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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Aloe Vera and Oral Lichen Planus

I came across an news article reporting on some research results which contributes Aloe Vera as being a soothing help to mouth ulcers and Oral Lichen Planus.

Some quotes from the article:

"Aloe vera is an effective treatment for a skin disorder and could be used to treat mouth ulcers, researchers say.

Gels containing extracts from the plant were found to ease the burning, stinging pain and ulcers associated with oral lichen planus, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the mouth.

Affecting more than 1 in 100 people, persistent mouth ulcers due to lichen planus can give rise to cancerous changes within the ulcer, and so need to be monitored by a doctor. "

"A total of 81 per cent of the patients treated with aloe vera had a good response after eight weeks of treatment, while only 4 per cent of placebo patients had a similar response."

"Aloe vera is known to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and has been used to treat various skin conditions such as cuts, burns and eczema."

I have Aloe Vera, both in tablet and liquid form. I wonder how the study was done. Were the patients given tablets? Were they given Aloe Vera to swish in their mouth? Or were they given Aloe Vera to drink?

Since I am having a return of gastrointestinal problems I am starting back on the tablets and now that I have seen this article, I will probably swish and drink the liquid and see if it helps reduce the pain.

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