If you are experiencing toothache, you should see a dentist, however during these circumstances, where we do not have access to our dentists, massaging a few acupoints from TCM will help you get rid of the pain naturally, until you're able to schedule a dentist appointment.
In Chinese Medicine, the large intestine or small intestine channels may be affected for you to be experiencing toothache. Acupoints are suggested to help relieve the pain temporarily. What are acupoints? Short form for Acupuncture points, it's the landmarks on your body that connect Meridians (energy channels) in your body. By massaging each acupoint, you target that specific meridian and help increase blood and Qi (energy) in it to heal it.
It is suggested for you to massage or rub these acupoints with firm pressure for 2-3 minutes, for temporary relief of toothache:
Large Intestine 4/LI4- found on the back side of the hand between the thumb and first finger. This acupoint is used to control and relief facial pain, stress, inflammation, gets rid of pathogen (bacteria that cause diseases) in the body, circulates Qi (energy) in the body this point should not be stimulated if pregnant as it can cause abortion
Large Intestine/LI 11-flex your elbow, and this acupoint can be found at the end of the folded line where you've flexed, on the outside of your arm. This acupoint helps clear heat, regulate Qi and blood and thus help with toothache.
Stomach 44/ST 44- located on the top of the foot, in the web margin between the second and third toe. This acupoint helps clear heat sometimes caused by toothache.
Do not continue to massage these acupoints if you’re experiencing extreme pain while practicing it.
Hope you're all keeping well and ache free during these eerie times!
*Please note, this resource is simply intended to introduce you to general concepts, it is not designed to heal any specific health issues. Please consult a health care practitioner for your individual issues. The information provided by this resource is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with your physician, and should not be construed as individual medical advice.