Acupuncture appears to have better potential to alleviate the pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia compared with the drug carbamazepine.  Korean authors conducted a systematic review of data from 30 studies involving 2295 patients.  Compared with carbamazepine, acupuncture resulted in improvements in various domains, including pain scores (mean difference (MD) -1.40), treatment response rates (risk ratio (RR) 1.20), frequency of pain attacks (MD -2.53), and adverse effects (risk difference (RD) -0.15). (Acupuncture for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2023 Aug:52:101763).