Chinese medicine views gingivitis as a disorder caused by a disrupted pattern of Qi. Qi (pronounced chee) is the body’s life force. It is meant to flow undisturbed throughout the body on channels known as meridians. When Qi is disrupted for any reason, it fails in its purpose of carrying nutrients and other supplies to affected areas.
This understanding of gingivitis also holds that ‘heat’ in the liver and stomach are related to and aggravate the problem of gingivitis. For example, pregnant women may experience painful or inflamed gums because the liver is working overtime and becoming heated.
Treatment through acupuncture is aimed at unblocking the flow of Qi through the body’s meridians. Gum disease is often an indicator of poor health and a weakened immune system. Acupuncture also serves to boost immunity in order to prevent infections.