Cure Your Tongue Issues: Q&A

Last Modified on Nov 04, 2012

Chorda Tympani Trauma (metallic Taste)

11/04/2012: Craig33321 from Tamarac, Florida, United States: "Hi Ted. I had my 4 wisdom teeth removed a year ago, but since then, the left side of my tongue has this constant metallic taste, that changes every now and again from bitter, to sweet, to sour, and salty. My dentist said the nerve was stretched causing trauma to the left side of my tongue when he was removing my lower left wisdom teeth. He said it would resolve overtime, but its been over a year now, and even when I went back to the dental office, he could not recommend any medication etc. To help with my symptoms. The left side of my tongue feels even burnt, and some days extremely dry. Its been constantly changing weeks at a time for the past year. Is there anything you can recommend I do to cure this injury. I would really really appreciate it. I bearly make it through the day sometimes. I look forward to your reply.

Thanks Ted"

11/05/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The cause I have seen in Thailand is a common black mold fungus and a certain form of bacteria, such as cornyebacterium. The mold fungus caused numbness, but can also cause the sensation in taste changing, while cornyebacterium causes pain in the nerves. People imagined wrongly that the blood is very sterile, well it is not, and with any further infection the immune system can be overwhelmed quite easily. The only thing that is sterile is the inside of the cells, but they do get infected by a fungus and this leads to lupus. There are actually many remedies that deal with it, the most convenient is sodium thiosulfate, taken at 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon twice a day, to three times a day. This should help within a day, and improvements should be noticed. If not it probably was a bacteria. Cornyebacterium is common and can be eliminated with sound, but unlikely in your case. Borax, baking soda, and urea have antifungal properties too, but not as good as sodium thiosulfate and B3 niacinamide, the usual dose is 500 mg once a night, or taken throughout the day at the similar dose. The other could be metals found in the blood which damages the nerves that way, but not that often.


11/14/2012: Craig from Tamarac, Fl. United States replies: "Someone told be that my injury could possible be from the Nerve Block that was used also. It basically damaged the nerves in the leftside of my tongue. I hope you guys can help me. I bearly make it through each day, and its been over a year now, I can't get use to it."

11/15/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Try Acupuncture from well reputed TCM doctor, you may benefit. Good Health"

12/03/2012: Craig33321 from Tamarac, Fl, United States replies: "Hi Ted, Thank you so much for your reply, But can you please let me know where I can possible purchase sodium thiosulfate or is their an alernate I can find here in the USA? I would really really appreciate it. Thanks again for all your help."

12/03/2012: Art from Tustin, Ca. USA replies: "I think Lisa posted this previously about where to get sodium thiosulfate:


12/06/2012: Craig33321 from Tamarac, Fl, United States replies: "Thank Art, I really really appreciate it. I'll give it a try and keep you guys updated. Thanks again."

12/15/2012: Craig33321 from Tamarac, Fl, United States replies: "Hi Ted, I did receive my Bottle of Sodium Thiosulfate, and I read in a previous post to take 1 single crystal (About the size of a rice grain) with a glass of water (mixed till dissolved). I did it on an empty stomach. But it didnt seem to have any effect on me at all. Can you please confirm the dosage, and how much times a day do I need to take it as well as for how long? As allways, I appreciate your reply. Thanks in advance.... Also anyone else that have any experince using this product, please feel free to reply, definately appreciate it. Thanks again."

12/28/2012: Craig33321 from Tamarac, Fl, United States replies: "Anyone? Help? Please..."

Swollen Tongue Since 2010

10/21/2012: Gowilla18 from Lancaster, California: "Hello my mom suffered a stroke August 2010, 2 days later her tongue was swollen and protruding out her mouth, it is now over 2 years later and the swelling in her tongue is still there, she has a trach and is on a feeding tube because she is unable to eat due to the tongue, I ask the doctors if they could give her vitamin B, because she suffers from anemia but I was told that vitamin B would not help anemia or the tongue swelling... PLEASE HELP"

Repeated Case of Glossitis

04/25/2012: A from Texas: "Dear Ted, This all started in mid December 2011 and I have been suffering since then. I have seen several doctors ENTs, GIs and even Physiatrists. I had an episode of my tongue and lingual tonsils swelling. My ENTs (I went to 4 of them) saw it and kept giving me steroids and antibiotics for it. The swelling used to go away with the medication but it used to come back as well and I had to go through the entire medication course again. I started going to websites to see what is happening to me since the ENTs started talking about cutting off my lingual tonsils. The internet was full of people saying they have swollen tongue for years and they couldn't find a solution and so on and so forth. The whole thing was very depressing and I started feeling that I cannot sleep. There was a time once I couldn't sleep for days even with strong medication. One of the ENTs gave me Valium and that helped a bit but the swelling of lingual tonsils kept coming back which made it harder for even the Valium to help me sleep. I never knew what anxiety and depression was till this kept going for almost three months. A friend of mine suggested that all the swelling may be because of some kind of allergy and suggested Benadryl, I took it and it helped with swelling, I could sleep as well. So I started talking the Benadryl. After three days, I could sleep and swelling wasn't bad either but one evening I felt I cannot see well. That was the start of my Depersonalization or at least I think that's what it is. I didn’t know what it was at that time. A doctor friend of mine finally after three months told me that he thinks that my tongue swelling is related to my stomach. So I saw a GI and finally got diagnosed with GERD, I am taking the medicine but the tongue swelling keeps coming back. This also swells up my throat and sometimes its difficult to breathe and even eat food. I was a very chronic smoker as well before I my tongue started swelling.

