A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
Mouth ulcers are often seen as white, gray, or yellow spots on the inside of the mouth, these ulcers can occur singly or in clusters inside the mouth or oral cavity. Mouth ulcers tend to be extremely painful and are often inflamed, and can be identified by the red border forming around the affected patch of skin. Mouth ulcers have many known causes and can sometimes be due to physical injury, such as biting the skin on the inside of the mouth. Physical cuts from being scraped by ill-fitting sharp braces or dentures, for example are the other main causes of mouth ulcers. Other causative factors for mouth ulcers can be symptomatic displays of an undetected digestive disorder in the patient. Mouth ulcers can also be caused by a physical response to mental condition such as extreme stress, on the other hand a virus or other pathogen can also induce ulcer formation in the oral cavity. If any ulcer in the mouth fails to heal by itself within three or four weeks from the initial date of development, than the patient must have it examined by his or her dentist or by a qualified doctor at once.
Supplements and herbs
Patients affected by mouth ulcers must take daily capsule or tablet supplements of the nutritional substances such as the vitamin A at dosage strength of 750 micrograms, the vitamin E at dosage strength of 250 milligrams, and the vitamin B2 at 10 milligrams strength. Ulcers can also be healed or treated using direct applications of the oil of vitamin E, this oil can be simply squeezed from a pierced or broken capsule-easily available at all major chemist stores.
Herbs can also help in treating ulcers, and the myrrh is an effective herbal antimicrobial agent which can be used to treat ulcers in the mouth. This herbal remedy is recommended for specific use against mouth ulcers. The herbal remedy can be prepared by mixing four fifths of a teaspoon of the herbal tincture to a cup of warm water; this solution can then be used as a mouthwash to rinse the mouth thrice every day. The herbal tincture can also be used in an undiluted form for severe mouth ulcers as an effective mouthwash. Used without adding water, the tincture may sting a little, but is much more effective and longer lasting. Mouth ulcers that have come about as a result of physical injury can be treated by rubbing a little aloe vera gel on the ulcer directly as a topical treatment.
Drinking orange juice is useful to prevent development of canker sores (a type of ulcer) of the mouth. If you continue drinking orange juice for two to three days at a stretch, the problem will disappear on its own. Canker sores are caused due to vitamin C deficit. If you do not like drinking orange juice, you may just take vitamin C tablets as an alternative.
You may also blend honey with coconut milk and massage your gums with it thrice daily to treat mouth ulcers. Another wonderful remedy for mouth ulcers is applying a mix of one teaspoon of delicately powdered bark of the root of Indian gooseberry and honey. This blend should be applied to the ulcer quite frequently. You may also shred some amount of fresh coconut, extract its milk and use it in the form of a gargle thrice or four times every day.
In addition, you may boil one cup of fenugreek leaves in two cups (500 ml) of water and cover it for sometime after removing from heat. Strain the liquid and use it as a gargle twice or thrice every day. This is said to be an extremely effective home remedy for ulcers of the mouth.
Alternately, boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in one cup (250 ml) of water and remove it from the heat. When the liquid is warm to some extent, use it as a gargle for three to four times daily. You may also find chewing five to six fresh ‘tulsi’ leaves (leaves of holy basil) and drinking a little water afterward beneficial. Do this for three or four times daily.
Consumption of raw tomatoes is useful in getting rid of mouth ulcers. In addition, using fresh tomato juice as a gargle three to four times daily is also helpful in curing mouth ulcers. You may also prepare a blend using seven parts of ‘mishri’ (sweet candy) with one part camphor and apply it to the mouth ulcers. A blend prepared with one teaspoon of glycerin and a dash of turmeric is also an effective home remedy for mouth ulcers. Apply this frequently.
Use a tea prepared with sage to wash your mouth, particularly the areas affected, thrice daily. It is so effective that you will notice the benefits in just 24 hours.
Myrrh is definitely the most preferred essential oil used in aromatherapy for mouth ulcers. This essential oil is astringent as well as healing, but also possesses anti-fungal attributes. This essential oil is preferred because some mouth ulcers may be caused due to fungal infections, for instance, Candida albicans. This essential oil works best when used in the form of a tincture. You may prepare this home remedy by yourself in little quantities by dissolving myrrh essential oil in alcohol; for instance, use just five drops in one teaspoon (5 ml) of any spirit like brandy or vodka. Apply this blend neat to the mouth ulcers, or use half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of the essential oil in some water and use the mixture in the form of a mouth wash. If you wish, you may also add one drop of fennel oil to make if flavourful.
Even applying peppermint oil, which works in the form of an anesthetic agent, to the affect areas, is useful.
