- 1 What is TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)?
- 2 Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder)
- 3 Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder)
- 4 Homeopathic Treatment for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
- 5 Homeopathic Medicines for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
What is TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)?
Temporomandibular is a joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of your skull. Each side of the face has one temporomandibular joint. This joint helps you to open and close your jaw and also allows you to speak and eat.
Temporomandibular joint disorder stands for all the problems occurring in the jaw joint itself, or facial muscles that enable the jaw to move and helps in talking, chewing and yawning. Homeopathic remedies for TMJ disorders help to relieve the symptoms accompanied by it and treat the underlying condition for the sake of long-term relief. Causticum, Rhus Tox and Silicea are the best homeopathic medicines to treat temporomandibular disorders.
Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder)
The main causes of TMJ disorder are injury to the jaw or osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes, genetics also play a vital role in developing this condition. At times, stress also makes a person prone to temporomandibular joint disorder. Grinding or clenching of teeth also increases the risk of getting TMJ disorder.
Other causes include:
- Structural jaw problems from birth
- Use of orthodontic braces
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet
Apart from these causes, in many cases, the cause is not known.
Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder)
The symptoms may vary from case to case and the symptoms of TMJ disorders depend on the cause and severity.
- The primary symptom is pain in the jaw is felt and it can be one-sided or be on both sides.
- Chewing and opening of the mouth widely make the pain worse
- Locking of the jaw
- Limited movement of the jaw
- Stiffness in the jaw muscles
- Tenderness at the temporomandibular joint
- Clicking or popping sound of the mouth while chewing
- Pain in the temple
- Spasm of the jaw muscles that causes the mouth to be closed tightly
Homeopathic Treatment for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Homeopathic mode of treatment can cure TMJ disorder effectively. These remedies can give relief to the patient in terms of symptoms and they do it in a safe and gentle manner. The appropriate homeopathic medicine can be chosen for temporomandibular joint disorder after taking into account the symptoms of a person individually.
Homeopathic Medicines for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Causticum – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for TMJ Disorder with Pain and Contraction in the Jaw
Homeopathic medicine Causticum acts well in cases of temporomandibular joint disorder when there is a pain in the jaw with tension and a contracted sensation in the jaw is also present. There is stiffness in the jaw and the person also feels difficulty in opening the mouth. The condition also makes eating difficult for the patient due to the stiffness and pain in the jaw. Causticum also acts well in cases of TMJ disorder of arthritic or rheumatic origin.
Rhus Tox – Natural Homeopathic Treatment for TMJ Disorder with Intense Stiffness of Joint
Rhus Tox is another natural homeopathic medicine for TMJ disorder of rheumatic origin. Rhus Tox is also well indicated in cases of temporomandibular joint disorders when there is a pain in the jaw associated with intense stiffness. The pain in the jaw can be dull, aching or cramp-like in nature. Furthermore, jaw movement also causes crackling sounds. The patient of this medicine may get relief from jaw pain by applying pressure or applying warmth over the area. Homeopathic medicine Rhus Tox also works well in cases of temporomandibular joint disorders where there is a history of injury in patient.
Silicea – Homeopathic Medicine for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder of Rheumatic Origin
Homeopathic medicine Silicea acts well in cases of TMJ disorders of rheumatic origin with pain in the jaw joint. In most cases, the pain from jaw radiates to the temple (in the head) and this medicine works well in such cases. The patient may also complain of swelling of the jaw. A toothache may also present that is tearing in nature.
Spigelia – Homeopathy for TMJ Disorder with Jaw Pain Radiating to Ear & Temple
It is another natural homeopathic medicine produced from a plant known as pink-root. It belongs to the family of Loganiaceae. The main characteristic of using this medicine in cases of temporomandibular joint disorder is jaw pain that radiates to the ear and the temple of the head. In some cases, the pain seems to reach the nape of the neck and they are tearing in nature. Teeth pain and facial pain may also be felt with the above features.
Alumina – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for TMJ Disorder with Drawing Pain in the Jaw
Homeopathic medicine Alumina works well in cases of TMJ disorders when there is a drawing pain in the jaw. The drawing pain reaches the cheeks from the jaw. Tension in the jaw also occurs as the jaw is shortened. Chewing or opening of the mouth makes the pain in the jaw worse. Swelling over the jaw may also be observed.
Spongia Tosta – Homeopathic Remedy for TMJ Disorder with Cramping Pain in Jaw
Spongia Tosta is another top rated homeopathic treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder where there is cramping pain in the jaw. The pain from the jaw extends to the cheeks and it may result in swelling of the cheeks. Eating makes the pain worse in such cases. The pain also aggravates in the evening with a dislocation sensation in the jaw. Additionally, the pain of the jaw also makes it tender to touch.
Mezereum – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Jaw Pain with Obstructed Jaw Movement
Mezereum is another natural homeopathic remedy produced from the fresh bark of a plant known as Daphne mezereum or Spurge Olive. It belongs to the family of Thymelaceae. Mezereum is one of the best homeopathic remedies for TMJ disorder with jaw pain that obstructs the movement of the jaw. Jaw movement is prevented due to the pain in the jaw. The pain tends to reach the cheeks and the pain also aggravates at night, with marked tooth pain.
Hepar Sulph – Homeopathic Remedy to Treat TMJ Disorder with Jaw Pain
Hepar Sulph is another homeopathic medicine for jaw pain in TMJ disorder and it gets worse on opening the mouth. In most cases, the nature of the pain is shooting type. The pain may cause swollen face and toothache may also be present with the above symptoms.
Note: Medicines mentioned here are for information purpose only. Kindly do not self-medicate.
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