The harm with anxiety, depression and me not being able to see well has been done now. I don't want to take the traditional physic medications for life or not be able to cut back on the traditional physic medicines. I want natural treatment and I found your article while researching about natural treatments."

04/30/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "I think you have a simple condition of glossitis, which is an inflammation of the tongue cause by a vitamin B complex deficiency. It will relieve most of the conditions in a week. If not you come contact me again. I would take B50 complex three times a day for just one week and see how it goes.


Will Scraping My Tongue to Clean It with Dental Floss Help or Hurt?

02/06/2012: Water Boy from Dana Point, California : "First of all I would like to thank the producers of this website as well as those who have been posting, concerning their bad breath; I have found some of these recommendations very useful, especially the use of Apple Cider vinegar as mouthwash and as a digestive aid. I also have been using hydrogen peroxide diluted in water as mouth wash. My tongue is coated in a white fur type of growth and it has been gradually receding as the weeks go by.

I have also started chewing my food more meticulously, which is what I should have been doing in the first place. Now to my experience; as the days went by I started to see some changes in the consistence/color of my tongue, a red color started to emerge. The tip of my tongue first, but then the back of my tongue appeared to be getting thicker. I don't know why, I guess desperation, but I got some dental floss and ran it across my tongue, reaching back and bringing the string forward. I expected that tongue gunk to come off as usual, but what I saw were what looked like, those little pesky hairs that have been growing on my tongue. I kept at it and saw a notable change in the color of my tongue. I was wondering if there has been any other experience like this and also I was wondering if this is safe for my tongue."

Dark Brown Heavy Coating on Tongue

04/21/2009: Cindy from Elko, NV: "sorry i have a question my tongue has a dark brown heavey coating i've tried meds every thing to remove it open to suggestions please help contact me by my e-mail thank you."

01/05/2012: Benni from San Diego, California replies: "I awoke one day recently with this startling condition (dark brown tongue with thick coating - some spots were so dark they looked black) and couldn't brush it off with the toothpaste/baking soda mixture that I normally brush my teeth with.

I was able to get some of it off with a clean washcloth but not much.

A few months ago, I used antibiotics and developed candida while using them. And, the day before the brown/black tongue, I used a hydrogen peroxide tooth whitening kit at home. Lastly, about a week before developing the condition, I started a low carb diet. So, not sure which of those contributed but suspect that the three combined created the perfect storm.

I found earth clinic while searching for a solution to this embarrassing issue, and followed Ted's advice to use 1/4 - 1/2 tsp baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid (I used ascorbic acid = vitamin c; and sometimes also used magnesium citrate which I happened to have) in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day.

Noticed such a significant improvement of the coating within an hour or two after drinking the baking soda that I was convinced this was going to be the solution. I continued the bs/ascorbic acid for 5 days and the problem more or less resolved over that 5 day period.

Magnesium citrate and ascorbic acid both cause the baking soda to fizz up. Per Ted's advice elsewhere on this site, I waited for the fizzing to stop before drinking. I am not sure that it is absolutely necessary to take the citric acid/ascorbic acide/citrate with the baking soda. I just happened to have them and already take them as part of my daily routine. I suspect that this could resolve with only baking soda (and glycerine - see below).

Note that Ted recommends not doing this for more than 5 days at a time.

My typical and unfortunate condition is to have a (less alarmingly) yellow coated tongue, so I looked into additional remedies to get rid of the last traces of the dark brown and hopefully yellow coating. Read on earthclinic somewhere - can't find it - that someone had great success treating this issue with vegetable (and/or USP) glycerine.

Bought 4 oz of USP glycerine at the health food store yesterday for about $4. ; also found some fluoride free toothpaste at Trader Joes that has glycerine in it. Using those things (just a few drops of glycerine directly on the tongue then brushed off with my new toothpaste) for the last 24 hours (but also still not using the baking soda because I didn't want to do that for more than 5 days) has completely resolved all remaining traces of brown/yellow tongue.

So having an ugly black/brown coated tongue led me to the solution for the yellow coating too.

PS, Trader Joe's has the bulk ascorbic acid (vitamin C powder) for about $10. if you need it quick, otherwise it's cheaper to order it off the Net."

10/26/2012: Sewittybit from Sydney, Australia replies: "Just wanted to thank you so much for posting this remedy. It really works! Two days and my tongue is almost back to normal. Tried brushing, scraping, Nilstat, salt gargles, everything. Thank you."

