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Anxiety and TMJ from the perspective of TCM/Traditional Chinese Medicine

  Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder is a condition that affects the jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement. It often manifests as jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and a clicking or locking of the jaw. Anxiety is a significant factor that can exacerbate TMJ symptoms, and in many cases, anxiety itself can be a direct cause of TMJ. From the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the connection between anxiety and TMJ is profound, and understanding this link can be crucial for effective treatment. Anxiety and TMJ: The Connection Anxiety can significantly contribute to the development and worsening of TMJ. Chronic stress and anxiety often lead to muscle tension, particularly in the jaw, neck, and shoulders. This tension can result in habits such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, both of which are major contributors to TMJ disorders. Additionally, anxiety can heighten the perception of pain, making TMJ symptoms more pronounced. TMJ as an Antidepressant Side Effect  

Scalp/ Head Acupuncture II

The subject of scalp acupuncture is continued in this section, scalp acupuncture II. 



Some Drawbacks and Potential Side effects

Scalp acupuncture has potential drawbacks and side effects, just like any medical procedure, which patients and practitioners should be mindful of. Here are a few drawbacks of scalp acupuncture. 

1. Risk of Infection: Although it is uncommon, we should be mindful of the potential risk of infection. 

2. Risk of Bleeding or Bruising: Some patients, especially those taking blood thinning medication, may bleed or bruise easily at the sites of needle insertion. 

3. Discomfort or Pain: Patients may experience pain or discomfort during treatment, especially if the needles are inserted too firmly or in sensitive scalp religions. 

4. Cost: scalp acupuncture can be costly, particulalry when patients may need multiple sessions to see significant improvements with no insurance dovered.

5. Lack of Scientific Support: Although some research points to potential advantages, more reputable studies are required to fully grasp its efficacy for a variety of conditions. 

It is important for patients to discuss the potential risks and benefits of scalp acupuncture with a qualified practitioner. Patients with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorder or infections of the scalp, may not be good candidates for scalp acupuncture. Additionally, it is critical to determine whether patients are at ease having thier heads touched or pricked. 


How to Needle in Scalp Acupuncture Treatment


Small needles are inserted into particular points on the head during scalp acupuncture to activate the nervous system and encourage healing. Here are the fundamental procedures for acupuncture on the head. 

1. Prepare: Before starting the procedure, the patient should be sure at ease and be positioned correctly for needling. 

2. Locate the acupuncture points on the scalp that are appropriate for the patient's condition by using anatomical features as a reference to determine where the points are. 

3. Insertion: insert the needle into the scalp at a 30-45 degree angle, depending on the thickness and depth of the scalp points. The needle should be inserted quickly and smoothly with minimal discomfort to the patient. The patient's tolerance level can also be taken into account when choosing the needle size and diameter. Personally I like a 0.20x15 size neelde. 


Scalp Acupuncture for Aesthetic Purposes


Scalp acupuncture is commonly used to treat various neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as promoting general health and wellness. Additionally, scalp acupuncture has also been used for aesthetic purposes in recent years. 

It involves inserting needles into specific points on the scalp that are believed to promote blood circulation, improve skin quality, and stimulate hair growth. The needles used in scalp acupuncture are very fine, and the treatment is generally considered to be painless and non-invasive. 


For the Skin & Hair Growth


One of the main benefits of scalp acupuncture for aesthetic purposes is its anti-aging benefits by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to it, scalp acupuncture has also been used to stimulate hair growth and improve overall hair quality. 

By increasing blood flow to the scalp and stimulating hair follicles, scalp acupuncture can help to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. This makes it a popular treatmemnt for individuals who are experiencing hair thinning or baldness. 

However, scalp acupuncture for aesthetic purposes is not a substitute for botox or fillers. Overall, those seeking to enhance their appearance and advance general health and wellbeing may find scalp acupncture to be a safe and effective procedure


Closing

It is significant to remember that safe and successful scalp acupuncture treatment depends on using the right needle insertion and manipulation methods. Because of this, it is crucial to obtain medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional/acupuncturist. 

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