Last Modified on Jan 19, 2015
The tongue can be an excellent indicator of your overall health--or offer the first sign of a serious or systemic ailment soon to affect your entire body. Many of us have experienced a swollen tongue, metallic taste, or burning sensation or a tongue that is sensitive, purple, red, pimpled, sore, burnt, or that has a white coating on it and we have wondered what that meant about our health and what we could do about it. This page will start to answer those oral health questions.
In particular, a white coating on your tongue is an obvious symptom of thrush or oral candidiasis. A candida infection. Information on that health condition follows in these pages, but you may also want to take a look at out page on Candida.
Natural Cures: Betaine HCL, apple cider vinegar, or another natural remedy may address an acid reflux condition, which can create changes in the tongue.
Table of Contents
- TED'S Q&A
- VIEW ALL REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Iodine
- Baking Soda
- Betaine Hcl
- Black Tongue Remedies
- Cell Food
- Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
- Fissured Tongue Remedies
- Foods to Avoid
- Leukoplakia Remedies
- Lingual Nerve Damage Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Removal of Amalgam Fillings
- Sea Salt
- Tongue Fissure Remedies
[YEA] I got out of the VA hospital a day before Thanksgiving. I could swallow baby food and I had a hard time swallowing water. They had me on Prilosec for a couple of years due to acid reflux. A number of factors (stress and aspirin) wrong diet, put me over the edge. In the hospital I spoke to several gastro-intestinal doctors and mentioned my burning tongue. None of them had ever heard of such a thing.They all kept refering to a possible metalic taste in my mouth. They scoped my stomach took a biopsy and told me that I had a lot of Peptic ulcers in my stomach and a condition called "Eosinophilic Esophagitis" in my esophagas. They wanted me to continue to take the Prilosec and a Corto-steroid throat inhaler. It has been 4 weeks since I left the hospital. I have not taken these drugs, and I have resorted to natural cures (Kefer, aloe vera juice, leafy green soups, baked squash, yogurt, none of which has seemed to cure the burning tongue that occurs minutes after I eat something. I have started on your ACV and baking soda. I can already tell it's working. I also have itching all over my body that flares up from time to time, usually after I eat something. The itching is very intense. I have been taking "Doxapin" for it for about 7 years. Now I am not taking any alopathic medicine. I have just turned 67 years of age and finially want to do the best for my body, not my impulses. This has been a tough lesson. Thank you for your website.
[YEA] I've been a big fan of Earth Clinic for many years and had much success with many of the posted remedies for different ailments (I have type 2 diabetes and HBP).
After a recent round of antibiotics for a upper respiratory infection left a nasty white coating on my tongue, I drank the following: 8 oz cup hot tea (I used decaf Earl Gray), 1 tbs of ACV with honey to taste along with 1 drop of Lugol's with my breakfast. By the end of first evening, most of the white coating was gone, by the end of my second day, my tongue was back to normal, no more white stuff! I am so amazed that something so simple cleared up my nasty tongue so quickly!
I can't say enough good things about Earth Clinic! I love this site, thank to all for your contributions and advice!
[YEA] I read on Earthclinic about brushing the tongue with salt but decided to try something less irritating instead. Plain baking soda works! I bought a tongue brush at the pharmacy (a little rake-shaped toothbrush for the tongue), dipped it into a bit of baking soda which you can buy at any supermarket, and just gently scraped my tongue with it. I scrape and rinse the brush, scrape and rinse again, and add more baking soda if I need to. Tastes pretty bad and makes me gag sometimes, especially when trying to brush the back of my tongue, but after rinsing it all away, my tongue is a healthy pale pink colour. ALL of the white is gone. I have to repeat every few days because the white coating comes back but it really helps! My mouth always feels fresh and very healthy for a couple of days afterwards and then I repeat again when I see signs of the white coating coming back. Works every time.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Basil really helped with my burning tongue, just chew it for awhile, I chewed on the strings of it from my Herb garden, it numbed it and took away the burning feeling, but if I would eat or drink something the tongue would burn again. I definately cannot eat anything hot or spicey or it sets my tongue on fire. I also tried popcycles, it was like chewing ice but better and yummier, suger-free gum helps alot but I got tired of chewing gum! I told my doctor but seems like he didn't care or did not know what to do. I am going to go to my dentist to see if he has any anwers. I might get a test for Celiac disease to see if that is what it is, I eat alot of wheat bread??? I cannot keep going on with my tongue burning, it is such a pain in the neck or really alot of burning pain on my tongue. If you have any ideas to help me I would appreciate your help!!!!!