Remedies Needed for Hairy Tongue

05/28/2008: Daniel from Chicago, Illinois: "I have a problem called hairy tongue but have seen nothing on the site addressing it. I really would like to cure it if possible. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated. I have tried salt water for the last few days but so far with no success. I will give it a few weeks though and then move onto the next thing. Thank you for your help and for providing the site. Daniel"

05/01/2009: laura from downers grove, il replies: "Hi David, I too have black hairy tongue and am wondering if you found anything to help. It's disgusting and I can't get rid of the horrible taste in my mouth. So far I haven 't found anything to help. Let me know if you have - thanks!"

07/21/2010: Maggiemae from Bellmawr, New Jersey replies: "I had the same problem and went to see my dentist. He gave me a tongue scrapper and this medicated mouthwash to use twice a day. It has helped a great deal. There is another medication called Nystaid (prescription) something like that that is for a similar problems and what is called Oral Thrush. If severe enough I would ask to be put on that. Question from me can having this cause sinsus problems? I feel like it might have. But for this question see your dentist. If not definitely see a doctor. Don't let it go. Then after it subsides get yourself a toothbrush that when you flip it over scrubs your tongue too. Do this as part of a daily routine when brushing your teeth. Don't use mouthwatch with alcohol that can make it worse. Good Luck"

Yellow Tongue

04/23/2008: Daniel : "I was just wondering I have a yellow tongue onset it seems after I eat meats, etc and it stays there all the time. I brush it off' and it comes back on after I eat. It has been going on for a while. I also have excessive saliva forming. Do you have any suggestions. My stomach makes these noises when I seem to eat."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Daniel:
I have yellow tongue also, but the cause is bacterial and fungal accumulation due to acidic saliva. This is often the best pH at which bacteria and funguss grows, and it came from my observation as to why the ocean's water are so sterile. It is sterile because the water's pH is 8. A human saliva's pH should equal to at least 7. Most times, whenever the saliva pH exists below 7, which often cases are 6.5 to 6.8, but I do see people with really bad breath and cavities with pH at about 5.5-6. Interestingly, certain chlorine, fluorine, aspartame, wheat, and milk seems to cause the pH to be acid, especially the milk which seems to add to the yellow coating. The pH of the urine is governed primarily by sodiium such as baking soda which sodium bicarbonate, that tends to control the alkalinity of the extracellular fluids, while on the other hand, the intracellular fluids of the cells or even the saliva is primarily controlled by both potassium and magnesium. But the natural
'antibiotic of the saliva's ability to rid of excess bacteria and fungus, are generally governmed by zinc and molybdenum. Molybdenum is primarily antifungal at least in the fungus like organism humans anyway, that might in excess give rise to candida.

The simplest possible remedy is 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate and 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate, in 1/2 glass of water taken usually twice a day, once in the morning and 1 hour before sleep, 2 hours and 3 times a day if you got astenia or sleeping problems of course. This is takenl slowly raise the salivary pH to alkalinity , within a couple of hours, and if brushing is done during those times, most of the yellow tongue is removed and can come back only very slowly. In general if I don't have much yellow tongue, I would just take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day. Stomach upsets are very much due to excessive acidity along the esophagus, but also of eyes, nose, throat and ears, leading to long term sinusitus, but also bad breath, or mediciny breath, is the same. Certain fungus for example causes the body to produce certain chemical (possibly aldehydic in smell) leading to a mediciny breath. It takes only a couple of days to notice improvement in the
tongue problem, but in my case it is relatively quick, which takes only a couple of hours. That is because my body is usually alkaline anyway, but I didn't check my salvary pH to be acid. Obviously, the prime reason that we get cavities and yellow tongue is the sugar and the starches, but that's generally difficult to avoid. The second major cause is because 90% of all our foods are acid forming anyway, wheat and milk is one of the worse I seen yet, causing candida in some cases, usually cause the salivary pH to be acid. As such, taking baking soda and a small amount of potassium will do the job in most cases. But in the event it doesn't as well, then common deficiencies are magnesium, zinc and molybdenum supplements needed as being the other missing link. This doesn't happen often, but in event it does those are usually it."

02/26/2009: David from Norwich, Norfolk, England replies: "Hi Ted I have tried the sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate, it has worked wonders. For the first time I feel like I'm actually getting somewhere but it is still not perfect. I am going to try the Zinc, Magnesium and molybdenum next but need to know what quantities of these you would recommend please.Thanks Dave"

Upset with Pimples and Protrusions on Tongue

12/17/2007: Robert from Denver, CO: "I am upset about having to deal an ongoing discomfort of what seems like pimples or protrusions coming out of my tongue. It causes me to use the nail clipper and cut them out. I bleed a bit but I can deal with it. Is there an internal ointment that eliminates this ailment? Please contact me asap. I HAVE!!! TO know asap. I hate living with this pain!"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "A condition where it appears to look like pimples and the head is sometimes white. Certain canker sores (usually viral) and inflamed taste buds from acidic food can result in this condition. The only way for sure, is saliva pH, which ideally should be above 7, but by chance, if its salivary pH is below 6 chances are great virus and bacteria are making home on the tongue.

