My theory on Acupuncture and Dr Kwon's Prescription:

Western Theory of Acupuncture as it relates to Tongue Chewing.
One of the most popular theories is the "Gate Control" Theory. According to this theory, the perception of pain is
controlled by a part of the nervous system which regulates the impulse, which will later be interpreted as pain.
This part of the nervous system is called the "Gate." If the gate is hit with too many impulses, it becomes
overwhelmed, and it closes. This prevents some of the impulses from getting through. The first gates to close
would be the ones that are the smallest. The nerve fibers that carry the impulses of pain are rather small nerve
fibers called "C" fibers. These are the gates that close during Acupuncture.

In the related "Motor Gate" Theory, some forms of paralysis can be overcome by Acupuncture. This is done by
reopening a "stuck" gate, which is connected to an Anterior Horn cell. The gate, when closed by a disease, stops
motor impulses from reaching muscles. This theory was first stated by Professor Jayasuriya in 1977. In it he goes
on to say:

Acupuncture has been shown to over come pain and paralysis. This is done by opening a "stuck" gate, which is
connected to an Anterior Horn cells.

One of the factors contributing to motor control is almost certainly the activation of spindle cells. They are
stimulated by Gamma motor neurons. If Acupuncture stimulates the Gamma motor neurons, the discharge causes
the contraction of Intrafusal Muscle fibers. This activates the Spindle cells, in the same way as muscle stretching.

The gate, when closed, stops motor impulses from reaching muscles. So let's say that the gate is stuck open and
hyper sensitive or to close to its firing threshold. Acupuncture works by creating a counter stimulation and or
inhibitory inter-neuron block.

Although researchers still don't fully understand how acupuncture works, "our findings may connect the dots,
showing how a common pathway in the brain could make acupuncture helpful for a variety of conditions," says
radiologist Bruce Rosen of Harvard Medical School. He'll release the findings at the American Psychosomatic
Society meeting in Orlando.

Rosen's team used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRIs, on about 20 healthy volunteers before,
during and after acupuncture. This type of brain scan shows changes in blood flow and the amount of oxygen in

Researchers applied acupuncture needles to points on the hand linked to pain relief in traditional Chinese
medicine. Blood flow decreased in certain areas of the brain within seconds of volunteers reporting a heaviness in
their hands, a sign the acupuncture is working correctly, Rosen says. The needle technique is not supposed to
hurt if done correctly. When a few subjects reported pain, their scans showed an increase of blood to the same
brain areas.

"When there's less blood, the brain isn't working as hard, " Rosen says. "In effect, acupuncture is quieting down
key regions of the brain."

The specific brain areas affected are involved in mood, pain and cravings, Rosen says. This could help explain
why some studies have found acupuncture helpful in treating depression, eating problems, addictions and pain.

The brain regions involved also are loaded with dopamine, a "reward" chemical that surges in reaction to
everything from cocaine to food, beautiful faces and money. The reduced blood flow could lead to dopamine
changes that trigger a "cascade" effect, releasing endorphins, the brain's natural pain-relieving and comforting

Whether Acupuncture works stimulating nerve fibers or changes in blood flow and oxygen to the brain
the impulse to chew is blocked.

Dr. Kwon's:  Acupuncture Prescription for Tongue Chewing Symptoms:

The Main Objectives of Acupuncture in Tongue Chewing Treatment are:

1.Strengthen the immune system

Balance,Harmonize and integrate functions of the organs with each other,
making for a unified,healthy person, rather than a collection of fragmented,
dishamonious parts.

2.Control the 12th Cranial Nerve and the 9th Cranial Nerve.

3.Balance the autonomic Nerve system

Heart meridian's point ;HT 5
Functions ;Calms the spirit
           Regulates heart rhythm
           Benefits the tongue
           Activates the channel.
Chinese Name Tong Li
English Name Connecting Li

Location: 1 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, on the HT 3 - HT 7 line.

