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Home > Newsletters > July 2007 > Ask the Doctor

Points -  Ask the Doctor

Q: Could acupuncture help with the pain and tension that TMJ causes. It seems my jaw pain and the tension seem to be a vicious circle (one causing the other)

A:   TMJ pain refers to the joint of the jaw located just in front of the ear canal. Acupuncture really likes TMJ. The needles inserted near the TM joint helps to loosen things up, but that is only a superficial symptom. The real TCM treatment would also include treating the underlying cause, which in many cases is a stress response as TMJ arises from tooth grinding during the sleep period. Treat that stress with needles inserted elsewhere on the hands and feet and the teeth grinding will go away too, thus preventing the TMJ from returning as well as treating all of the other symptoms in you that are induced or aggravated by stress.

Be well.


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This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Al Stone, L.Ac.
Beyond Well Being
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicines
Santa Monica, CA.
(310) 264-6668

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