Evidence-based natural alternatives to drugs for canker sores abound!
Canker sores (apthous mouth ulcers) afflict approximately 20% of the population, and are cause for great annoyance. Always painful and sometimes an eye sore, they are the most common type of mouth ulcer, with women being more affected than men for unknown reason.
While they are almost invariably self-limiting, with complete scar-free healing taking approximately seven to ten days, many opt for conventional treatments which include antiseptics (chlorhexidine), antiinflammatory drugs (amlexanox), antibiotics (tetracyclines) and corticosteroids (triamcinolone acetonide), all of which carry unpleasant side effects.
For those looking for natural alternatives a recent study published in the journal Quintessence International, titled “Efficacy of honey in comparison to topical corticosteroid for treatment of recurrent minor aphthous ulceration: A randomized, blind, controlled, parallel, double-center clinical trial,” found that honey was as effective as topical steroid treatment for accelerating the resolution of symptoms.
But there are other effective natural alternatives, such as:
So there you have it. Rather than looking at canker sores as ‘idiopathic,’ i.e. “we just don’t know what causes it,” you can take back control of your health by incorporating very simple dietary and nutritional changes. By employing safe, evidence-based natural interventions, and avoiding gluten and dairy — a change that has many unintended, beneficial ‘side effects’ — you may find your symptoms resolving faster than you expected.
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