Toothache

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Toothache Connections

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

Within TCM, "toothache", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - heat in the blood, liver and gallbladder damp heat, shen disturbance, spleen and stomach damp heat, stomach fire among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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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:

  • LI 1 (Metal Yang)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial si…
    Jing Well Point, for heat, pain, stagnation, especially at …
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  • LI 2 (Second Space)
    On the radial side of the index finger distal to the 2nd me…
    Shown to increase saliva production and to effect the areas…
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  • LI 4 (Union Valley)
    In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.
    Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes …
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  • LI 6 (Veering Passageway)
    3 cun above the crease of the wrist on the LI 5 to LI 11 li…
    Luo Connecting Point, influences the descending and dispers…
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  • SI 5 (Yang Valley)
    On the ulnar end of the transverse wrist crease in a depres…
    Local point for the hand and wrist. Neck and shoulder pain…
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  • SI 8 (Small Sea)
    Between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial ep…
    Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbness, weakne…
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  • SI 18 (Cheek Bone Hole)
    Directly below the outer canthus of the eye in a depression…
    Local point for facial disorders, Bell's palsy, trigeminal …
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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 3 (Great Bone-Hole)
    Directly below the pupil in a depression at the level of th…
    Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the …
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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 5 (Great Reception)
    Anterior to the angle of the mandible on the anterior borde…
    Local point - Pain a/or swelling of the cheek/jaw, neck pai…
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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 42 (Surging Yang)
    Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals and the cuneiform bone,…
    Issues on the upper end of the channel (i.e. mouth/face/hea…
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  • ST 44 (Inner Court)
    Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatars…
    Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ …
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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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