By Michael G. Rehme, DDS, NMD, CCN
Is it possible that your teeth have a biological effect on other parts of your body? To understand this concept, let’s consider the therapeutic effects of Chinese acupuncture.
Chinese acupuncture believes there is a universal life energy called chi (also spelled “qi“) present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, one’s health is maintained. However, once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted, and pain or illness will occur.
Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting that causes blackouts. Acupuncture works to “reprogram” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the chi energy.
How does this theory apply to dentistry? Years ago, I was first introduced to the tooth/organ chart, which shows each tooth in the mouth and describes its relationship to other major organ systems in the body. (You can view an interactive version of this chart right here on my website.)
I must admit that I was a bit skeptical at first. However, after years of observations, clinical experience, and patient testimonials, it’s quite apparent to me that our teeth are connected to these energetic pathways called meridians, and their relationships with other body parts are quite real.
If a tooth is compromised by infection or contains a high galvanic current, an imbalanced condition will develop, and the natural flow of energy will be blocked. When this occurs, any organ system also on that tooth’s meridian can be affected in a negative way and eventually diminish overall health and wellness.
Biological dentistry teaches us how to address these dental problems by eliminating the imbalances and restoring or “reprogramming” the oral cavity back to its balanced energetic condition. Changes in systemic conditions – for example, digestive problems, joint pains, fatigue, headaches, sinus infections, and even heart palpitations – can correct themselves after correcting the dental concerns.
It continues to amaze me how often I witness the positive results that dental interventions have on the rest of the body. Over the past 20-some years, I’ve recorded hundreds of testimonials that support this theory of energetic pathways and meridians. Here are just two of them:
Patient 1: I had an infected, cracked molar which had been affecting both my thyroid and my heart. My heart had been pounding for months. Within minutes after the tooth was removed, my heart returned to normal and I felt better than I had in months.
Patient 2: I had a great deal of swelling in my lower right jaw adjacent to the infected tooth. I also had a lot of pain in the upper left quadrant which was relieved immediately after the infected tooth was removed. My fatigue has lifted and the heart palpitations are finally gone.
To read more testimonials about meridian pathways, browse our Patient Success Stories.
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