Acupuncture treatment for temporomandibular joint pain

Zhu, Jihe and Arsovska, Blagica and Kozovska, Kristina and Loznaliev, Aleksandar (2017) Acupuncture treatment for temporomandibular joint pain. In: First International Symposium for Traditional Chinese Medicine, 06 Dec 2017, Stip, Macedonia.

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Abstract

Introduction - Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome may be caused by: external injury, external contraction of wind evils, internal damage by the seven affects, habitual bodily vacuity and worms. The aim of acupuncture is to remove wind and scatter cold, wash away phlegm and free the flow of the network vessels. Material and methods – In this research are included 9 patients, 5 female and 4 male, on age from 25 to 66, all treated with acupuncture for temporomandibular pain. Treatments were made in a clinic for TCM and acupuncture in Skopje, by a doctor specialist in acupuncture. Patients were treated with normal (cold) fire needle acupuncture on the acupuncture point St7and Ashi points i.e. trigger points found on palpation on the most painful place around the TMJ. Results – Most common age group was from 30 to 40 years old. Most of the treated patients needed 2 treatments to achieve the results. In most of the patients the condition occurred after tooth extraction. After the treatments, the pain and the other accompanying symptoms that patients complained about before were gone and the normal function of the joint was restored. Discussion - Acupuncture possesses pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps to flush toxins, boost immunity, has ability to elevate the pain threshold, release neurotransmitters in local regions, and modulate pathways in the central nervous system thus yielding analgesic effect. Conclusion - Acupuncture as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine is used to promote and uphold good oral health and it can give quick and effective pain relief for many dental conditions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Yihe Zhu
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 11:55
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2018 11:55
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/18900

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