TMJ: Natural Remedies
TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, is a condition of tightness and inflammation of the joint that connects the jaw and skull. It can be painful, causing headaches and joint pain, and inhibiting the ability to open the mouth fully. If severe, it can lead to neck and shoulder pain. In addition to conventional treatments and chiropractic care, there are a number of natural remedies that can help ease the pain and treat TMJ.
Five Natural Remedies for TMJ:
- Magnesium can help treat TMJ. It works to relax both the muscles and the nervous system. Although it's available in capsule form, many studies suggest it's better absorbed through the skin. Magnesium oil is inexpensive and can be purchased in a spray bottle. Applying it to the soles of the feet twice a day works well. It can sometimes cause skin irritation, so it's best to do a patch test first.
- Peppermint, lavender and frankincense oil can help ease TMJ pain. Mix a drop of each in a quarter cup of melted coconut oil and apply directly to the jaw and any other achy areas.
- B-complex vitamins can help with TMJ. They work to counter the effects of stress on the body. TMJ is often caused and exacerbated by stress, so this can be an effective approach.
- Massaging the jaw area and any other achy areas with a tennis or lacrosse ball can provide relief.
- Kava, a root from the Pacific Islands, can be steeped in hot water and consumed. This is another way to reduce stress and its effects on the body, indirectly targeting TMJ pain. If consumed in large quantities, Kava has some risks, so please do appropriate research.