Acupuncture for orofacial pain

Orofacial pain or facial pain described as an ache in the front part of the head (including the oral cavity) is a common presentation in primary care. Nearly a quarter of patients in a British primary care study (2504 adult patients) reported orofacial pain. The pain may be musculoskeletal, dental, neural, or sinogenic in origin.

Acupuncture releases orofacial pain effectively. This is recognised by dentists. UCLA School of Dentistry is offering a unique, evidence-based program to train dentists in the basics of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory. By combining TCM principles with Western allopathic Medicine modalities, participants will feel comfortable diagnosing and understanding the pathophysiology of both acute and chronic oral pain conditions from an integrative East-West perspective. Moreover, graduates will learn basic acupuncture treatments that can be safely delivered to patients.

If you see dentists for toothaches or facial pain, you may get acupuncture treatment.

References

https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k1517

https://www.dentistry.ucla.edu/learning/acupuncture-integrative-oral-medicine

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