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TMJ Syndrome


About
TMJ Syndrome, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, occurs when the joint between the temporal bone and the jawbone does not function properly. Pain, headaches, muscle spasms, dizziness, toothaches, pressure behind the eyes, and ringing ears may indicate the presence of TMJ.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • A bite plate can help stop tooth-clenching and to normalize the bite. Other more permanent treatments include orthodontia, reshaping of teeth, crowns, and permanent oral appliances. TMJ does not usually require surgery.
  • Beware of TMJ misdiagnosis. Certain types of pain are commonly "treated" as TMJ, even though they are not.
  • Biofeedback readings from the masseter muscle can be helpful in alleviating some affects of TMJ. Relaxation techniques can boost effectiveness.
  • Consider physical therapy to help with symptoms.
  • Learn to control stress in order to alleviate symptoms. Muscle relaxant and heat are also helpful.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, displaced disk, and other disorders can account for jaw pain. TMJ is not the only solution.
  • Trying minor, inexpensive treatment is recommended before attempting major, expensive treatments to fix TMJ.


Advice
  • A group of practitioners from a medical or dental school is a better option than one single practitioner, as this will provide multiple options for treating TMJ.
  • Chewy foods like red meat and bagels, along with gum are not recommended.
  • Cold packs or heat packs may be beneficial for alleviating pain.
  • Fasting once a month is recommended.
  • Lightly steamed vegetables, white fish, skinless chicken and turkey, fresh fruits, brown rice, whole grain foods, and homemade soups and breads are recommended. Foods with sulfur (eggs, asparagus, garlic, onions, etc.) are also beneficial since sulfur can aid in reconstruction of cartilage, bone, and connective tissue.
  • Maintain good posture. Back should be straight and cheeks should line up with your collarbone.
  • Refrain from alcohol, as it could encourage tooth-grinding (bruxism) and eventually TMJ.
  • Stay away from anything with caffeine or anything that works as a stimulant (even over-the-counter decongestants).
  • Stay away from junk food, candy, pies, fast food, potato chips, white flour, colas, and sugar.
  • The bromelain in pineapple helps ease inflammation. Fresh pineapple is best.
  • The recommended sleeping position is on your back, not your side or stomach. Allow your muscles to relax.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Calcium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Eases stress and inhibits bone softening for correct muscular function.
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Magnesium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Eases stress and inhibits bone softening for correct muscular function.
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Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Anti-stress
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Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Anti-stress
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Blue Violet
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.

Catnip
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Chamomile
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
Cautions: To avoid developing ragweed allergies, only use chamomile occasionally. Those with ragweed allergies should not use chamomile.
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Hops
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Kava Kava
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Lobelia
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
Cautions: Lobelia should not be taken internally for long periods of time.
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St. John's Wort
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Skullcap
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Thyme
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Passionflower
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Red Raspberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Valerian Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.
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Wild Lettuce
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights stress. Encourages relaxation.

Boswellia
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases inflammation. Builds up blood vessels near connective tissue that is inflamed.
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Feverfew
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain and soreness.
Cautions: Pregnant women should not use feverfew.
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Ginger
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain and soreness. Antioxidant. Fights inflammation.
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Stinging nettle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights inflammation.
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Turmeric (Curcumin)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases inflammation and pain.
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Willow Bark
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases inflammation and pain.
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