The old decree of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Hammurabi’s Code–see http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/ham/index.htm) may have dealt, centuries ago, with justice: however, there is anctually much more to this judicial equation. If Hammurabi had been familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine (see http://www.tcmpage.com/), perhaps he would have conducted his sentencing differently.
What the ancient Chinese practitioners knew–as well as those practicing TCM today–that the Babylonians didn’t know, was the relationship between each tooth and other body parts. Ranging from the sinus cavities to the internal organs, all of our teeth have an effect, individually, on our health.
Far more than just a matter of illness proceeding from tooth or gum infections or abscesses, this correlation is in keeping with the principle of bodily meridians which conduct chi (life energy) throughout the body. Find that tough to swallow? Ask any dentist about the effect of pressure on the trigeminal nerve (see http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/MedEd/GrossAnatomy/h_n/cn/cn1/cn5.htm) which runs from the ear through the jaw on each side of the face. If your ears are full of fluid, as is common with allergies, the trigeminal nerve will be subjected to pressure. The result: a toothache–often accompanied by an earache. Many a patient has rushed off to the dentist, in agony, only to be told there is nothing wroing with the teeth. What a relief to find the source is simply fluid in the ears rather than a ravaging cavity!
Another aspect in the tooth-to-body relationship is that between the cuspids (the ones next to the second set of incisors) and the eyes. Ever wonder why the upper ones are called “eye teeth”? Perhaps whoever named them thusly was aware of the connection. If you ever are unfortunate enough to get any of the upper cuspids abscessed, you’ll know. The pain resulting to the eye area will certainly let you in on this. Similarlly, swollen sinus cavities in that area will have your teeth aching soon.
If you have any acupuncture/pressure, or other TCM treatment, mention to the practitioner if you’re also having dental problems or work done. Such information could definitely be of value. Similarly, in chiropractic visits, let your chiropractor know of tooth troubles, since they, too, are well-versed in the effects of various body parts on each other.
For LA residents who wish to determine if dental problems may be causing trouble elsewhere, try these links (examples of local acupuncturists/TCM specialists):