Nov 19, 2015
A number of different holistic treatments are effective for managing TMJ including stretching and exercises, nutritional supplements and other therapies. The focus of such treatments is strengthening the joint and limiting inflammation contributing to the condition.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge that connects the jawbone and skull. As damage occurs in or around the joint, the condition known as TMJ occurs. Damage may include erosion of the disk, improper alignment of the disk, damage in the joint cartilage or damage caused by a blow or impact. Symptoms include pain or tenderness in the jaw, aching pain in or around the ear, difficulty chewing, aching facial pain and locking of the joint.
Natural Treatments for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
As the condition spans a variety of healthcare disciplines, a variety of treatments have been identified as effective for treating the condition. Treatments range from acupressure to yoga and other muscle exercises. However, some of the most effective options involve natural supplements, including cilantro, magnesium and baking soda.
Cilantro is an herb known for its detoxifying properties. As TMJ is often a condition that involves the buildup of heavy metals in the system, chelation using cilantro is an effective treatment option. The substance also improves circulation and immune defense.
Magnesium is a common nutrient that is involved in numerous metabolic functions. The nutrient also helps the body absorb calcium and supports bone density. As such, magnesium is often effectively used as a treatment for TMJ.
Alkalizing the body is also important for treating TMJ as it helps replenish the body's nutrient levels and ability to function. Baking soda is a natural treatment option for alkalizing the body. This alkalization also improves muscle function.
A condition that causes pain and discomfort in both the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw, TMJ is often a very painful condition. While a variety of treatment options have been identified for the condition, nutritional supplements are among the most effective.
Remedies for TMJ
Several years ago the right side of my jaw would swell and my jaw would lock. This condition would be aggravated by my salivary gland when I "thought" of eating a cookie. Strange indeed. I went to the dentist and he sent me to an Orthodontist that pryed my mouth open. That helped at the time but it wasn't until a co-worker suggested I see a Chiropractor that I was cured. I couldn't open my mouth but he managed to put a finger inside my mouth on the "left" side and applied pressure to a muscle. That afternoon the swelling was gone. I have used this technique myself over the years to cure myself and it's always worked.
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Posted by Relief (Sd, Usa) on 01/22/2011
TMJ RELIEF, finally the only thing that has worked after 3 years of 24 hour pain is a highly trained Acupunture doctor. For suffers don't waste a minute. The first session he balance me, then the second session, he gently attacked the problem. The first time my jaw realigned in years and have not worn a night guard since and it has been 5 months.
Posted by Michie (NYC, NY) on 10/16/2014
I have had mild tmj for many years now without any pain. Last week I heard a loud click and it started aching and felt painful while I ate. I have been using cayenne pepper for some other ailments and read many of the wonderful health benefits of it.So, I decided to try it after seeing a massage video for the jaw. I took about 3 drops of the pepper oil mixed it with a bit of castor oil and rubbed it on the inside of my mouth where the bone is. I could feel a little tender spot and rubbed it extra into that. Then, I continued to do the same for the outside of my jawline. When I woke today it felt a bit better so I am going to continue this for a few weeks and see what happens. The pepper is supposed to bring fresh blood to the area while the oil is healing. Hope this helps anyone who may have this problem.
Posted by Oldriska (Prague, Czech Republic) on 05/16/2012
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has experience with "Guna" physiological regulating medicine for pain management? I always look for ways to combat my reccuring pain in a tooth (I had had double surgery on that tooth; on X-rays it looks ok, still, the pain has been coming back for the past 2 months) and my TMJ disorder. An alternative medicine doctor suggested I got a combo of anti-inflammatory "Guna" injections and homeopathics. I've already tried various natural and non-natural cures (ACV, fresh green juice and magnesium have given me more relief than any OTC analgesics), but this is the first time I heard about "Guna, " so before I give it a go, it would be nice to hear someone else's opinion. Many thanks to you all and thank you EC for running this forum!
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Posted by Pangloss (Tennessee, Usa) on 01/09/2014
My wife has had bad TMJ for years, leading to awful headaches as well. A $30 ebook bought online provided exercises which helped a lot - but not a permanent cure. Lately she has been taking iodine to help her low thyroid issues. She has discovered that when she takes 3 drops of iodine a day (2 drops of Lugol's Iodine and 1 drop of Atomidine) 1 drop at a time several hours apart, she has no jaw problem. Maybe TMJ can be a sign of iodine deficiency in at least some cases? Oh yes, we also quit using fluoride toothpaste decades ago, and quit drinking fluoridated water recently. Fluorine, chlorine (both in water) and bromine (in white flour) all interfere with iodine absorption.
Remember, your mileage may vary! If you take iodine and get tension, palpitations, runny nose, frontal headache - back off, you are taking too much for your present needs!
Posted by Mama To Many(Tennessee, Usa) on 04/21/2014
My daughter, who is almost 12, was having some pain in her TM joint. She would wake up with her jaw hurting. One day, it hurt so much she didn't go to choir practice. (She loves to sing so I knew it must be bad.) I went through this as a teen and young adult, ending with surgery, which I surely hope to spare her from. I checked here at EC and found that Magnesium helps many with TMJ. I got some Natural Calm and she takes a teaspoon in water before bed. It has helped so much! If she forgets, sometimes her jaw will hurt some. She has not missed choir in a month since starting on magnesium.
When she was younger, she did grind her teeth at night. (Perhaps she still does and I haven't noticed in a while.) I don't know if this is related or not. I did notice that magnesium was used for TMJ and Bruxism, which is why it made sense to me to try that first.