Ideally the remedy if the salivary pH is acid, is to use a potassium citrate, or potassium bicarbonate as a mouthwash and leave it in the mouth for about 10 minutes and do this after every meal. Plus, I would take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water with 1/8 teaspoon potassium citrate taken twice a day. Potassium is an important element in raising the mouth pH, but always a sodium bicarbonate must be needed to maintain a stable sodium and potassium ratio, within biological parameters too.

Certain canker sores can cause pimples, and hence vitamin B12 drops taken orally, about 4-5 times a day, on the tongue or on the area of pimples may also help, plus some ocassional B6 and perhaps weekly vitamin B complex may also help too. This should reduce certain virus related cause, but L-lysine, usually 1000-3000 mg a day, and zinc gluconate 50 mg once or twice a week for example may also be helpful. "

Black and Purple Tongue

09/29/2007: Ruth from Hawaii: "Ted, Thank u firstly for all of your valuable input and help for the many who suffer ill health. I have been using the inhalation method of 3% H202 since July 15th, 2007. I have been suffering with Candida and stomach bloating for 7 years along with lung problems. since inhaling the H202 my tongue started turning purple with black and brown spots in different areas. I went to the Md's and he said it was fungus and gave me liquid Nystatin to use orally. He also gave me Difulcan to take internally for 30 days. My question is, is the H202 taking the fungus out thru my mouth and should I let it occur naturally? How dangerous is the fungal occurring on my tongue? I don't want to stop inhaling the H202 as it helps my breathing so much. What should I do? Kindly advise asap. Many many thanks, Ruth"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Ruth: The black and purple tongue can have several causes, I will mention only two here, one is from taking certain medications high in bismuth (as in bismuth subsalicylate from Pepto Bismol). Another one is from taking long term antibiotic, which I have seen so many times to cause black, purple and green tongue from too much antibiotic uses. Too much antibiotic use, I have seen to cause fungus growth. It should be noted that fungus growth is enhanced whenever antibiotics use, because antibiotics are made from fungus, and because they cause the body to accumulate more heavy metals and bring on acidosis. Hence, hydrogen peroxide may be helpful in the short run of the breathing and kill off the fungus, where the cause is of difficult of breathing is seen to be fungus, but does not directly address the issue of altering dietary supplements to discourage fungus growth. Hence, removal of specific nutrients favorable of fungus growth by removal of heavy metals, such as chlorella, taking certain minerals not conducive to fungus growth such as borax remedy, where 1/4 teaspoon (in woman's dose) 1/8 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of drinking water will usually discourage fungus growth usually quite effectively. However, the basics of discouraging fungus growth will always be at least 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day for about 5 days out of a week. Some improvement should be noted on the second week as the body becomes more properly alkalized. I would like to check for some mineral status, to see if the copper portion, from hair mineral analysis is low or not, as copper discourages fungus growth. Magnesium supplements, such as 250 mg of magnesium citrate may help the breathing by reduction of calcification of the tissue too, along with alkalizing remedies such as baking soda mentioned, but if the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day may help. Fungus tend to grow better in environments high in sugar, no fishes are eaten, oily foods, rarely drinks cocoa for example. The purple tongue might also be circulation problems, which were caused by difficulty of breathing in the first place. Hence, slow deep breathing exercises, baking soda and citric acid, may help with the circulation and reduce the purple tongue, but NOT black tongue. Although I suspect it might contribute to the conditions too. Vitamin E 400 i.u. and some aspirin should also help with circulation problems thus reducing the darkness of the tongue."

Ruth from Hawaii replies: "Dear Ted, thank u so much for your prompt and informative reply. I do have very high levels of copper and mercury in my body as I've been tested twice in the past. I am presently taking liquid Zeolite to detox the heavy metals. I buy them from Waiora company and they are highly effective. Many people with stage 4 cancer are staying alive and recovering due to this product. How do I buy borax? Is is a soap powder or a drug store item? Thank u again for all of your inspiration and suggestions!"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Ruth: Thank you for the feedback concerning the cause of black tongue. As an interesting side note, adding a small amount of bentonite clay, which are positive charge, to a drinking water can also remove the heavy metals too. One have reported getting cured from cancer after drinking clay, apparently it is removing some toxins as the negative charge of the bentonite clays are removing positively charge toxins out of the body. A small pinch or two would be sufficient I believe. Borax is often available in U.S. as a 20 mule team borax, or a chemical suppliers that sell them under the name sodium borate, or sodium tetraborate. I once bought one from a school supply store in the science section."

Ruth from Hawaii replies: "Dear Ted, Thank you again for your time and effort and great suggestions. I read on line where borax is the same as boric acid. Is this true? I am having stomach problems due to a hiatal hernia with terrible heartburn and am afraid to take borax if it's an acid. How important is it?"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Boric acid is acid, borax is not boric acid. The borax is sodium borate, which is an alkaline form of boron and is a lot safer. I never use boric acid because it is acid and the boron content is too high."

08/26/2011: Spotty from Dacula, Ga replies: "as of last night, brown spots showed up on my tongue; for a week prior, my tongue felt coated; I have type2 diabetes which is under control; never take pepto anything; is this something for a dentist visit or an internal medicine visit? is it chronic or will it go away?"

