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16-01-2024 | Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Management of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders: a Narrative Review

Authors: Emanuela Serritella, Vera Colombo, Mutlu Özcan, Gabriella Galluccio, Carlo Di Paolo

Published in: Current Oral Health Reports | Issue 1/2024

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture (AT) are widely used for treating acute and chronic pain conditions, including pain related to temporomandibular disorders (TMD). This review highlights the current knowledge about the use of AT and TCM in orofacial pain field, in particular for TMD-related pain management, exploring acupuncture potential benefits, its mechanisms of action on pain and the more suitable clinical application techniques and methods of point stimulation.

Recent Findings

The literature reviewed showed growing evidence supporting the use of AT and TCM-related techniques for the management of orofacial pain, especially associated with TMD. AT presents great potential for treating orofacial pain, especially for muscle pain and headache, and when applied on patients with systemic pain conditions. Different AT techniques and methods of point stimulation, including the traditional and the innovative ones, can be safely used as alternative or to support conventional treatments.

Summary

The use of AT for the management of pain in oro-craniofacial district may have great potential, especially for chronic condition and for pain of muscular origin. Despite the growing interest for TCM and AT as therapeutic tool in musculoskeletal pain conditions, in orofacial pain field the evidence is still few and fragmentary, and there are no specific protocols or clinical and therapeutic indications.
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Metadata
Title
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Management of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders: a Narrative Review
Authors
Emanuela Serritella
Vera Colombo
Mutlu Özcan
Gabriella Galluccio
Carlo Di Paolo
Publication date
16-01-2024
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Keyword
Acupuncture
Published in
Current Oral Health Reports / Issue 1/2024
Electronic ISSN: 2196-3002
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40496-023-00359-8

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