Cure Your Tongue Issues

| Modified on Jul 13, 2024
Sugar Fast
Posted by HisJewel (New York) on 07/13/2024

Regarding Dry mouth and Burning tongue,

I have tried most of the remedies posted for dry mouth and burning tongue at one time or another. And most of them helped for a while. Some of the remedies I was already taking before I got the dry mouth which came first, then the burning tongue came later. For example, I have been taking Alpha Lipoic Acid years before this condition. So, it should have at least worked as a preventive. My guess is the condition was already in progress and my diet needed major improvements.

With the Lord's help, I managed to go on my definition of a 21 days "no sugar fast." I figured 21 days would be time enough for me to see if this "no sugar" would bring relief. The limited commitment was to make sure I did not give up to soon.

I used honey in my coffee, no sugar and no milk, no candy, no cakes, no cookies or crackers. I allowed myself bread and rice with meals. My slip-ups were raisins and apples.

For Breakfast I had eggs and bagel. For dinner, I had meat, rice and vegetables, and about half a glass of grapefruit juice. I had plenty of water throughout the day.

After 5 days my mouth already felt less dry. By the end of 3 weeks, I noticed much less burning when eating spicy foods.

I finished about a week ago. I did not go all the way off this fast because; I plan to start back on it in a few days. To be more helpful: I am in my seventies; I have a good heart. I am not diabetic; if you are, you may need to check with your doctor for permission. I do get swelling in my legs, the no sugar challenge actually made my legs feel less swollen.

At present, my tongue is no longer dry. However sometimes I get a little burning along the edge of the right side which tells me to stick with the plan. The right side just so happens to be the side that I had shingles on, which was located on my leg.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sandy (Sarasota) on 02/19/2024

See an acupuncturist ASAP, they diagnose by the tounge, its color and shape, among other things. Have liver panel done, just go to the lab and pay directly no need to see a doctor and you will get results the same day. Create account online pay online and go to the nearest lab.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by ROSINA LOCK (LONDON UK) on 02/18/2024

Hi, I dont know if this is of help but some years ago my Polish half brother complained of a black tongue and at the time I couldnt advise him. He was at the time a chronic alcoholic, now I have never had a black tongue, neither have I had a white tongue except years ago when I had thrush which is a white tongue? However, I did read somewhere, that if you get a black tongue, eat PINEAPPLE, either fresh or from a tin, and it should cure the black tongue? I've never tried it, as I said I havent ever had a black tongue. But I do have a very sore tongue that burns a little, hence my visiting Earth clinic. The only way you will know is giving the pineapple a try. I am not sure if it said rub a slice on your tongue or simply eat it, but it was definitely pineapple. Wont hurt to give it a try. Rosina x

Cell Food
Posted by Heather (Suffern, NY) on 01/23/2023

I tried Cell Food after reading your post to see if it would work for my GT and it worked in 2 days! Thanks for your post!

Fissured Tongue Remedies
Posted by Jaweria (Karachi, Pakistan) on 09/14/2021

Yes, I have had the same the problem on and off for 4 years.. it seems as if my tongue and sometimes my lips are eroded.. Vitamin B supplements help, but healing is slow.. the problem is recurring after a few months.

B Vitamins
Posted by frank (thunder bay, ontario, canada) on 03/11/2021

Replying to:

Replied by Kathy
(Rowville, Victoria)
10/18/2016: "hi, I suspect I might have sjogrens, my tongue is the worst symptom, it generally feels numb and scalded. My eyes are very dry also. Can you get the keratin/collegen tablets over the counter? Help!!!"

This sounds like you have a B vitamin deficiency. You should get Adele Davis's book 'Lets Eat Right To Keep Fit.' On page 65 she describes the various effect B deficiencies cause to the appearance of the Tongue.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Iodine
Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 12/29/2020

Selenium helps control cancer cells and iodine can lower selenium and selenium can lower iodine, Keep them in balance for health:

The Health Benefits of Selenium and Its Relationship with Iodine | Deanna Minich

Then there is magnesium, the muscle mineral ~ tongue

The Health Benefits of Magnesium Dental Health & Nutrition (

Apple Cider Vinegar, Iodine
Posted by Redeemed04 (Nashville, TN) on 12/29/2020

Thank you Earth Clinic and thank you Yaakova for this post!! I came to this website after miserably enduring about 2 weeks of an inflamed, bright red and cracked tongue. It was awful by day but at night the dryness was terrible and preventing sound sleep.