The following homeopathic remedies given here can be take in doses about once every two hours on the first day when the ulcers appear, and thrice a every day for two to three days as the ulcer heals. The treatment of ulcers which form on the edges of the tongue, and which are characterized by a burning pain can be done using Arsenicum album at a potency of 6c. For mouth ulcers that are yellowish and indented, with a firm and thick texture along with the presence of a stinging pain can be treated using Kali bichromicum at a potency of 6c. At the same time, the mouth ulcers that tend to form along the palate or the tongue, which are yellowish and feel spongy, and come along with gums which bleed easily can be treated using the homeopathic remedy Mercurius solubilis at a potency of 30c used every day.
Additional things you may do
The dietary regimen that most naturopaths will recommend for a patient afflicted by mouth ulcers includes a purifying diet, full of all kinds of fruit juices, different fruits, and lots of vegetables for a period of two days from the initial appearance of the ulcer. This diet must also be combined with the consumption of a whole-grain diet which includes the consumption of plenty of raw and well cooked vegetables. At the same time, people whose mouths are too sore to eat the rough food, can drink juices or liquefy the vegetables as a stew or broth. While following the diet all patients must make sure that they stay away from foods which may cause allergies or other reactions.
If you are suffering from mouth ulcers, it is advisable that you consume lots of salads having raw onion, which contains sulfur and possesses great healing properties. Also, include plenty of yogurt as well as additional sour products like buttermilk and cottage cheese in your diet.
You may also rinse your mouth with a solution prepared by adding 2 oz of water, 2 oz of hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon of salt and baking soda each. Be careful not to swallow this mixture, which is known to be a very useful home remedy for canker sores. Alternately, you may also rinse the mouth using milk of magnesia to cover the ulcers. In addition, use a wet tea bag to coat the sores. Tannins contained in tea will aid in drying up the ulcer.
For effectual treatment of mouth ulcers you should apply a solution prepared by adding one part of hydrogen peroxide and water each to the sore using a cotton swab. This is considered to be among the most helpful home remedies for canker sores.
Using a mixture prepared with powdered sodium bicarbonate and water is also a very useful first aid remedy for mouth ulcers. You may use this solution to rinse your mouth as well as swallow it to make your body further alkaline. In fact, this mixture is a vital home remedy for this condition.
Additionally, instead of using normal toothpastes that have elevated levels of fluoride as well as different other chemicals, you may use one that contains sodium bicarbonate. Even taking antacids are helpful for relieving mouth ulcers, as they lessen the amount of acidity inside your mouth, which may aggravate the canker sores.
You may also prepare a mixture by blending milk of magnesia or Kaopectate (both are antacids) with Benadryl or Benylin (both are gentle anesthetics) and use a cotton swab to apply it to the ulcers. This will help you to reduce the acidity in the mouth and also deaden the soreness. Using gentle mouth washes like a saline solution or non-prescription mouth washes may help in providing relief from the symptoms associated with canker sores.
You should also try practicing acupressure exercises to relieve stress and also try to stay away from being under continuous strain. Make some time for exercise as well as relax and sleep.
If you are suffering from canker sores you need to stay away from consuming or using specific foods. For instance, you ought to avoid eating any fish or meat for about two weeks. You should know that animal proteins not only augment the acidity of the body, but also slows down the healing process. In addition, you should be careful not to use lozenges, chewing gums, coffee, mouthwashes, tobacco and any other substance that may aggravate mouth ulcers.
Excessive acids from vegetables and fruits as well as spicy foods also have the aptitude to activate canker sores. Consuming acidic or hot foods will result in discomfort; therefore, it is best that you avoid them. It is essential to sustain an appropriate equilibrium of acidity, alkalinity as well as minerals in the body to avoid developing ulcers of the mouth.
Also avoid using toothbrushes that have hard bristles or any foods that have sharp edges, for instance, dry bread crusts or potato chips. Moreover, if you want to heal the mouth ulcer, never use a toothbrush for more than a month.
Ensure that you maintain a regular bowel, as this will help in avoiding accumulation of toxic substances in the body. Undertaking regular walks in the fresh air will not only provide the much-needed oxygen to your body, but also encourage bowel movement.
It is also advisable that people suffering from mouth ulcers should ensure that they have a glass of cold and hot water each at hand. Gargling with the hot and cold water alternately will help to get relief from the problems associated with mouth ulcers.
You may also use a mixture of warm vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon of salt as a gargle for approximately 30 seconds thrice every day. While this gargle may hurt tremendously, it is very effective and will heal the canker sore in just about two days. This is also considered to be one of the most effective home remedies for canker sores.
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