You might say that after 1 year of having to endure a white tongue I have developed a real obsession in trying to find a cure for it. I have tried just about every method described on this website but without success and not even temporary success. Now I can sit back and celebrate BECAUSE I HAVE FOUND A CURE FOR THIS MYSTERIOUS AND FRUSTRATING DISEASE!!!! There are many reasons for a white tongue but the one that affected me for so long was really the result of ACID REFLUX not Candida as I originally thought from the beginning. It was only after I finished my last packet of treelac considered as probably one of the most promising cure against Candida that I realized that it may all along have been simply acid reflux. What finally worked for me is a CONTROLLED dosage of BETAINE HCL without risking in finding myself in surgery with a hole in my stomach. In case some of you don't know, BETAINE HCL is really pure stomach acid in a capsule with a PH less than 2 enough to burn through metal!! Here is the theory behind my complete success for eliminating my white tongue:
"WHITE TONGUE FOR SOME PEOPLE IS REALLY NOTHING MORE BUT WHITE THICK MUCUS THAT THE BODY SECRETES INTO THE THROAT SOME OF WHICH EVENTUALLY ENDS UP ON THE TONGUE AS A MEANS OF PREVENTING ACID DAMAGE BEING THE RESULT OF A PARTIALLY OPEN MUSCLE VALVE LOCATED BETWEEN THE STOMACH AND ESOPHAGUS AREA. THIS MUSCLE VALVE WAS DESIGNED TO OPEN WHEN FOOD GOES INTO THE STOMACH AND TO STAY SHUT THE REST OF THE TIME SO AS TO PREVENT ACID FOR DAMAGING ANYTHING THAT LIES ABOVE YOUR STOMACH. CONSUMING BETAINE HCL IN CAPSULE FORM WILL LOWER YOUR STOMACH PH (MAKING IT MORE ACIDIC) AND CAUSE THIS VALVE TO CLOSE MORE TIGHTLY AS MOTHER NATURE HAD DESIGNED IT TO DO SO. HOW DO I KNOW IT WORKS ? SIMPLY THAT AS SOON AS THE BETAINE HCL CAPSULES REACHES MY STOMACH, ALL THE SUDDEN MY TOUNGUE SLIGHLY BURNS BECAUSE IT IS CONNECTED TO MY STOMACH AND THUS LOSES MOISTURE AS A RESULT OF THE EXTRA BURNING ACID IN MY STOMACH. THAT IS RIGHT BELIEVE IT OR NOT THE VERY MOISTURE THAT COVERS THE TONGUE IS THE WHITE COATING!!!! . BETAINE HCL IS SO EFFECTIVE THAT THE MINUTE THE STOMACH'S PH IS LOWERED BELOW A CERTAIN PH VALUE, THEN THE BODY DOES NOT SECRETE ANY MORE MUCUS WHICH IN THE END CLEARS THE TONGUE FROM THE WHITE COATING.
WARNING: DO NOT SWALLOW THESE CAPSULES AS IF THEY WERE HARMLESS OTHERWISE YOU WILL EXPERIENCE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO YOUR STOMACH!!!!!!! READ ON THE INTERNET AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BY TAKING ONE CAPSULE AT A TIME (500MG) UNTIL YOUR STOMACH BEGINS TO BURN WHICH WILL INDICATE THAT YOUR LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED. I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYONE NOT TAKING THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AGAINS SERIOUS ACID STOMACH BURN DUE TO A LACK OF PATIENCE IN CURING HIS OR HER WHITE TONGUE PROBLEM. YOU MUST CONSUME THE CAPSULES A-F-T-E-R A MEAL NOT BEFORE. THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS MORE ACID NEAR THE LOCATION OF THE VALVE WHICH SHOULD BE ON TOP OF THE FOOD YOU HAVE JUST CONSUMED. ONCE YOU BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE A SOMEWHAT DRY MOUTH AFTER INGESTING A CONTROLLED AMOUNT OF BETAINE HCL THEN TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR TONGUE IN THE MIRROR AND YOU WILL NOTICE A THINNER WHITE COAT WHICH EVENTUALLY TOTALLY DISAPPEARS SINCE YOUR VALVE IS NOW COMPLETELY SHUT AS IT SHOULD BE AS THERE IS NO MORE STOMACH ACID LEAKING TOWARDS YOUR THROAT AREA".
White tongue for me proved to be the greatest health challenge of my life as this was the result of 2 major heartburn, a fever, and a little jaundice. Since I have totally changed my eating habits by favoring raw fruits and vegetables along with stomach enzymes and of course Betaine HCL, I have not experience another major heartburn for more than 10 months. My last major heartburn caused me to have WHITE stool and in the medical profession that is serious S***T!!!! Another major heartburn could have potentially permanently damaged one or several of my vital internal digestive organ including my liver. Your body should secrete more acid naturally if you continue with the consumption of BETAINE HCL for a little while until you cannot ingest a single capsule without feeling a burning sensation in your stomach. At this point your white tongue is COMPLETELY CURED since your body will no longer need to secrete this white thick mucus that ends up on your tongue. When I started using BETAINE HCL, most website suggest no more than 3 or 4 500mg capsules at mealtime before feeling a slight burning sensation in the stomach. For me I would consume 12 capsule per meal or 24 capsules in a day without feeling ANY burning sensations!!! This goes to show how low my stomach acid really was that got me seriously ill in the first place. Now I am down to only 5 capsules per meal and improving with each passing day. My tongue is nice and red most of the time so that is a tremendous relief for me. So if you have exhausted all possibilities in getting rid of your white tongue you should try this product because it has worked for me ONLY AND ONLY if the reason for your white tongue is due to acid reflux.
NOTE: HYDROCHLORIC STOMACH ACID K-I-L-L-S CANDIDA!!! YOU MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH STOMACH ACID AND AS A RESULT YOUR WHITETONGUE MAY BE CANDIDA RELATED NOT NECESSARILY DUE TO ACID REFLUX. EMAIL ADDRESS IN CASE YOU MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS POST: firstname.lastname@example.org
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North York, On, Canada