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Are there alternative treatments for neuralgia?

There are a few alternative treatments for neuralgia. Nerve stimulation is one of them. It involves using electrodes to deliver tiny electrical shocks to the areas being affected. You control the electrodes by switching them on when you start experiencing pain. This is often used when other treatments fail. Certain creams and lotions may help as well. A lotion made from chili peppers called capsaicin or an aspirin-cream combination can relieve pain when rubbed into the affected area. There are claims that acupuncture, nutritional therapy and biofeedback can also be effective as alternative treatments but there is little evidence to support these claims. In the case of occipital neuralgia caused by tight muscles a massage may be able to relieve the pain. It is important to consult your doctor before trying any type of alternative treatment for your neuralgia to make sure it won't interfere with treatment you may already be receiving.

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