TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular (TMJ)  acts a sliding hinge that connects your lower jawbone to the your. There are two joints, one on each side of the head, in the front of the ears. These joint allows for the jaw to move up and down, side to side; also enabling you to open and close your mouth.  TMJ dysfunction can occur when jaw bones are not aligned properly. However, the exact of a person’s disorder needs to be determined by several factors, including stress, arthritis, genetics, dental work history and jaw injury history.

Symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Lock jaw, teeth grinding, difficulty chewing or a bite that feels off, toothaches
  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw or at the one or both temporomandibular points
  • Limitation of movement
  • Pain in the neck or the shoulders
  • Ringing in the ear, earaches
  • Headaches/migraines, vision problems, neurological issues
  • Fatigue, dizziness

Though TMJ pain may come and go, some report having to deal with chronic pain daily. TMJ is typically diagnosed and treated at your local doctors office. Your typical treatment plan may require a diet change, jaw strengthening exercises, stress reduction techniques, a night-guard, NSAIDs, a variety of injections and /or surgery.

However, if your one of the few who deal with chronic TMJ pain, perhaps an herbal remedy may be exactly what you need.

5 Herbs That Will Help to Alleviate TMJ Disorder:

  1. Clove  is an oral anesthetic, antiseptic and an infection fighter.  It is also a mild sedative.  Recommended as a dental pain reliever, chewing cloves reduces gumming swelling from TMJ pain. This entire plant can be used, whether as a tea, cooked in food or used as a essential oil.
  2. Calendula is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial. It is a strong healing herb. It is effective in killing bacteria that can cause everything from gingivitis to cavities. Can be used in a tea, ground into powder form or as essential oil.
  3. Rosemary is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant filled, memory enhancing and gives neurological protection.  It can also increase the effectiveness of antibiotics by weakening the cell walls of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, allowing antibiotics to enter. It can be effective as a tea, oil or cooked in food.
  4. Rose Petals are a gentle and nourishing flower despite having astringent properties. They are great for overall oral health, helping to protect, tone and moisten the gums. They also helps to dry out extra mucus in body. Can be brewed as a tea.
  5. Kava Kava is antiseptic, anesthetic, narcotic and diuretic. It can sometimes be chewed to relieve throat pain. Kava Kava produces a numbing effect on the throat and tongue when chewed.

But, in case you need an extra boost for the chronic pain:

Pride Dental offers a list of essential oils for TMJ pain.

RDH offers a list of herbal teas effective for TMJ symptoms.

Always Ayurveda offers effective herbal supplementation for TMJ pain.

For more information, contact us