like Baheda, Shunthi, Peepal, Haritaki, Amla, Nagarmotha, Vidanga, Tejpatta, Black pepper, Nisoth, etc. Avipattikar churna helps in balancing the Vata dosha in the body which eventually helps to treat all like of neurological and nerves related ailments.

Dosage- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water.

5. Yashtimadhu Churna

This herbal churna is an amazing formulation prepared from Licorice and is known to treat the ailments related to nerves. Yashtimadhu churna is full of medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, immunomodulator, antibacterial, anti-arthritic etc.

Dosage- Take ½ teaspoon daily after meals with plain water.

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Glossopharyngeal neuralgia can be treated effectively with the help of herbs and herbal medicines naturally. These medicines help to eradicate the root cause of the disease and eventually relieve the symptoms. Herbal medicines are the safest and natural way to treat Glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

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