Yesterday, I tried this recommendation with a large mug of green tea, ACV and 2 drops of Lugol's Solution 2% plus honey. There was immediate relief! PTL!! So I continued to sip, swish and swallow. The irritation was cut in half and I slept a little better last night. Today I am continuing this treatment and experiencing immediate relief again. Hoping for a complete cure!

Hope this information helps someone else!

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Maximac (Alabama) on 10/01/2020

Mmsg, all of that sounds rather easy but they are not married to my chef husband. Mind over matter, I know.

Thank you for your response!

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 10/01/2020

Maximac, someone with white tongue was given the challenge to go off sugar, dairy and white flour for a month. His white tongue turned a healthy pink.

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Maximac (Alabama) on 09/30/2020

Hi Mike,

I know this is an old post but I found it looking for tongue/oral issues. I have had constant white patches on my tongue and inside my cheeks. Looking back, I've had stomach issues my whole life, starting at age 9 being diagnosed with a stomach ulcer. I have no idea what pharmaceuticals were used but I was prescribed a bland diet and 2 tablespoons of Mylanta every 3 hours around that clock for about 3 months. It was the 70's. Even after I was deemed healed, my stomach burned. I just learned to live with it and believed that I was going to feel that way pretty much forever. My stomach probably still burns now but I don't even notice it because it always has and I'm 57 now.

Fast forward, for the last 3 years or so, I have noticed the white patches that the dentist call leukoplakia but doesn't treat nor tell me how or why it develops as he claims they, "don't know." I am so very tired of it, a sore tongue, heat sensitive mouth, and the white stuff that just doesn't belong! Of course, I have had bloating, weight gain and some of a general feeling of not well sometimes. I have had a stomach scope and discovered some stomach polyps which no one knows what causes those. I think a total lack of good gut bacteria has hurt all of me so we have started making our own kimchee and kefir. I am encouraged about the Betaine and will give that a try to see if I can garner some control over my health once again.

I am thankful for this site as medical doctors are not learned on the natural ways of our body. They are great at medicating. Don't get me wrong, meds are great when you are critical, but treating your body in the way of healing, not so much. I look forward to reporting back!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Donna (Florida) on 05/05/2018

How much baking soda and vinager do you use. I get that itching you described. I also have a white coating on my tongue. Thanks for the information

Multiple Remedies
Posted by L N (Uk) on 11/25/2017

I read on here that several people were looking for a cure for black tongue - in my case this occurred after aggressive antibiotic treatment including metronidazole which some people do claim causes this horrible side effect, (amongst many! ). I suspected candida being involved and based my approach on that. The colour was similar to liquorice stain and involved the whole top of the tongue. There was no way to clean it off and I felt disgusting with it. The blackness has only just cleared away, it took 4 weeks, and I don't know which part of my regimen played the biggest part - if any- but here's what I did:

Diet very low sugar and carb, mostly veg really but with small amounts of fish and eggs. No wheat in any form. No dairy except for live yoghourt, plain, which I find quite difficult to eat but easier when grated garlic and turmeric mixed in - as a kind of 'dressing' for the salady diet. Celery seemed very 'cleansing' and healing.

I took acidophilus capsules at every meal. I also did a tongue clean after every meal - it was quite unpleasant but seemed useful, ACV on a piece of towelling (to be burnt or thrown away after single use - cut up clean old towel for this) wiped over the tongue as thoroughly as bearable, followed by a rinse with warm water. I also took ACV twice a day. I changed to a bicarb toothpaste and after cleaning mouth and tongue each morning and night I soothed the mouth with coconut oil - swill for as long as possible then spit out. It has taken a month but my tongue is pink again now.

Hope this works for others.

Tongue Fissure Remedies
Posted by Brenda (Madison, Wi) on 03/13/2017

I have had a fissured (sp?) tongue for a couple years now. Apparently, my doctors nor dentist think it's important enough to do any kind of testing for other problems. Yes, Angela...I know what you mean...pretty much everything hurts. I think it's only milk and water that soothes it. SO, maybe I didn't read everything very well (I've been up since 3am), did anyone actually try the oil pulling with coconut oil, and if so, what results did you get? I'm pretty sure a fissured (sp?) can't be fixed, but I want to try it, if I can get past the taste.

