Oral Lichen Planus
An inflammatory condition of the skin, lichen planus can also affect the mouth (oral lichen planus) and the genital region. The condition may occur on its own or in combination with lichen planus of the skin or genitals. Affecting around 1 to 2 % of the population, oral lichen planus predominantly occurs in adults older than 40 years, although younger adults and children can be affected, with the female-to-male ratio being 1.4:1. Oral lichen planus is not an infection and it is not contagious, and in many cases the condition can go away spontaneously. In most patients oral lichen planus is not serious. However, an important although uncommon, feature of oral lichen planus is a predisposition to cancerous change (about a 0.5-2% risk over a period of five years in long-term lichen planus).
The symptoms of oral lichen planus may include a burning or stinging discomfort in the mouth when eating or drinking. This can be caused by spicy foods, citrus foods and alcohol.
Your gums may also be affected, becoming tender and making tooth-brushing uncomfortable. Ulcers (often called erosions) may occur and these are especially painful.
It is worth noting, however, that mild cases of the condition are symptom-free.
The cause of oral lichen planus is unknown in most instances, but it is believed to be connected to the body’s immune system. It can also, very occasionally, be caused by gold therapy and mercury in dental fillings.
Here’s a list of foods you may want to avoid if you’re suffering from oral lichen planus:
Crispy foods – As noted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), crispy foods like toast, crusty breads, chips, crackers and pretzels can aggravate the symptoms of oral lichen planus. Try softening crispy cereals with milk and avoid all other crunchy foods, where possible.
Drinks with caffeine – You may want to restrict your intake of coffee, black or green tea and carbonated soft drinks like cola, as the AAD suggests that these drinks may aggravate the condition. You may also be extra sensitive to hot drinks, so be sure to give them time to cool down before drinking.
Hot foods – Common culprits include hot, deep-fried mushrooms or cheese, as well as hot, melted cheese and sauce on pizza.
Spicy foods – According to the Mayo Clinic, spicy, acidic and citrus foods and drinks may aggravate the condition. Avoid eating foods made with chili peppers, large amounts of ginger or garlic, or other spicy dishes like curry. Tomatoes can also cause a problem, as can lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits.
Alcohol – The Mayo Clinic advises against drinking alcoholic beverages, due to the slightly elevated risk of developing oral cancer. If you do choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Terry of terrytalksnutrition.com recommends adding curcumin to your daily regimen. He says curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works, via multiple pathways, to benefit overall health.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Not only do probiotics have various health benefits for your immune system and entire body, but they can also stop bad breath (halitosis). Extensive research has been done to look into the role of various probiotic strains; so far, positive results have been found.
On top of this, here’s a list of supplements which are beneficial for overall dental health:
- Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids promotes healing, especially of bleeding gums.
- Vitamins A and E are needed for healing gum tissue.
- Grape Seed Extract is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
- Zinc plus copper enhances immune function.
- Echinacea keeps inflammation down and enhances immune function.
You may also wish to take the following supplements to promote general wellbeing.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress hNC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
Diet and oral lichen planus www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf3buYZVWrI
Oral lichen planus homeopathic treatment www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ1ri1Y63_o
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
All Natural Dental Remedies: Herbs and Home Remedies to Heal Your Teeth & Naturally Restore Tooth Enamel [Paperback] by Angela Kaelin
Ayurvedic treatment for orasl lichen planus ezinearticles.com/?Lichen-Planus—Ayurvedic-Herbal-Treatment&id=1243885
Improve oral health with ayurveda ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Improve-Your-Oral-Health-With-Simple-Ayurvedic-Technique&id=1975247
Acupuncture for oral health www.intmedsolutions.com/blog/acupuncture-for-oral-health-plus-white-tea-and-stevia/
Homeopathic remedies for oral lichen planus www.ehow.co.uk/way_5525095_homeopathic-remedies-oral-lichen-planus.html
Aromatherapy and lichen planus www.livestrong.com/article/322049-aromatherapy-lichen-planus
Foods and drinks to avoid with oral lichen planus www.livestrong.com/article/94237-foods-drinks-avoid-oral
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
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Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.