When you think of acupuncture, does the vision of dozens of needles sticking out of someone's body make you wince? How can a procedure that looks so painful actually relieve pain? According to a study published in Medicine, this traditional Chinese practice may help people with a variety of ailments, including pain associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
How exactly does acupuncture work, and can acupuncture for TMJ provide relief? Here's what you need to know before discussing this treatment option with your medical care provider.