Tongue Fissure Remedies
Posted by Angela (Ks) on 01/26/2017

To Barbara in Georgia. if you are still on this site...we are almost identical. the MTHFR lots of symptoms from it. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis too. My tongue has been sore for over a year. Cracked with raised white tastebuds. toothpaste hurts, soda and anything spicy...ouch! Just thougt we could compare notes and suggestions

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Lynn (Ny) on 01/18/2017 2 posts

I have a question about the ACV and baking soda recipe. My burning tongue is a result of chemotherapy which I thankfully completed in early December 2016. I have tried many things to help this uncomfortable feeling on my tongue but am open to any and all suggestions. How much of each do you use and how do you administer it? Do you swallow it? gargle with it? Any advice would be helpful. Thank you

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn.) on 06/20/2016

HI U GINGER,,,,,,,,, alum is aluminum sulfate and not good for your brain. In your situation, it probably not a deal.

Like your grandmother, we always used alum to make pickles crisp. I finally learned that you can use pickle crisp (calcium chloride) to make your pickles crisp without using alum. The pickle folks kept that a secret for many years.

Calcium chloride is a desiccant in that it removes water from the air. It is the product that folks use in their clothes closet to keep the moisture down so their garments do not mildew.

I think you are safe in your use of alum.


Posted by Ginger (Frazeysburg, Ohio) on 06/19/2016

On very rare occasions, I get a sore tongue, not burning and not white, just along the side or under the tongue, it gets sore and anything tart like lemonade makes it worse. The only thing I've ever used is powdered alum. My grandmother told me of this, and I think she used this spice when making pickles. It is a white powder and all I know is that it works every time and I only need to just dampen my finger in water, dip it into the powder and apply it to the sore area and it heals it after one application.

Hope this helps someone else, what an easy fix for something that can make your miserable, especially when trying to eat.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Raquel (Nc) on 01/27/2016

Hi, I just read you post and when you mentioned the itching all over your body I had to reply. I had the same problem and I'm better now. Look for a Naturopathic doctor in your area and have done a "Delay Food Sensitivity" test. This test isn't the same as food allergy, but tells you which foods your body has a hard time digesting and every time you eat one of these foods the symptoms can stay on your body for almost one month. Also eat organic as much as you can. I hope it helps.

Cell Food
Posted by Colin (Edinburgh) on 07/30/2015

Has the 'Cell food' continued to be effective?

Tongue Fissure Remedies
Posted by Maximac (Alabama) on 03/08/2015

Barbara this is great info! I've never heard of that condition nor was aware that you could have problems absorbing/processing vitamins. Could possibly be a problem for a lot of folks! Who knows with all the crazy processing of our foods these days.

Tongue Fissure Remedies
Posted by Barbara (Georgia, US) on 03/07/2015

I have suffered with a white-coated, fissured tongue. It started in 2002 when I was under a great deal of stress. I found relief in 2013 when I started going to a functional medicine doctor. He put me on several medications. They included fish oil, B vitamins like B12, folate, and B6, digestive enzymes and anti-fungal herbal drops for candida.

He tested me for MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase). I had never heard of it, and was most surprised to discover that I have two genes for it. One of the problems with this is that you don't process B vitamins properly.

I am so much better, but I have relapses like when I overdo and get very tired, or stressed. Another thing, I have one mercury filling that he has told me to get removed.

I hope this helps anyone out there who is suffering like I have. Best wishes to you all.

Removal of Amalgam Fillings
Posted by Maria (Australia) on 01/19/2015

How long did it take for you to notice a difference after you had the amalgam fillings removed?

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by John (Miami, Florida) on 11/23/2014

Glad to hear youve been cured!! Just a few questions for you if you don't mind.. Was your white tongue accompanied with a smell ? How much/often did u take the oregano oil and betaine hcl? could you also provide more info on your detox and diet ? Thank you so much!