Need Remedies for Mouth Problems

09/25/2007: Rick from dubre, kentucky: "Thank you, Ted for your help! I have been suffering for six months with the mouth problems listed here. I thought I was alone. It is comforting to know that many people have this problem. I have been to several different doctors. They just take your money and say they don't know. I am going to try the sea salt and baking soda remedies and some internal hydrogen peroxide. Hope it helps. Burning lips. Middle of tongue feels parched like a desert. Throat always mildly sore.White gunk on the rear of tongue.Edge of tongue sensitive. sores on tongue that don't want to heal.Feels best in morning and gets worse as the day goes on.Have drastically changed diet and taking ph buffering pills but still can't seem to get ph much above 6.0 either urine or saliva. very eratic. small sore also on gum that won't heal. Thanks again!!"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Rick:

Most buffering pills are not well formulated. Hence, to get the pH to 7, a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid in 1/2 glass of water is more effective, if raising the pH into normal parameters is needed. The body can't heal whenever the urine pH is below 6. Also, if possible 1/8 teaspoon of potassium citrate, if one can obtain it added to the baking soda and citric acid remedy.

A more workable remedy that has the vitamin C and other things is the 2 tablespoon of lemon juice (or lime juice, which is better), plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day.

I have seen the citrate formulas (citric and baking soda or sodium citrate, and potassium citrate) to have a superior effect in raising the pH.

The healing ability of the body pretty much depends whether the body's vitamin C level, so if sufficient vitamin C and vitamin E is present, along with alkalizing to urine pH of 7, the healing usually is more faster.

It should be noted that whenever the tongue doesn't heal, that measuring saliva pH becomes necessary. Generally they are most susceptible of pH and should be a bit above 7, such as 7.3. If it is below 6.5 the tongue and mouth can be problematic. Generally potassium citrate is most effective in raising saliva pH, but to keep the sodium and potassium in check, some sodium bicarbonate is still needed. In event of a remedy to raise the saliva pH is necessary, 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Those should generally raise the fastest, but it is assumed that plenty of water and the body is not dehydrated.

I have noted that most doctors med, especially the anti decongestant drugs and antibiotics can lead to dry mouth. Most anti cold remedies in the market causes dehydration and dry mouth necessary to induce reduced sinus post nasal drip and hence should be avoided.

A staph throat can also cause wounds not to heal, hence, I might consider using milk of magnesia (without the aluminum please) well shaken, and use that as a mouthwash to aid healing. "

Clove Oil Helps Reduce Burning in Mouth

11/29/2006: Nadia : "Hi Ted, I had been taking a handful of chinese parsley for a week, then stopped for a week, and again taken for a week. I also took 100% organic licorice bits (almost the size of tic tacs), 2 in the morning and 2 at night in the third week. I am going to stop on the parsley and licorice for the next week. I'm also taking 1 tbs lecithin everyday. So far the heartburn has not stopped nor has the burning tongue. I could not find food grade borax. I also read about clove oil for nanobacteria in one of your emails. Since I didn't have clove oil, I just put a clove in my mouth and sucked and chewed on it. It stings the tongue while I'm eating it, but amazingly after I'm done eating it, the burning in the tongue almost goes away (about 95%) and the heartburn also gets better (about 90%). This lasts for about 3-4 hours and then everything goes back to where I started. Since I started this regimen, I have also been getting headaches after mid-day. The acne on my face has reduced a bit though. Does this mean that it is working. Should I continue with this? If so, for how long. I also found a chelated calcium/magnesium/zinc supplement that has 1000mg calcium (as carbonate and gluconate), 400 mg magnesium (as oxide and gluconate) and 25 mg zinc (as gluconate and citrate). Should I start taking this as the next resort or is the calcium in it too high. For how many days should I take this. I couldn't find single magnesium and zinc supplements. All I found come in oxide forms. If this doesn't work, then may be I'll try the B-Complex. I have also started taking sodium ascorbate 1000mg since 2 days. Kindly advice on what to do. Thanks in advance,"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Nadia: It is clear that your condition is one of fungus like organism causing your burning tongue. In this case sodium ascorbate 1000 mg, and taking baking soda 1/4 teaspoon x times a day mixed in water, morning and early afternoon and early evening on empty stomach should help. Clove leaves are o.k., but you may need to take it more often for every 3 hours.

Be flexible. Consider changing some protocol and consider taking zinc acetate/zinc gluconate instead. Magnesium and calcium we can leave that out later, but it is best that magnesium be taken first for a week or so. Most our food is high in calcium anyway mostly from vegetables. Where do you think cows get their milk? From the grass! "

Help Me for Burning Mouth

11/13/2006: Sandra : "Dear Ted..... i have been on a lot of antibiotics for various conditions.... my tongue started burning, and my Dr. gave me nysatin...which I used and my tongue was still raw and burning. It has been 3 months now..... and my tongue is sore to even eat at times. Each Dr. Ive seen has a different opinion, allergies, acid reflux, vitamin deficiency. I did have 2 vitamin B shots and when tests were taken my vitamin b level was ok. I do have SO much gas all the time...even in my throat. Ive even tried accupuncture. Nothing has helped. Please help me. thank you"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Sandra: Just take baking soda 1/4 teaspoon twice a day to 1/2 glass of water, once in morning and once in evening and monitor your urinary pH until it becomes 6.5-7.0. You need to take more until it becomes between 6-7. After you take baking soda within 30 minutes you should get that urinary pH by 6-7. To make sure it won't cause worse acid tongue, just add a pinch of potassium bicarbonate if you can.

