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RESEARCH ARTICLE

An Alternative Approach in Treating Orofacial Pain: A Pilot Study of 24 Patients

Vela D Desai, Neelkant Patil

Citation Information : Desai VD, Patil N. An Alternative Approach in Treating Orofacial Pain: A Pilot Study of 24 Patients. World J Dent 2012; 3 (3):255-256.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1167

Published Online: 01-09-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


Abstract

Objectives

Alternative dentistry is the ever increasing topic of interest in order to unlock the secrets of age old techniques used in the treatment of various diseases. This study was done to relieve pain by alternative therapy and compare four different techniques and their effectiveness in relieving pain.

Materials and methods

The study comprised of 24 subjects on whom four different techniques namely coconut oil therapy, reflexology, warm cold ice pack and ginger therapy were tried.

Results

It was observed that coconut oil therapy was the best analgesic and warm cold ice pack was fastest acting analgesic.

Conclusion

We can efficiently use alternative medicines in treating different levels of pain and reduce the burden of analgesics and its side effects.

How to cite this article

Desai VD, Sharma S, Patil N. An Alternative Approach in Treating Orofacial Pain: A Pilot Study of 24 Patients. World J Dent 2012;3(3):255-256.


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