Fissured Tongue Remedies
Posted by Vicki (Cr, Fl) on 11/14/2014

Try a digest pill; brush teeth with baking soda; rinse with warm salt water; hold a tablespoon of aloe juice in mouth, swish and swallow.

Black Tongue Remedies
Posted by Nevy (Uk) on 09/10/2014

Please can you help me, I have been suffering with a strange tongue. Nothing has changed in my medications. But I have developed a black/purpleish tongue and the tongue is sore all the time. It's burning and feels salty all the time worse after eating. Please help as I've tried everything.

Black Tongue Remedies
Posted by KT (US) on 08/10/2014

I had read somewhere that it could be from antibiotics.

Okay, I just got my hands on an old Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. I'm going to copy what it says about "Black, hairy tongue": "An overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth can cause discoloration of the tongue. Some types of bacteria and yeast produce red blood cell pigments that may give the tongue a black appearance. In addition, the papillae can grow profusely, causing the tongue to look as though hair covers it." (Copyright 2003)

Hope this helps...I had this some time ago and felt I looked like I was part Chow. I had been on antibiotics.

It is not serious. "You can remove the discoloration and hair-like growths by gently brushing your tongue with your toothbrush." You can pick up some Floss Picks, they are also tongue scrapers.

Black Tongue Remedies
Posted by Pat (Pensacola, Florida) on 08/09/2014

I never see anything called black tongue but there is brown, I think. Mine is black, for sure, and has built up quite a ridge-effect. I can scrape and some will come out each time but no real disappearance of any of it. It may coincide with the start of my very successful use of Hydrogen Peroxide sprayed into my mouth several times a day which has, in my opinion, cured my emphysema. (The inhalation activity we are all so grateful for.) Does anyone have information on my black tongue?

Posted by Susie (Little Rock, Arkansas) on 06/11/2014

I've had a caustic feeling on one side of my tongue for about 9 months now. I noticed it right after I had my amalgam fillings removed. I've tried everything and haven't found anything that gives me relief. Just today I realize I always put my iodine with Kelp drops under my tongue on the side that is irritated. I started to wonder if that could be the source of the problem. Then I read the iodine is suppose to be placed in water and drank...not dropped under the tongue. Could this be what is causing my problem?

Lingual Nerve Damage Remedies
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 03/20/2014

Hello Alex,

Concerning the post nerve issue after wisdom tooth removed...

An alternative explanation rather than "bruised" nerves is that an infection is present. I just had a similar situation with the "skin" in my mouth close on top of an old site which had a wisdom tooth extraction. The spot was very sore... for days. Finally, I got out my colloidal silver and let a tablespoon amount soak the sore spot. I did this for about a week and after that time the soreness was gone. Was the soreness caused by an infection? I don't know but l am of the opinion that it was and the CS knocked it out. By the way the soreness left gradually AFTER I began using the CS application.

Lingual Nerve Damage Remedies
Posted by Alex (New York) on 03/18/2014

Hi Ted, I had my Bottom Left Wisdom teeth removed 6 months ago, and since then the left side of my Tongue feels Numb, Scald and Dry with a very nasty taste. I dont think I lost any Taste because food still tastes normal but its the feeling on the Left side of my Tongue that has been bothering me for months now. The nasty Taste changes almost every month and and it feels as if I constantly have a Square Battery on my tongue (Metallic Taste). My Orthodontist said the Lingual Nerve must have been bruised when extracting my wisdom teeth, and will heal overtime, But its been over 6 months now. I'm very worried it will never heal. Is there anything you can recommend I try? Hope you can Help....

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 03/13/2014

Try going gluten-free. It solves a lot of digestive issues, including GERD.

Fissured Tongue Remedies
Posted by Marilyn (Yuma, Arizona) on 02/24/2014

I have read the posts on your site but was wondering if this is also part of the fissured tongue. I know have the fissured tongue as well as the burning lips. It is especially hard to eat because foods hurt my tonque and I am more or less drinking milk, eating yogart and bananas. I saw a Dr.yesterday and he has given me a "magic mouthwash" that is supposed to work on me if it is a fungal. I am to use the mouthwash for 2 weeks. I am also not able to brush my teeth because the toothpaste hurts my tongue. Has anyone experienced any of this?