Acid reflux can be dealt with by taking 2 tablespoon of Apple Cider vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda also. If you can manage to raise your urinary pH for about 2 weeks, the acid tongue should be entirely gone. There will be ups and downs when you take this, so to prevent this you might take the baking soda for 5 days and off 2 days.

Should you still have difficulty raising the urinary pH to normal levels try another formula such as 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid twice a day. It seems to be more effective than the simpler formula in many cases, but some people have problems getting the citric acid. In which case another formula is possible, which is one whole lime/lemon (quite large I must admit) so some will prefer 1/2 lime/lemon and add baking soda until the fizz stops and add water to 1/2 glass of water. You can take it twice a day. It important that at least for me to use the one whole lemon or lime in practice as the vitamin C are still fresh and not oxidized and this is why I prefer one whole lemon, the ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) will cause the body to be in optimum values much quicker. Lemon especially lime with the baking soda, in theory should worked as good as many healing springs in their pH, buffering and ORP values and if more people do this, many will find the healing properties for many illness. It has potassium, phosphorous, and other minerals that the body needs in fairly good proportions enough for the body to normalize most parameters. "

Need Cure for Swollen Tongue and Various Regions of Body

10/02/2006: Ray from Augusta, GA: "Last year I was on missions trip in India. One morning when I awoke, one side of my toungue was swollen. This was the first time this had ever happened. Within several hours the swelling subsided. Since then, my tongue has swollen about once every week or two, mostly during the night, sometimes during the day. I have also had small swollen areas from time to time on various regions of my body. I have tracked my eating and find no common connection. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks for the help and such a great site for natural cures."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Ray: There are several possibilities of swollen tongue. However the most obvious is viral pathogens or nutritional deficiencies and reduce the inflammation.

Whenever the body has nutritional deficiencies, it reacts in reaction to certain unknown toxins, such as food preservatives to cause a swollen tongue. The body gets allergic to easily. So to cover most of the base that cause it, you can try the following:

1. Vitamin B complex, 3 times a day where most Bs are of 100 mg each, with exception of B12 at 100 mcg. You may be help most from B1, and B12 but we should just take all of the Bs is best.

2. Prepare a mouthwash and wash it often with a saturated solution of' baking soda, 3-4 times per day. The baking soda will neutralize the whatever viral problems you have, but this does not completely eliminate it unless you start taking some zinc acetate, or zinc citrate or zinc gluconate supplements to raise your immune systems. Along with that, also take selenium yeast 200 mcg, and kelp.

3. Sometimes taking 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar taken twice a day will reduce the incidence of swollen tongue by reducing the inflammation that the body is reacting against.

4. Alkalize. When the body have more oxygen, the pathogens get killed easier. So take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon citric acid (or lemon juice - but whole lemons as a substitute) to 1/2 glass of warm water.

My mother used to suffer from swollen tongue. Initially, by applying pure vinegar to the swollen tongue did help, until it was discovered that a tiny fish bones got stuck in her tongue and was later removed after eating, but the healing never set in. So what she did was apply a dental paste on the tongue for a couple of nights and the healing did progress. I would assume it is not a foreign material lodged causing the swollen tongue, but I will mention it anyway, in case this were the cause."

Strange Sensation on Tongue

08/08/2006: Lane from Alameda, CA: "About 2 months ago i started having a strange sensation on my tongue... like it had been scalded. had no idea what caused it and it wouldn't go away and got worse. i saw a doctor and they couldn't see anything wrong with it. about a month later, out of the blue, and very suddenly, i got instense burning in my throat. felt hot and almost like a fog of hot gas was coming out of me. tried some mylanta, and it helped a bit at first but then came back. saw doctor again and they said acid reflux and gave me pepcid. that didn't work so i started taking prilosec. i am currently taking both, twice a day. it's always better first thing in the morning and gets worse throughout the day, after eating. i've been eating bland food and avoiding citrus and tomatoes. my tongue is still patchy and weird feeling, more on one side than the other (left side) and in the back. often have a bitter or metallic taste in mouth. i am going to see a specialist in 1 days, is there anything i can try in the meantime? i've bought some ACV and some baking soda and will try them. thank you for your help."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Lane: It is funny that we are the only website that recognized this very a common condition which is often referred to as the "acid tongue".' It is quite common and I found it has very much to do with electrolytic and buffer imbalance.

The easiest way to treat this I found is to prepare JUST ONLY baking soda (but preferably without the Apple cider vinegar) and just used as a mouthwash or just let the baking soda react with the excess acidity from your tongue, as well as taking a small amounts of baking soda 3 times a day, about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 1/2 glass of water three times a day on an empty stomach for at least a week.

