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Chinese Medicine and Toothaches

Acupuncture is a practice of Chinese medicine, which views the body somewhat differently than the Western medical tradition. This ancient practice understands that the body is made up of a series of interconnected channels (known as meridians) on which the body’s life force, or ‘Qi,’ flows.

Toothaches can be caused by a stagnation of circulation within the meridians that travel to the oral cavities. The meridians connected to the stomach and intestines are associated with the upper and lower gums of the mouth, respectively. Heat toxins may also be present along the meridians leading to the oral cavities; this leads to inflammation of the teeth and gums and results in pain.