The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) can be blamed for much suffering.
Jaw clenching and tooth grinding are well known causes of jaw pain. It can radiate to your ear or the whole face and trigger strong headaches.
Some TMJ issues produce a clicking sound, reduce the range of motion/lock the jaw or cause facial swelling.
In Chinese medicine, this kind of pain is usually caused by Qi (energy) and Blood Stagnation. At night during sleep, when we process our emotions and stress, the body tries to move this blockage and attempts to ‘chew away’ the stagnation.
Acupuncture and herbs will attempt to release the affected muscles, improve the flow of Qi and Blood and work on the underlying emotional factors.
Chinese medicine rules! 😊