Point Associations:
Luo Connecting Point

Actions & Effects:
Speech a/or vocal disorders - aphasia (post-stroke), stiff tongue, stuttering.
Spirit disorders and related physical manifestations, anxiety w/palpitations, arrhythmia, nervousness, depression -
although the point is generally not used for emotional disorders involving sleep such as insomnia, HT 7 is used
more often for these manifestations.
Excessive bleeding w/ menstruation from heat in the Blood.
Heat effecting the SI and leading to urinary symptoms - incontinence, enuresis.

Heart meridian's point; HT 7
            Calms the spirit
            Regulates and tonifies the Heart
Chinese Name Shen Men
English Name Spirit Gate

Location: At the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, between the ulna and the
pisiform bones.

Point Associations:
Yuan Source Point
Shu Stream Point
Earth Point

Actions & Effects:
Tonify deficiencies of the HT Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang.
Emotional issues, especially those with related sleep or thinking manifestations - insomnia, muddled thinking.
Heart and Phlegm fire leading to insomnia, anxiety, mania.
Physical responses to emotional stimuli - anxiety w/palpitations, nausea w/panic a/or fear.
Heart palpitations from any etiology as well as irregular heart beat, pounding heart, angina.

The Governing Vessel's point; GV15
             Benefits the tongue and treats muteness
             Benefits the neck and spine
Chinese Name Ya Men
English Name Mute's Gate

Location: .5 cun above the midpoint of the PHL in a depression below the spinous process of C1.

Precautions: No Moxa, No Deep Needle.

Point Associations:
Window of the Sky Point
Sea of Qi Point (with CV 17, ST 9, GV 14)
Intersecting point of the Governing Vessel & Yang Wei Vessels

Actions & Effects:
Opens the orifices refers to the mouth, throat and tongue, for throat swelling, hoarseness, post-stroke speech
disorders, important point for muteness due to tongue stiffness or vocal cord disorders.
Occipital headaches, especially with neck stiffness, upper cervical pain and restricted neck rotation, GV 15 lies
over the space between C1 and C2, and can help release the suboccipital musculature which compresses the
atlanto-occipital joint.

The Gall Bladder channel's point; GB 20
            Clears the sense Organs
            Activates the channel
            Eliminates wind
Chinese Name Feng Chi
English Name Wind Pool

Location: In a depression between the upper portion of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and the trapezius, level
with GV 16

Point Associations:
Intersection Point of the GB, TH, Yang Qiao & Yang Wei Meridians

Actions & Effects:
Dispel Exterior or Interior Wind - (exterior) - fever/chills, stiff neck; (internal) - paralysis, twitching, tremors,
numbness, dizziness, vertigo.
All issues of the head, brain (seizures, memory, mental/neurological disorders), face, throat and sense organs
(eyes, ears, nose, tongue).
Headache, especially occipital.
Eye issues.
Issues of the neck, shoulders a/or upper back - pain, weakness, stiffness.
Hypertension, especially with LV Yang Rising.

The Extraordinary points ;Shanglianquan
            Benefits the tongue
           Activates the channel
Pinyin Name & English Translation
Upper Spring of Integrity

1 cun below the midpoint of the lower jaw, in the depression between the hyoid bone and the lower border of the

Alalia (loss of speech due to paralysis of vocal cords), salivation with stiff tongue, sore throat, difficulty in
swallowing, loss of voice.

The Shanglianquan is located in the depression just under the jaw.
Stimulation method

The Conception vessel's point ; Lianquan.
           Benefits the tongue
Pinyin Name & English Translation
Lianquan, Corner (Ridge) Spring

Above the Adam's apple, in the depression of the upper border of the hyoid bone.

Swelling and pain of the subglossal region, salivation with glossoplegia, aphasia with stiffness of tongue by
apoplexy, sudden hoarseness of the voice, difficulty swallowing.

Traditional Action
Dispels interior wind, promotes speech, clears fire, resolves phlegm, subdues rebellious Qi.

TMJ Point
GV 16