Acupuncture for TMJ - Treatment Protocols

Below you will find some of the more common tcm diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for TMJ and related temporomandibular disorders. There are many ways to treat this condition with Eastern Medicine and our presentation is only one of many possible options.

  • Etiology & Pathology:
    • Can be a local problem from trauma, arthritis in the joint, lots of dental work (from keeping mouth open), stress related tension (usually presents with Bruxism)
    • Tension in the occipital/atlas, upper cervical area can lead to TMJ
    • TH, SI, GB & ST Channels involved
  • Treatment Points:
    • Local Points:
    • Distal Points:
      • LI 4 - command face/jaw
      • TH 5 & GB 41 - Master/Couple of the Yang Wei Mai, moves Qi in the ear araa
      • SI 3 or SI 1 - secondary
      • If constrained LV Qi (emotional causes):
        LV 3, LI 4 - four gates & GB 34 - supplements LV 3

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were consulted within this section:

  • St. John, Meredith: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes

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