• Aphthous Stomatitis
• ]]>Acidophilus]]>, ]]>Calendula]]>, ]]>Caraway]]>, ]]>Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)]]>, Lactic Acid, ]]>Oak Bark]]>, Rhizophora mangle (Red Mangrove) , ]]>Slippery Elm]]>, ]]> Vitamin B 1]]>, ]]>Witch Hazel]]>
Canker sores are small ulcers in the mouth caused by an assortment of viruses. A susceptibility to canker sores tends to run in families. No successful conventional treatment is available.
Proposed Natural Treatments for Canker Sores
A highly preliminary study suggests that a chemically altered form of the herb licorice known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice]]> (DGL) may be useful for speeding the resolution of canker sores. ]]>1]]> And, in a second, better designed trial employing a dissolving adhesive patch with glycyrrhiza root extract, researchers noted an improvement in ulcer size and pain compared to the use of a placebo patch. ]]>8]]>
A product containing vitamins and minerals as well as the herbs paprika, ]]>rosemary]]> , ]]>peppermint]]> , milfoil, ]]>hawthorn]]> , and ]]>pumpkin seed]]> has been used in Scandinavia for many years as a treatment for various mouth-related conditions. A small 6-month study reported that use of this product could reduce frequency of canker sores. ]]>2]]> However, two subsequent studies failed to find any meaningful benefit. ]]>3-4]]>
One small double-blind study found benefits with an extract of the bark of the red mangrove tree, Rhizophora mangle . ]]>5]]>
A study performed in Iraq reported benefits through use of a mouthwash containing 5% lactic acid. ]]>7]]>
Other herbs and supplements sometimes recommended for canker sores but lacking supporting evidence include ]]>caraway]]> , ]]>oak bark]]> , ]]>witch hazel]]> , ]]>acidophilus]]> , ]]>calendula]]> , ]]>slippery elm]]> , and ]]> vitamin B 1]]> .
One study failed to find that alpha-linolenic acid from perilla oil reduced incidence of canker sores. ]]>6]]>
6. Hamazaki K, Itomura M, Hamazaki T et al. Effects of cooking plant oils on recurrent aphthous stomatitis: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. Nutrition. 2006 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print]
8. Martin MD, Sherman J, van der Ven P, et al. A controlled trial of a dissolving oral patch concerning glycyrrhiza (licorice) herbal extract for the treatment of aphthous ulcers. Gen Dent. 2008;56:206-210;quiz 211-212, 224.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board]]>
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