Mouth ulcers are typically thought of as a minor issue, but for those who have them, they can become chronic, linger for months or even years, and have an impact on their mood and quality of life. We all experience this issue at some point in our lives. Mouth ulcers are known as Mukhapaka in Ayurveda. Even though they may just appear as a blister or ulcer in the mouth, persistent mouth ulcers can occasionally be an indication of serious underlying conditions such as stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic deficiencies, or even cancer. Let us learn about some Ayurvedic home remedies for mouth ulcers and an Ayurvedic overview of them.
So what are mouth ulcers?
As you are aware, an ulcer is a break in the skin or mucosa; this includes mouth ulcers. Lips, cheeks, gums, the roof or the floor of the mouth can all be affected. When minor, they are also known as mouth sores and are accompanied by some redness and discomfort, particularly when eating. Blisters, bleeding, burning, and difficulties speaking or eating can all occur depending on the location and intensity.
There are various mouth ulcer varieties. The most typical ones are canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers (small, painful, oval-shaped ulcers), and cold sores.
Causes of mouth ulcers
Mouth ulcers are the outcome of an unbalanced Pitta, which is something that Pitta body types are prone to. Pitta is easily triggered by the summer, hot and spicy meals, and stress. Usually, they are caused by long-term intestinal issues. In addition to various Pitta imbalances in the gut, such as gastric or duodenal ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, infections, etc., chronic mouth ulcers frequently occur. Persistent mouth ulcers are regarded by Ayurveda as the body’s way of expressing chronic Pitta imbalance or low immunity. The majority of causes of mouth ulcers, including anaemia, vitamin deficiencies, particularly in the B complex, folate insufficiency, gum infections, poor oral hygiene, oral thrush, smoking, celiac disease, and oral cancer, fall into one of these two categories.
Ayurvedic care for mouth ulcers
In Ayurveda, treating the underlying causes of mouth ulcers is recommended. An initial consultation with a specialist will aid in identifying the underlying issues and suggest a strategy tailored to your needs. To enhance absorption and digestion, diet changes are required. Taking less alcohol, hot and spicy food, garlic, chillies, etc., can be beneficial. You should eat when you are hungry. Stress reduction and immune enhancement are possible with lifestyle changes. Certain herbs, such as turmeric, neem, and various herbal blends, can assist to treat not only ulcers but the entire digestive system. Depending on your conditions, other herbs could also be advised. By performing a thorough Panchakarma cleanse, you may occasionally be able to heal your body from the inside out.
Home remedies for mouth ulcers
- Increase daily water intake to 2 to 3 litres. In addition to ordinary water, you can also drink refreshing coconut water.
- Apply a paste to the ulcers by mixing equal parts honey and coconut oil. Coconut is cooling and pitta-pacifying, whereas honey is cooling and great at curing obstinate ulcers.
- Jasmine (chameli) leaves should be chewed until they resemble a paste. Hold this paste against the sores in your mouth. Jasmine has been used for centuries to treat mouth ulcers and to calm the pitta.
- Pitta imbalances in the body are frequently aggravated by constipation. Try the Birla Ayurveda’s Avipati Choornam or Trivrit Lehyam every day for effective bowel cleansing.
We hope that these Ayurvedic home remedies for mouth ulcers by Birla Ayurveda help you to alleviate your problem and benefit you in some way.