Lockjaw

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Lockjaw" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for lockjaw.

Content Related to Lockjaw

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "lockjaw" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "lockjaw" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View SI 5 (Yang Valley)

        On the ulnar end of the transverse wrist crease in a depression between the styloid process of the ulna and the triquet…

        Local point for the hand and wrist. Neck and shoulder pain and/or swelling. Toothache, lockjaw. Clears heat from the hearts - calms the spirit, manic behavior.  
  • View ST 5 (Great Reception)

        Anterior to the angle of the mandible on the anterior border of the masseter muscle in a groove-like depression (facial…

        Local point - Pain a/or swelling of the cheek/jaw, neck pain, lockjaw, toothache. Stiff tongue leading to speech problems, frequent yawning. Inability to close eye.
  • View ST 6 (Jawbone)

        One finger width anterior and superior to the angle of the mandible at the belly of the masseter muscle with teeth clen…

        Eliminate wind from the face - TMJ, toothache, Bell's palsy, twitching, facial pain/paralysis. Loss of voice, deviation of mouth/face, lockjaw.

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