In case of an acid tongue you don't need apple cider vinegar, you need just baking soda and perhaps add to that solution a pinch of potassium citrate. Since it goes away quickly enough within a week, I haven't got a chance to investigate whether just potassium bicarbonate, potassium citrate or sodium bicarbonate works better, or whether certain ratios of sodium: potassium might work better, or whether adding magnesium might also help it stabilized better. However, most bicarbonates should be able to add the buffer's depletion within a week, and should normalized almost completely on the second week.

A long term solution to this dangerously acid tongue is to take about 5-1 mg. of biotin plus vitamin b complex. Extreme acidity is a condition of a possible biotin deficiency also as biotin is a common treatment for acidosis.

Unfortunately, finding a biotin with a dosage high enough in present market circumstance and price, at least in Bangkok anyway discourages me to pursue that path, whenever a simple bicarbonate supplementation will do. "

Remedy for Restoration of Taste Buds

08/03/2006: Becky from Comfort, TX: "I have a question for Ted. Do you have a remedy for restoration of taste buds? My husband is recovering from chemotherapy and radiation and a bone marrow transplant. He is losing a dangerous amount of weight because he won't eat. He says his taste buds don't work and he can't taste anything. Please give me any suggestions that could be helpful. Thank you."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Becky: Yes, there is a good possibility of restoring tastebuds from chemotherapy all of these are quite complementary of your therapy anyway and should help you. There are six major supplements that will do that,

1. zinc acetate (or zinc citrate),
2. sodium thiosulfate,
3. L- carnosine,
4. baking soda+citric acid,
5. vitamin B complex,
6. Magnesium Zinc deficiency has been linked to tastes, and smell such as anosmia (the inability to taste and smell in a more broader terms). The usual dose is 25-5 mg. per day taken for about a period of one month. Thereafter you take it only once a month. S

odium thiosulfate (you should make your own from a swimming pool supplier) or buy the from pet shops where it is clearly labeled sodium thiosulfate, without the food coloring, used to dechlorinate the water. It must be taken frequent enough (all day whenever you drink water), and taken at 5-8 drops per glass of water. It is necessary you take baht in 1% sodium thiosulfate solution and stay in the bathtub for at least 3 minutes. If done this way it make sense to buy them from a swimming pool supplier. Some told me they can get at a photo shop supplier, but you have to find out the details yourself. It is well known that sodium thiosulfate restores neural losses from hearing, taste, smell, and tactile sensitivity due to chemotherapy by protecting chemotherapy's damage on the neural system. Sodium thiosulfate is protective of neural loss and can restore your taste bud for example.

3. L-Carnosine, usually taken at 2 grams/day, but you can always start on the low side such as 5 grams a day. It is an amino acid involved in tastebud and also found in high amounts in your nose involved in detecting flavors and tastes also.

4. Baking soda + citric acid. I have seen in many instances of people with apetite problems received weight gain of supplementing this only after one week. For some reason or another, it restores appetite and tate.

5. Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B12) at 2 mg for most, with exception of B12 at only 2 mcg, plus other vitamin b such as vitamin F also help restore your tastebuds. Taken only a couple of days also restore appetite, but it is usually within about a week to notice the weight gain.

6. Magnesium citrate, at 25 mg. Must be taken as it is supportive of vitamin B effectiveness as well as other enzyme systems of the body (about 3-4), so reactivating many of these should really help some weight gain.

Other supportive therapies include MSM. MSM is a simple sulfur supplement. I have seen many instances that people who lost weight or a lot of weight as in your case, do have in fact sulfur deficiency. 25 mg - 5 mg/day are common dosage. It is important to drink plenty of water so it will restore the cells in your body by removing toxins which is responsible for the taste bud issues.

Other that is worthy of mentioned that body builders used in weight gain include creatine monohydrate and L-glutamine you can try out. It is important to take it along with magnesium citrate to help its effect on bioavailability and absorption as magnesium is synergistic of these two amino acids. You can buy these quite cheap from a bodybuilder store that sells supplements."

Listerine Mouthwash Burnt the Tongue

07/27/2006: Simmone from Malaysia: "Ted: Someone adulterated my listerine mouthwash and it burnt my tongue; after rinsing off, I took my toothbrush to brush of the chemicals, but the toothbrush caused many small cuts on my tender tongue. It has been four months and I can see small cuts all over my tongue which is painful; especially when the condition of my tongue is acidic. Can the cuts heal? Even blisters can heal in a week but not these cuts. Please advise"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Simmone: Tongues often heal faster then any part of your body with possible exception that either the tongue is severely burned or that the body's pH balance is not in balanced. Acid tongue is a common condition I have seen and the best way to stop the acid tongue so the tongue can heal is to prepare a baking soda mouth wash and neutralized the acid as often as possible. This means 1 or 2 mouthwash with baking soda a day. Also it is necessary to take twice a day 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for at least two weeks to reduce this condition.

It is also important to add 1/8 teaspoon of either potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonate also so that both the intracellular or extracellular fluids is properly buffered with the baking soda and potassium bicarbonate. Once the acid tongue is removed, then it is possible for the tongue to heal. Many times an oral paste (use to treat mouth ulcers) applied to the tongue will really help it heal by keeping the tongue dry. Many drug store will have oral pastes, but usually for gums however this can be applied to the tongue.

