Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (Tmj)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (Tmj) Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj). It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj)" is rarely designed with the resulting "temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj)" exclusively in mind.

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.

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj) are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for tmj - treatment protocols " .

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:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at C4 (Sides of Spine at C4)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C4 innervates the areas of the mouth, jaw and chin.  May be…
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  • SI 11 (Celestial Gathering)
    On the scapula in a depression at the center of the infrasc…
    Breast problems, mastitis, insufficient lactation, breast p…
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  • SI 17 (Celestial Countenance)
    Posterior to the angle of the mandible in a depression on t…
    Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are…
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  • SI 19 (Auditory Palace)
    Anterior to the tragus and posterior to the condyloid proce…
    Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafness, tinni…
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  • ST 4 (Earth Granary)
    Directly below the pupil, lateral to the corner of the mout…
    Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal ne…
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  • ST 6 (Jawbone)
    One finger width anterior and superior to the angle of the …
    Eliminate wind from the face - TMJ, toothache, Bell's palsy…
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  • ST 7 (Below the Joint)
    On the face, anterior to the ear, in a depression between t…
    TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache. Hearing issues, dea…
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  • ST 45 (Severe Mouth)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral s…
    Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and orga…
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj)", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) ".

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