Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am in my early forties and suffer from TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint). Can acupuncture help with the pain?
A: Yes, acupuncture can help with TMJ. There are many different protocols that depend on where the pain is localized and the underlying patient condition. A licensed acupuncturist will be able to prescribe an appropriate treatment protocol. Usually four to six treatments can clear a mild condition. Chronic conditions may require longer treatment. To find a licensed acupuncturist in your area you can visit: www.acupuncture.com
Additional information on efficacy of acupuncture in treating jaw pathologies can be found at: www.acupuncture-treatment.com/temporomanibular_joint_disorder.html
Additionally, you may find that the herbal supplement “Arthritis/Joint” is particularly helpful in relieving joint pain and promoting their natural function. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.