Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers are defects in the surface of the mucous membrane lining of the mouth which have a painful white base. They usually occur along the inside of the cheek or the edge of the tongue. They can last 4 to 5 days and often recur every month or so. Ulcers which do not heal and last longer than 3 weeks should be checked out by your dentist.

In most cases there is no identifiable cause for ulcers and they may be caused by a vitamin deficiency or weak immune system.

Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage
Multivitamin & mineral complex To help redress any deficiencies caused by poor diet. as directed
Vitamin A Vitamin A is essential for the integrity of the lining and protective mucous secretions of the mouth. 30,000iu daily
Vitamin B complex Needed for general skin and nerve health. as directed
Vitamin C & zinc Helps inflamed mucous membranes to heal. in lozenge form, as directed
Vitamin E Enhances the immune system and speeds the healing process. 500iu daily

 

Propolis Supports the immune system and is useful as an antiseptic. as lozenges or a supplement
Echinacea Dilute and use as a mouthwash, then swallow. tincture, as directed

 

Diet and Lifestyle Factors

 

Mouth ulcers are often caused by stress, so make sure that you get plenty of B vitamins in your diet.

Best food sources
meat poultry wheatgerm
brewer’s yeast leafy green vegetables wholegrain cereals
wholemeal bread

Avoid foods which might damage the membranes of the mouth such as crisps, salted nuts, vinegar, pickles, chilli and any highly spiced food.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Arsen Alb
  • Calc Carb
  • Hepar Sulph
  • Merc Sol
  • Nat Mur
  • Nux Vom
  • Sulphur

 

 

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