Natural treatments for canker sores
The cause of canker sores is uncertain, however associations with human herpesvirus 6, stress, food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies have been suggested. Canker sores generally take 1 to 2 weeks to heal and may recur monthly or several times per year.
Over 50% of our population gets canker sores. 1/4 of our population has this virus but never gets any symptoms. This virus remains in the body even after an acute outbreak is over. Once the virus enters the body, it never leaves. This virus hides in nerve cells where the immune system's protective cells are unable to get to them. New canker sores outbreaks can be triggered by stress, other viral infections, exposure to excessive sun or wind, or anything else which depresses your immune system.
Canker sores are a symptom of a weakened immune system. Exhaustion and stress (see the transcendental meditation page) seem to play a major role in allowing the virus to manifeste itself.
Natural treatments for canker sores
Eat a mineral-rich diet. Focus on foods which will make your body more alkaline, which usually means green vegetables. Green vegetables are also the best source of minerals.
The following supplements should be taken:
If you get canker sores, you can use some herbs to strengthen your immune system either just before and when an outbreak starts. Echinacea, Chaparral and Goldenseal are good immune system supporters. Cayenne pepper can relieve some of the discomfort and Aloe Vera appears to be effective in combating the herpes virus.
also get relief by rinsing your mouth with milk of magnesia to coat the
Identify and eliminate food sensitivities to eliminate canker sores.
Studies (11-13) have found that food sensitivities, especially to foods which contain gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats) are associated with recurring canker sores. Other food sensitivities or allergies may also make canker sores worse.(14,15)
One preliminary trial found evidence of food allergy in half of a group of people with recurrent canker sores; avoidance of the offending foods resulted in improvement in almost all cases.(16)
There are also herbs which will help relieve canker sores. Flora Stay, in her book "Complete Book of Dental Remedies" suggests a combination of Red Clover, Goldenseal and Burdock Root. Take equal amounts of each and boil for 5 minutes, steep another 10. Then take cotton swabs, dip them into the mixture and apply directly to the effected area.
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