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Canker Sores


How can I decrease the outbreak of canker sores in my mouth and on my lips? I've tried everything.
~ J.P., California


Canker sores are related, from an ayurvedic perspective, to excess Pitta in the body. Specifically, they result when digestive impurities (Ama) interact with Bhodaka Kapha, the subdosha which governs the tongue and sense of taste.

We don't offer an herbal formula specifically for canker sores. The approach would be to take measures to decrease the Pitta and Ama. Some people with canker sores find they are sensitive to citrus fruits or sour pineapple, which aggravate Pitta. Here are a few tips, but you may want to see an ayurvedic physician for a more individualized program.

Diet and lifestyle tips

  • Detoxify the body. Take Elim-Tox-O for 45 days — this formula gently cleanses Ama from the body without increasing Pitta.

  • Reduce Pitta — aggravating foods such as sour tasting foods, pungent spices and nuts.

  • Eat lots of sweet juicy fruits — they are both cooling and cleansing.

  • Soak a handful of raisins in water overnight. Drain and eat them the next morning.

  • Use the Pitta Churna to season your foods during cooking, and sip Pitta Tea.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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