Monday, September 10, 2007

Teeth and the acupuncture channels

Recently, I was reading the Alternative Health section of "New Connexion: Pacific Northwest's Journal of Conscious Living" and came across an article that really caught my interest. It was about Whole-Body Dentistry.

That in itself is an interesting topic because it recognizes that we humans are our own, individual ecosystem; having dental work on one tooth can affect many other parts of the body than just the mouth. I rather like this enlightened quote from the author, Mark A Breiner, DDS: "In fact, both physicians and dentists have been trained to overlook almost entirely the fact that attached to every tooth is a person." He does not make this mistake!

In his article, Dr. Breiner also talked about the relationships between each individual tooth and the corresponding acupuncture channel, saying "Seemingly unrelated physical illnesses can be caused by dental problems … because of their effect on the body's energetic meridians." I had heard that such correspondences existed, but before now had not actually seen the chart that displayed the tooth-by-tooth details.

What does this have to do with stress? (Remember, you are an ecosystem!)

Stress can cause a person to grind their teeth or clench their jaw, often during sleep. Grinding leads to the wearing away of tooth enamel leaving you exposed to decay. If you wake with a sore jaw and don't know why, you may be a tooth grinder or jaw clencher. Additionally, the vibrations this sends along the various acupuncture channels into your body could eventually cause organ stress and malfunction.

Changes in your body chemistry caused by stress – often excess acid – can weaken tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. Traumatic childhood events have even been known to leave identifiable lines in the tooth enamel. (Source)

Below is a chart of the associations between each tooth and the parts of the body linked by acupuncture channel. For drawings of the channels, check my Acupuncture Charts topic tag

To reduce stress, practice Eight Pieces of Brocade qigong! It will restore your health and wellness by balancing the energies of your body through the acupuncture channels as it reduces stress, enabling you to achieve a calm, meditative state of mind. There is much information on this style of qigong in the articles included in my Eight Pieces of Brocade topic tag.

To learn more about the fascinating and human-body, eco-friendly topic of whole body dentistry, read Dr. Breiner's book:

Dental chart courtesy of Natural World Healing.

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