Lip, Mouth and Tongue Disorders

Local and systemic disease
Disorders of the lips, the mouth and the tongue may be local and due to infections or injuries, like canker sores, oral thrush, periodontal disease, tonsillitis, etc. But they may also be caused by systemic diseases like AIDS, diabetes, leukemia, and others. Some may be the result of bacteria and fungi. Others may be brought on by food allergies, especially where the organism is in a state of imbalance in terms of necessary vitamins, minerals, acidity and alkalinity.

The mouth cavity
Clearly, it is important to distinguish between disorders caused by systemic disease and these of local nature. This is particularly true where the mouth cavity is concerned. Often the first signs of systemic disease appear in the mouth and can be recognized there. Local disorders include salivary gland problems, bad breath caused by deteriorating hygiene of the mouth cavity, herpes infection of the gums and other parts of the mouth, a sudden but painless breakdown of the palate surface (necrotizing sialometaplasia), and others.

The lips
One problem of the lips is the change in size. The lips may swell because of a number of conditions, including allergic reactions to foods, medications, cosmetics, airborne or waterborne irritants, angioedema, steroid injections, sunburn, etc. Advancing age, on the other hand, may cause the lips to grow thinner. Cracks around the lips may signal lack of B vitamins. Brownish-black spots may indicate the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, an inherited disease when polyps form in the stomach and intestines. While dryness and cracking of the lips and simultaneous reddening of the mouth lining may be an early warning sign of the Kawasaki syndrome, a mainly childhood disease most visible at the mouth, but which may involve more serious repercussions.

The tongue
Traditionally, an older generation of physicians looked at the tongue as a principal diagnostic tool. This is because so many diseases first appear on or around the tongue. Thus, redness of the tongue may be a sign of pernicious anemia or vitamin deficiency. By contrast, iron deficiency anemia renders the tongue pale and smoother. A change to the color of strawberries and then raspberries may be the first sign of scarlet fever. A smooth red tongue and painful mouth cavity may indicate pellagra, a niacin deficiency. Tongue sores may show the presence of allergies, herpes, immune disorders, tuberculosis, or the early stages of syphilis. Painless sores, bumps or white areas on the sides of the tongue or the floor of the mouth may indicate cancer, and so on. You may understand perhaps why the old family physician asked his patients to stick out their tongues.

Our program
Our individualized program is designed to best deal with your specific problem through natural means, and in accordance with your gender, age, the present state of your health, medical history, hereditary predisposition, and other traits that distinguish you as an individual.

In greater detail, our program offers,

  1. Comprehensive measures.Identification of the best natural means to deal with your condition, and the set up of treatment goals.
  2. Diet. What foods are best to eat for your condition, how to eat them, what to cut down or avoid for a while, so as to get the best out of your nutrition.
  3. Nutritional supplements. The vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, etc, you may need, their dosages and times to take them so as to avoid annoying and even harmful nutrient interactions.
  4. Botanical support. The standardized herbal preparations that may be of help for your condition, their dosages, contraindications, etc.
  5. Lifestyle changes. Small but significant changes in lifestyle may be necessary to avoid the same problem in the future.
  6. Topical treatment. For conditions that may be also externally treated, which natural preparations are best for your condition, how to apply them, etc.
  7. Physical therapies. Other forms of treatment that may be of assistance, such as homeopathy, etc