As dreadful as it sounds, ‘Burning Mouth Syndrome’ (BMS) is an oral disorder that is hard to completely cure! People suffering from this condition know exactly what I am talking about. Here are some natural remedies you can try to douse the flame!
As the name suggests, ‘Burning Mouth Syndrome’- (BMS) or (glossodynia, orodynia, stomatodynia) is a painful condition that affects the mouth with no discernible change in the appearance of the tongue. This condition is characterized by a burning feeling or irritation in or around the oral cavity affecting the gums, insides and roof of the mouth and sometimes even the lips. The pain can be so disturbing, that it even hurts while eating or speaking. And it’s not just the pain that bothers you, but its the other symptoms – like dry mouth or a metallic taste can leave you feeling miserable.
There can be many causes to this condition like deficiency of B complex vitamins, oral yeast infection, or in older people it could also be due to ill-fitting dentures. It can be exacerbated by hot and spicy foods, although they may not be the cause of it.
Treatment of BMS can extend from diet changes to medical support. However, simple natural therapies could also help in alleviating pain in a major way. If you happen to be a victim of BMS, try the following natural remedies:
- Lavender oil: It gives a calming effect and much-needed relief from pain. Lavender oil has antiseptic properties and can help to reduce inflammation and relax the senses. By simple application of lavender oil on the tongue and leaving it overnight can help to reduce the burning sensations to a greater extent.
- Honey: You may already know that honey has a lot of medicinal value. It is known for its therapeutic characteristics in numerous medical conditions, BMS being among them. Honey helps in fighting various skin related problems due to its antiseptic nature. People who suffer from slits on the tongue due to BMS, should apply honey on the affected area and leave it for at least half a minute or so before swallowing. Another effective treatment would be to apply a mixture by adding a pinch of turmeric (a natural antiseptic) in a teaspoon of honey on the affected area.
- Baking Soda: Apart from acting as a leaving agent, baking soda also happens to be an effective antiseptic agent as it helps against yeast infection in the mouth. As BMS can also become unbearable for people who are highly acidic, baking soda is an effective neutralizer to help neutralize the environment in the oral cavity by balancing the Ph levels. Try brushing twice a day with baking soda or using it as a mouthwash by taking a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water.
- Vitamin B complex rich foods: One of the main causes of BMS is due to vitamin B complex deficiency. In fact, in cases of vitamin B12 deficiency, one of the symptoms is burning sensations in the mouth. By taking vitamin B rich foods such as whole grain cereals and bread, eggs, fish, nuts, etc, vitamin B deficiency can be restored. Also, Vitamin B supplements can be taken for an additional boost.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): Among others, one of the best natural remedies considered for BMS happens to be Alpha Lipoic Acid or simply ALA! Since it is a powerful antioxidant, as demonstrated by a study in the Journal of Oral pathology and Medicine, it’s a proven way to get relief from BMS and protect the body from harmful free radicals. It also helps in recovery of nerve cell function, preventing them from further damage.
Apart from the above, topical application of a chemical compound called ‘Capsaicin’ (generally found in chili peppers) can help as it has a desensitizing or numbing effect on the affected area, giving you some relief from the excruciating pain. Some other pain-alleviating tips include sucking on ice chips and drinking plenty of water – this can help in keeping the mouth hydrated and provide considerable relief from pain.