Article by Angela Haldane
Q. For the last 6 months I have been getting mouth ulcers recurrently. How can I get over this?
A. Often mouth ulcers occur when you are run down. A vitamin B deficiency has been associated with mouth ulcers. Vitamin B deficiency often results from stress.
There are some traditional herbal astringent tonics which are very effective as a mouthwash for healing mouth ulcers. Seek advice from a medical herbalist/ naturopath for this. They will also be able to advise you with your diet and nutritional aspects to help heal mucous membranes and improve your resilience.
Salt water gargles as a kitchen cupboard remedy can be useful in the early stages.
If you have white plaques on your oral mucosa, you may also have oral thrush which can be treated with a probiotic powder in which you mix into a paste and hold in your mouth for as long as possible. This will reinstate the friendly bacteria that normally exists in your digestive tract.
Mouth ulcers can occur following ingestion of a food which you are sensitive to. Given that you get mouth ulcers regularly, if the previous treatments do not help, I would then recommend an allergy test to identify food intolerances. We do this at the clinic – read more under the About section on this website.
Soft nutritious foods such as soups and smoothies are great for providing antioxidants rich in vitamins and minerals… with out causing any pain to you ulcers.