Toothache? This is the answer that traditional Chinese medicine gives you

This is a story told by Dr. Hu Naiwen, a Chinese traditional medicine physician (MTC). When I was learning acupuncture about 40 years ago, one day a classmate suddenly said to her: "You know, I just learned some acupuncture points, and my toothache is gone!"

His classmate found a book that said the acupuncture point "Sanjin" is used to treat toothache, so an acupuncture needle was applied to the point. The Sanjin acupuncture point is located in the meridian of the large intestine, and it turns out that toothache was caused by problems in the meridian of the large intestine. Thus, by a stroke of luck, the toothache was cured.

The MCT believes that there is a cause for toothaches. If the correct causes and meridians are identified, the toothache may be treated.

Toothache is common, but few people flock to MCT physicians to solve it. MTC has some effective ways to alleviate toothache.

Dr. Hu Naiwen, Dr. Hu Naiwen. (Sun Mingguo/The Great Epoch)

There are two main types of toothaches. One has to do with the teeth, while the other has to do with the gums.

The MTC holds that the teeth are an extension of the bones, and as the kidneys govern the bones, they also govern the teeth. When the kidneys have problems, the teeth also have problems.

In the case of gum disease, since the meridian of the Yang Ming small intestine of the hand passes through the lower gingiva, the problems of the lower gingiva are related to the large intestine.

Similarly, since the Yang Ming stomach meridian of the foot passes through the upper gingiva, the problems of the upper gums are related to the stomach.

Strengthen your kidneys to save your teeth

When a tooth becomes loose and its root is exposed, it is a sign that the kidneys are weak and overworked.

Soak Fructus tribuli (Ji Li) in water, and use it as a mouthwash.

The salt goes into the kidneys. Rinsing your mouth with halitum (Qing Yan) helps cure toothaches. Rubbing it a little on the teeth makes them strong and resistant. A large amount of dental powder on the market contains halitum.

Pepper serves as an anesthetic. Holding a grain of pepper in the mouth with the sore tooth numbs the pain.

The chives strengthen the kidneys. Eating chives If you have toothache or kidney problems will help.

For a wind-tooth pain, when the tooth can tolerate cold and heat, you have to take drugs that expel the wind. Wen Feng San take (1.)

In the case of a cold toothache, there is no swelling, but the gums are sore. Drinking hot water helps calm them down.

Add Rhizoma et radix notopterygii (Qiang huo), Herba ephedrae (Ma Huang) and radix aconiti praeparata (Chuan fu zi) to Saint Feng Wen (1). Use half as a mouth rinse and take the other half orally.

Toothaches are caused mainly by heat in the stomach. The gums are swollen and the pain is severe when you eat something extremely hot or cold. There is a slight relief when the temperature is not so extreme.

Take drugs that purge the pathogen fire in the body. Use Aloe Vera extract as mouthwash.

is extraction necessary?

Should the tooth be removed when there is pain? Different doctors have different points of view.

After some teeth were removed, Dr. Hu warned that if the first tooth had not been removed, he could have avoided subsequent extractions.

He gave an example. If a posterior upper left molar is removed, this will have an impact on the corresponding upper right posterior molar, causing misalignment and tooth decay, as food will become trapped. If this tooth is removed, the corresponding tooth in the lower jaw may become longer, exerting pressure on other teeth.

Pain can lead to more extractions. Therefore, Hu suggests saving each tooth with only a filling paste as far as possible.

notes: (1) Wen Feng San – composition: Dang gui (Angelica China root/female ginseng) 6 G, Xi Xin (Herba broil) 4.5 g, Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma chuanxiong) 6 g, Bi bo (fructus piperis longi/Long Pepper) 6 g, Gao Ben (rhizoma ligustici) 6 g, Bai Zhi (radix angelicae dahuricae) 6 g , Fang Lu Feng (Polistes mandarinus Saussure/Honeycomb) 18 g. Boil in water.

Important: This article was written merely for information purposes and is not intended to replace the visit to your doctor, dietitian or specialist. If you have any concerns, consult your doctor.