Toothache complicated by some kind of swelling in the gum or elsewhere in the mouth is, according to Chinese Medicine theory, caused by heat in the stomach. An aching tooth which is not accompanied by swelling is usually caused by a liver problem. “Stomach” toothache is treated by a Chinese Medicine practitioner with gypsum to cool the heat or with rhubarb to purge the heat. “Liver” toothache is best treated with acupuncture, although Chinese ginseng or chrysanthemum flowers can be used as well.

For self-help with acute toothache, try a little acupressure. Pressure on the point just in between the thumb and the index finger, held firmly between the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand, can sometimes produce particularly quick results.

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