~Mama to Many~
Posted by Khloe R. (Fresno, Ca) on 12/23/2009
I had suffered from TMJ twice in my life and both times they were cured by magnesium. The magnesium in your body is usually depleted by stress. Magnesium is also what makes you calm, and can even help your bowel movements if constipated. I still take a magnesium supplement daily and have no problems ever since.
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Posted by Jayeshgala83 (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) on 09/16/2011
Since last 2-3 weeks, I am feeling like I am pressing my teeth in the night.. I feel my tissues around jaws are always in tension... When I wake up.. I feel pressure on my teeth... is there any cure on this using oil pulling? Thanks
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Posted by Tmj (Stamford, Ct) on 12/24/2009
I have been suffering from TMJ disorder for the past 9 months. I get pain in my temples, jaw joint, Cheeks, neck, back, and sometime my tongue. I get ringing sounds in my ears too. I have read about oil pulling in your website posts and am eager to know more about it. Is there any more specific information such as the type of oil to be used, any specific schedule to be followed. Apart from oil pulling, are there any other ways to attack the problem.
Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Posted by Simon (England) on 11/24/2014
Thank you for your incredible website. It is just the best. I have tried to support it every way I can, buying books etc. Could you send me a link to Ted's TMJ remedy? I can't find it. Thank you so much. Simon
Posted by Lon (Stanhope, Nj) on 08/12/2009
TMJ: I used the kinetic exercises on this youtube link and a heating pad at night to stop my relentless pain. In addition, since I can't afford acupuncture, I massaged the areas an acupuncturist, in another youtube video, targeted to treat TMJ. The pain was so bad I thought I had infected teeth; wasting money and time on two emergency dental visits even though the dentist couldn't find anything wrong with my teeth. He finally suggested the pain might be from TMJ since I had some symptoms. I felt the heating pad and the kinetic exercises were the main focus of my home remedy and gave me a faster than expected reduction in pain, continued practice over a week or so stopped the pain altogether. I did the exercises whenever I thought about it, even while driving and doing other tasks, such as washing dishes. Most of the exercises are hands free: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O8ArvMOzqQ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O8ArvMOzqQ
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Posted by Antares (Tamuning, Guam) on 08/18/2010
My jaw seized up rather suddenly and was getting worse by the day. The tension in the jaw joint was becoming severe -- uncomfortable and painful, and I could not open my mouth without a miserable jarring pop. Because my godmother has been through a years-long full mouth reconstruction, I asked her what I could do. She told me that a tibetan singing bowl helped her a lot. I didn't have access to one, but a couple days later it occured to me to just hum. So I did, for about ten minutes on my drive home, and then I went to bed. The next morning my jaw was most of the way better -- I barely noticed the pop of the dislocation, once I had warmed up the joint. While humming that first time, while the tension was severe, my eardrum buzzed/rattled like a broken speaker! The next day there was no more buzzing when I hummed. I still need to accomplish a complete cure, as I my jaw is still dislocated since the onset of this bout of tension; however, that will probably require a wisdom tooth extraction. Now it clunks when I open my mouth, but does not cause me any discomfort.
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Posted by June (NYC, USA) on 11/30/2008
When I was in college years ago, I took a class on the Linklater Voice method, which was recommended for actors and public speakers. I remember being told that one of the exercises we used to warm up at the beginning of class was excellent at reducing or eliminating TMJ. This particular warm-up exercise consisted of grabbing a good hold on your chin between your thumb and pointing finger and vibrating it (shaking it very quickly with tiny movements) while making an "AHHHHH" sound. Then you'd continue with the vibration and make a very deep sighing noise going up and down the scale (picture a sound wave curve). You might want to do this in a sound proof room because people may wonder what the heck you are up to -- very silly sounds!
I have used the technique successfully over the years to treat my TMJ when it popped up. I spend 5-10 minuts making sounds and vibrating my jaw. I also move my jaw from side to side while making that AHhhh sound.
Magnesium is a potent stress reducer, so you might consider taking that too.
P.S. I haven't checked, but maybe there are some videos on YouTube on the Linklater voice method to give you an idea.
P.P.S Babies sometimes make a very similar sound to the vibration I described above!
Posted by Robin (Near Toledo, Ohio) on 04/14/2009
A yoga practice cured me of TMJ disorder. I used to get shooting pains up my cheek and really bad headaches. I started with Zanax but since I knew that was a highly addictive drug, I researched natural alternatives and discovered Kava Kava. It worked just as well without the worry of addiction. I was also fitted with a mouth piece to prevent me from clenching hard at night.
I then start yoga practice and I think releasing the stored tension in my body was key. (the fish, the cobra, the scorpion, the bow, the wheel, and the camel were beneficial, stretching the entire front of the body, plus I would jut out my chin in doing some of these to increase the stretch in the neck/jaw area. Mind you, to be healthy, you need to do opposite stretches to keep the body in balance, like the standing forward bend, the shoulder stand, the child's pose, seated forward bend, etc.) After practicing for a few months, I noticed that I no longer clenched at night or during the day and the headaches were gone. Of course, stress was a trigger too, I was married to an emotional abuser and control freak plus suffered from chronic sinusitis every other week for years.
It's interesting that Ted talks of an alkaline ph in reference to chelating heavy metals linked to TMJ. I also have adrenal fatigue and thyroid resistance, both of which call for minerals (magnesium, etc.) to heal from. Additionally, I have a mouth full of metal fillings and have suspected mercury toxicity as a contributor to the CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, etc that I am challenged with as well. I would have the taste of a metal spoon in my mouth constantly when I had the TMJ really bad.