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Bad Breath

Bad Breath


Halitosis (bad breath) is a foul odor from the mouth. It can occur in anyone and is commonly due to the ingestion of odorous substances or to an internal metabolic disorder. The latter case may involve the exhalation of volatile metabolites.

Treatment includes avoiding odor-causing foods and good oral hygiene. If a metabolic disorder is the cause, bad breath will persist until the underlying condition is treated.


Hepatic fetorNecrosis of the jaw
CatarrhDental caries
Poor oral hygieneTonsillitis
Improper dietDiphtheria
Odorous foodsUse of drugs and/or ethanol
BronchiotosisGangrene and abscess of the lungs
PyothoraxBreathing through the mouth
Lack of exerciseFetid bronchitis
SmokingDiabetes mellitus
ConstipationKidney diseases such as uremia

Signs & Symptoms

Halitosis (bad breath) itself may be a symptom of an underlying disorder.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Intestinal Health

General Supplements

Acidophilus 2 - 3 tsp 1 - 2 tsp
Charcoal 2 capsules 2 capsules
Fiber 10 - 20 g 5 - 10 g
Magnesium 400 - 600 mg 200 - 400 mg
Pancreatin 5 NF 5 NF
Vitamin C1,000 - 2,000 mg 500 - 1,000 mg

Note 1:

Of course, the form of charcoal used is: Activated charcoal.

Other sources of chlorophyll have become increasingly popular, notably: wheat grass juice.

Note 2: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Halitosis is frequently a symptom of the presence of an underlying disease and thus the primary illness should be identified in order to devise an effective treatment plan and to prescribe appropriate nutritional guidelines. If no underlying disease is discovered, two general practices can be followed to eliminate or minimize bad breath: proper oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing of teeth; and the elimination of noxious foods such as onion and garlic from a Dietary Goals Diet.

Homeopathic Remedy

1.* Kali phosphoricum12X to 15C
2.* Arnica montana tinct.15C - 30C
3. Kreosote30C
4. Spigelia15C
5.* Nitricum acidum6C - 15C

Advanced, by symptom:

1. Kali phosphoricumdry mouth, with gum bleeding,
bitter taste in the mouth on waking.
2. Kreosoteputrid odor with bitter taste.
3. Mercurius Vivusbleeding gums and metallic taste in mouth.
4. Natrum Muriaticumgingivitis with ulceration.

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.

Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Herbal Approaches


Parsley plant

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Lavender Essence,Tea Tree Essence,
Violet Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Diabetes mellitusDiphtheria
Fetid bronchitisPyothorax



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