Toothbrushes are often not a good vehicle for brushing the tongues since often the bristles can be quite hard especially for sensitive tongue. You need to find a fairly soft bristles if it is possible or just avoid them especially this time while the tongue is healing itself."

Tongue Swollen on One Side

07/04/2006: Grace from Nairobi, Africa: "My tongue has a problem and looks swollen on one side and with wounds as patches. I want to try the taking of plenty of magnesium supplements and rinsing using sodium bicarbonate or potassium and supplementing with magnesium or potasium. i hope it works for me as i have had pain for the last two months with this tongue of mine."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "If you have a swollen tongue, it is quite common that this is a vitamin deficiency, virus, bacteria, or an allergy. You can solve most of the swollen tongue likely by taking a vitamin B12 shot first, then followed by taking vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12). Most swollen tongue have their causes from a vitamin B3 or B6 defiency, so just continue taking a fairly large dose of vitamin B complex for an entire month. Just follow the label package you buy. The key is to take over the RDA by at least 3% which is usually seen at a therapeutic.

Assuming you cannot get vitamin B complex, then just eat partially cooked liver of at least 5 grams/meal for 3 meals and this should help too. By partially cooked liver I mean the liver is only boiled less than 3 seconds and the liver is still soft and uncooked when you sliced it to the center of the liver. Just the bare covering of outer portions of liver looks cook, but still have some blood to it. We just cook enough to kill of the external bacteria, while preserving the vitamins you need.

The virus/bacteria issue can easily be resolve with taking a potassium carbonate 1% solution to be used as a mouthwash. Of course, you may not find this, so the second best thing is to try a 2% solution of baking soda (they don't dissolve that much) plus some potassium carbonate to use as a mouth wash every so many hours until the conditions reduced itself. The one nice thing about these weak alkaline is that they tend to kill most of the bacteria/viruses responsible. If this doesn't work, just add sea salt at about 2% concentration.

The issue of allergy is usually having to do with a milk allergy more so than a soy milk allergy. Taking plenty of vitamin Bs will eliminate most allergies due to deficiency, but certain diets can cause it too. Of course milk allergy is quite common, and the other is probably monosodium glutamate.

In case you have an antibiotic allergies, e.g. sulfa drugs, or sulfites then these antibiotic allergies should be gone with taking of vitamin B complex, in particular is vitamin B1 thiamine, where antibiotics tend to deplete the body bringing on unexpected, swollen tongue allergy. This is at least my observations.

As an extra measure against swollen tongue, taking internally 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid in 1/2 glass of water should relieve you of inflammation of the tongue as this formula is usually anti-inflammatory (sodium citrate). Vitamin C will also relieve a swollen tongue, but preferably sodium ascorbate. If your place have neither citric acid, baking soda or even vitamin C, then just get lemon juice. I am sure you can get lemon as it has most of the ingredients I listed. There is no way I can guess at all the causes, but this will usually help. If I guess right it should be reduced by the next day. Doing for a couple of days the condition should go away. "

Habit of Biting the Tongue Since the Age of 12

07/03/2006: Chloe from Fresno, CA: "Since the age of 12 (I am now 40), I have a weird habit of biting my tongue at night. Not every night, just sometimes. I usually wake myself up as I am piercing one section of my tongue, but at that point the pain feels so good, I keep going for a while, chomping away. I don' t have masochistic tendencies, but I realized that I am releasing endorphins by inducing pain! In the morning I am usually left with a very raw tongue, which takes a few days to heal. Any ideas what causes me to do this and how to stop it?"

EC replies: "There must be a handful of people around the world who have this biting tongue at night issue! This is the 2nd email in 2 years that we have received about a night-time biting tongue habit... This habit is very similar to people who cut themselves to experience an endorphin high. We heard back from that reader that eliminating acidic food from the last meal of the day, especially tomatoe sauce (fresh tomatoes are ok) worked wonders. The extreme acidity of the food may have been the trigger."

01/10/2012: Tonguechewer from Dayton, Ohio replies: "I also have this problem. The only difference is that I bite my tongue at all times, not just at night. I try to chew gum all day but I still end up chewing my tongue. Over the past couple weeks it has gotten worse. I used to chew it until it bled, then I was able to resist doing it just until it healed. Now I just keep chewing. I do get pleasure out of it, as weird as it sounds, it feels good to chew the part of my tongue that is sore. I am taking welbutrin and I have read that tongue chewing can be a side effect. Is there anything else I can do or use?"

08/10/2013: Sk from Texas replies: "Wow! I thought I was the only one! I have had the bad habit of biting my tongue since I was 6. I will bite off tiny bit until I create a large ulcerated area the size of a cigarette burn. It takes about a week for it to heal. Eating spicy food will burn really bad. I really think this is some kind of PTSD response. I know this is weird but the pain is somewhat enjoyable or comforting. I am under psychiatric care and do take my medication but the tongue biting is still a problem."



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