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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  

A Weight Management Strategy I: Based on Four Constitutions in Traditional Korean Medicine

Do you still struggle to maintain a healthy weight even after attempting a variety of diets, fitness programs, and weight loss medications? Here, I'd like to share a weight-loss strategy based on the four constitutions that traditional Korean medicine has preserved.  When you choose the appropriate routine, exercise, food, and treatment based on your constitution, you will be able to maintain healthy weight and overall wellbeing. The fact that each patient has a unique constitution explains why, even when the same treatment is given for the same symptom, the results vary from patient to patient.  The four constitution types were first proposed by Lee Je-ma, born in 1894. He  was a traditional physician and used tailored treatments based on his four constitution types. As in  As in 周 易 /Iching, the basis of ancient Eastern medicine and the repository of the laws of nature and the cosmos, he focused on the four constitution  types according to the yin and yang dynamics in harmony wit