Microcurrent electro-acupuncture for TMJ & sinusitis


I am often asked about some of my most powerful and effective experiences with microcurrent stimulation. What often comes to mind are microamp treatments of temporomandibular pain disorders and sinus problems.

Because it is often surprising how profound clinical improvements in these conditions can be instigated by such gentle treatment, it leads me to believe that the facial cavities are especially sensitive to subtle energetic phenomenon. The large numbers of people who believe that they have been sickened by subtle currents created by metal tooth fillings is further evidence of this. In Germany, many patients are routinely tested for adverse oral electro-magnetic fields.


Sinus pain and congestion is best treated with microcurrent probe electrodes, used bilaterally over indicated acu-points. I suggest setting of 80 Hz, with 2:1 Mode if available, square waveform, and biphasic polarity. Increase current intensity until patient feels a slight stinging sensation in sinuses, and treat each set of points for about 30 seconds. Use wetted cotton tips on probes, and touch them to the following pairs of points:

LI 20, bilaterally (in smile lines, lateral to ala nasi)
Bitong, bilaterally (on sides of nose, in notch at junction of bone and cartilage)
GV 26 (center of upper lip) and Yintang (between eyebrows)
SI 18, bilaterally (below zygomaticus bone, inferior to outer comer of eyes)
GB 20, bilaterally (in occipital hollows)
LI 4, bilaterally (on prominence between thumb and forefinger)
This treatment acts like dynamite on congested sinuses. Drainage can be expected in the majority of cases to begin within 30 minutes to eight hours after stimulation. In resistant cases, repeat treatment daily. If the treatment does not work within one-three sessions, you should conclude that the patient has a particularly severe allergy that will need to be addressed first.


Although temporo-mandibular syndromes are a complex set of disorders often requiring surgical or orthopedic intervention, TMJ pain and spasm itself can often be treated efficiently and dramatically with microcurrents. To do this, you will need a TMJ extension electrode that stimulates intra-orally. Set your instrument to the following suggested settings: 25 Ua, 0.3 Hz, sloped waveform, and biphasic polarity.

Place the intra-oral electrode within the mouth on painful areas of the medial and lateral pterygoid muscles (or just ask the patient to put it where it hurts!). Place the trigger probe on the outer cheek, and use the point-finding feature to locate several areas of high conductance on or around the TMJ. Stimulate each for 12-20 seconds. Frequently ask the patient to check their mouth opening range for improvement. It is important to treat both sides of the mouth, even if only one side hurts. The following local and distal acu-points will be found to be helpful:

Local points: St 5,6,7, GB 2,3, SI 18, TW 17,21, Taiyang

Distal points (use - polarity): GB 20, LI 4, ST 44, GB 41

Complete the treatment by applying dual-probe stimulation to other affected muscles such as masseter, SCM, temporalis, buccinator, frontalis, and trapezius.

Because this area is so sensitive, it is advised to use a small dose of treatment, and then wait to see results, rather than "pouring it on" in a single treatment session. Any electrical stimulation is contraindicated in epileptics without medical supervision.

Paul Davis teaches hands-on seminars in electro- acupuncture and microcurrent therapies throughout the U.S. He was among the first Americans to be nationally certified in acupuncture in 1985 by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists (NCCA ). Developer of the Acutron Multiwave instrument, Davis is president of Microcurrent Research, Inc. Questions and comments may be directed to him c/o MRI, 10443 N. Cave Creek Road, Ste. 211, Phoenix, AZ 85020 1-800-872-6789.)


By Paul Davis

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John C Frink LAc's picture

I have had much success over the years treating TMJ with acupuncture. Often the problem resolves after 2 or 3 treatments even without e-stim. However, e-stim is great for the more stubborn cases. While every case is different, this protocol looks like a good starting point.

- John C Frink, Licensed Acupuncturist
currently practicing in Davis, CA
Acupuncture in Davis, CA.

- John C Frink, Licensed Acupuncturist
currently practicing in Davis, CA
Acupuncture in Davis, CA.