People often do not realize that there is so much more to dental health than just the condition of your gums and teeth. Proper oral hygiene can help prevent a wide variety of health issues, including heart disease and cardiovascular issues. A dentist can often understand a lot about your health, simply by looking at your teeth.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, oral hygiene was thought to play an important role in the overall health of an individual. In ancient China, doctors would start an examination by looking at the patient’s teeth and gums. This is further evidence of the connectedness of various parts of the human body—as explained by the Meridian Theory.
The Meridian Theory
The Meridian Theory is a concept that revolves around a system of channels also referred to as meridians that run through the body—connecting bones, organs, muscles, joints, and your teeth. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are 12 meridians and when your Qi is able to freely move through the body along these meridians, you will experience better health.
These meridians can eventually become blocked or impaired. This disrupts the flow of energy and could lead to various ailments or aches and pains. With acupuncture or the pressing of specific pressure points, these blockages may be able to be removed.
Some holistic dentists believe that metal fillings can affect the meridians and the flow of Qi. The metal creates a galvanic current, which disrupts the flow of energy.
The Meridian Theory is still considered a theory, as there has not been any viable scientific study to determine the exact truth to this theory. Many people claim that visiting a holistic dentist has helped them with other illnesses. This concept has been in use in China for thousands of years. For a practice to continue for so long, it is hard to believe that there is not some truth in the subject.
What Is Reflexology?
The term “reflexology” is used to describe a vast assortment of alternative medicine practices, such as the use of pressure points to correct blockages along the meridians. Traditionally, these practices were centered on pressure points located along the hand and feet. Various regions developed their own methods that also included reflexology points in the mouth.
The concept of reflexology has been met with criticism by many in the medical community. Without hard scientific backing, some doctors do not want to recommend or encourage their patients to seek these alternative forms of treatment.
On the other hand, there are plenty of doctors that believe in the power of positive thinking and feel that if the patient wishes the reflexology treatment to benefit them, they will experience at least some relief. This is similar to the placebo effect, where patients given a placebo report positive health benefits.
Whether you decide to seek alternative treatment for a medical condition, it’s up to you. You need to consider the severity of the illness. Do your own research and weigh out all of your options.
If you want to give alternative medicine a try, reflexology points in your mouth may be the key to solving your health problems.