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Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers


Also termed:
         canker sores, or medically:
         aphthous stomatitis.

Painful ulcers in the mucous membrane lining of the mouth and tongue.


It is generally considered to be an immune reaction, brought on by a virus, or mechanical trauma such as biting the cheek, or catching the cheek in a dental appliance etc. It is also considered to be related to food sensitivity and nutrient deficiency. .

Canker sores may be an indicator of endogenous nitrosation. High nitrite intake with frequent canker sores correlated with the development of esophageal cancer.

Signs & Symptoms

Painful, lasting a few days. If the ulceration lingers for a month a more serious condition (including cancer) may need to be ruled out. They may also recur.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function:
        Immune System Support &
        Amino Acids

General Supplements

Folic acid 400 mcg
Lactobacillus acidophilus*
Vitamin B complex*
Vitamin C500-1000 mg
Zinc15-25 mg

* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.


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

A diet eliminating allergens is one approach. Sensitivity to gluten is often present, hence the diet should eliminate grains.

Deficiencies have been found for the following nutrients: iron, folate or vitamin B12.

Zinc supplementation, together with any other deficient nutrients, is effective in some patients.

Homeopathic Remedy

Aconitum Napellus tinct.
Arnica montana tinct.
Arsenicum Album (burning)
Chamomilla tinct.
Mercurius Vivus

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

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Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Herbal Approaches



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.


Herbal Mouthwashes may relive the pain e.g. Thymol (from Thyme).


Das, SK et al., Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice in apthous ulcers. J Assn of Phys of India (JAPI). 1989, 37:647.

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

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Geranium Essence,Peppermint Essence,
Tea Tree Essence.

Related Health Conditions

High rates of recurrence are experienced in patients with celiac disease.



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