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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, we will be talking about acupressure for toothache. Now, toothaches can actually hit you in inopportune times so these points can actually come in handy. But you definitely want to go visit your dentist or your acupuncturist if you're having repetitive toothaches because it can be a sign of something more serious. You don't want to wait too long and have to get in and get a root canal and said when it can be easily treated. So the first point I'm going to show you is a pretty common one. LI four. It's located between the first and second bones of the hand and the high point of the muscle at the end of the crease. This point will be quite sensitive if you press hard on it. It is the command point to the head. Also it is a point on the large intestine channel and the large intestine channel wraps around the mouth and has a lot to do with our teeth. So this is really effective as a distal point, and you just want to press on it repeatedly until the hand gets a little tender. And then local points that are really effective on the face. On the stomach channel here, especially if the toothache is on the upper portion of the mouth, this stomach point right under the cheekbone here in this hollow is usually quite sensitive and will almost immediately take the pain away if it's on the top on the upper jaw, and you want to use the point on the same side as the toothache, so if the toothache is on the left you want to use the point on the left side of the face as opposed to the right, and then if it's on the lower, you can use one of the stomach points on the jaw. Now there's a couple little divots in the jaw and the muscle that you'll feel with your finger and if you just kind of search around until you find the one that is most sensitive to you, you'll know immediately because it will actually start to alleviate your toothache quite quickly. So as I said before, if you have a reoccurring toothache, it's important to visit your acupuncture physician or dentist to have it checked out to make sure it's not a sign of something more serious. It could however be something as simple as a symptom of stomach heat so indigestion in your body is trying to signal you another way by presenting toothaches and bleeding gums and that can easily be reversed with acupuncture and herbs. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for toothache.