Acupuncture therapy in orthodontics - a review

Abhimanyu Rohmetra, Rohit Kulshrestha, Kamlesh Singh, Ankita Jaiswal

Abstract


Acupuncture is a technique which has originated in China, in which different health issues are treated by inserting specially designed needles at various points on the body - acupuncture points. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and alters the perception and processing of pain signals and also releases natural painkillers. These painkillers (endorphins and serotonin) are present in the nervous system. These points serve as a tunnel to deeper circulating channels and stimulation of these points activates the body’s natural healing ability. The most common use of acupuncture is in the management of pain, for which a number of studies have shown it to be effective, particularly in the treatment of temporomandibular pain. It is intended that acupuncture may play a promising role in certain dental conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, facial pain, decreasing the level of anxiety and reducing gag reflex. Aim of this article was to review acupuncture techniques and related articles in the literature that have focused on its applications in preventing gag reflex and TMJ pain.


Keywords


Acupuncture; Temporomandibular joint pain; Gag reflex

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