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Laura (San Gabriel, Ca/USA) on 06/02/2013

I am reading your posts because I am having the same symptoms. I recently had a bout with Bronchitis, and it caused laryngitis I was prescribed a round of antibiotics, and when it was finished I has a very hoarse voice and a burning and tingling tongue. I have just been to see an ENT that was very well recommended. He showed me my voice box on a screen in his office, and there was evidence of acid reflux that was not allowing my vocal cords to heal. He was concerned and told me I needed to make lifestyle changes. I am on prilosec now, but I am experiencing the burning tingling tongue and its awful, I also have a white patch on my tongue. I saw a Dr Oz episode, and I now think thise is all symptoms of yeast overgrowth (Candida). The antibiotics wipe out all the good bacteria, so as soon as you have sugar starch beer etc, the yeast goes into overgrowth and causes all kinds of symptoms including exhaustion, gas, reflux and tongue sensations. I am now looking to cure the yeast problem with Dyflucan.

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Brent (Kitchener, Ontario) on 03/14/2013

Mike, I have had the same problem with my tongue for 25 years and having recently cured the problem, I agree with you. My problem started long before the Internet and I tried to get help from doctor, dentist, and others. GERD was the issue even though I had no other symptoms. I used Zantac 150 and Gaviscon but I will keep your advice in my back pocket if it comes back.

Tongue Fissure Remedies
Posted by R (Pune, Maharashtra) on 02/08/2013

I want to know if there is a treatment for fissured tongue using natural remedies or any other method?

Posted by Becca (Swansea, Ma) on 12/05/2012

I have had a white tongue for about 6 years now. It happened after I had my youngest son who was born at 28 weeks by emergency c-section. The doctors had me on an I. V. Antibiotic every 4 hours for 4 days. It was to the point where they had me on so much I couldn't even eat anything. Anyways, since then I have tried countless ways of clearing it up with no success. I mean every way on this page did pretty much nothing except for the glycerine! I am AMAZED at how fast and how pink my tongue is again! While I have only been using it 24 hours, the whiteness is almost gone. It still has a small whiteish tint but like I said, it has only been 24 hours. I hope with continued use, and drinking more water my tongue will be back to itself again in no time!! I ordered a 16oz bottle on amazon for $8 (huge I know since I only use a couple drops on my tongue scraper). The stores in my area wanted $7 for half that size so I went with the better deal. You can also use vegetable glycerine for hair and skin as well. Haven't tried that yet, but youtube users seemed to be pleased with the outcome for that use as well. I also read that glycerine has over 1500 uses so there is always something to do with it! For anyone with this problem, start with the glycerine first and don't waste time and money like I did :)

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Vince (Toronto) on 10/07/2012

Any idea as to why you may need Hal in the first place. Possibly you are treating a symptom of something else.

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Anabela (Leiria, Portugal) on 05/18/2012

Hello Mike, I've been reading all your posts and everything you say makes so much sense. With his posts finally realized that my whole problem is not excessive acidity more than lack of acidity, it is necessary to realize the entire physiology of the body, it is a machine so refined and intelligent. I tried everything and anything and nothing resulted from ACV, oregano oil, MSM, milk thistle, artichoke, borotuto, diatomaceous earth, clay, charcoal, pepper mint, garlic, turmeric, vitamin complexes, diet lemon, cat's claw and so many other things, never smoked, never drank alcohol and could not understand why I am increasingly worse. I have a healthy diet since I was 13 years and now I'm 41. I think it all started to have put 13 dental amalgams in my teeth. The Mercury is an enzyme inhibitor and a heavy metal that provides that the Candida is to stay in the body. From there developed bulimia, which is explained by a body that is in constant stress, the adrenal system is compromised and high levels of cortisol in the bloodstream. I finally realized how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. I also hope to go on time ... because I am very ill, but tomorrow morning I'll buy Betaine Hcl. Soon I will give news.

Thank you Mike for your willingness to share their experience and wisdom. People that are looking for healing do not lose time with ACV and baking soda and MSM and all that I reported above. Supplements are great but do not have the power of healing that we all seek in this case, the problems of indigestion, white tongue is a symptom of it, polyps and sores in the nose, gases, sadness, anxiety, depression. Do not waste time and money on what does not work when we need something magical. But I'll post my experience with betaine.
Mike for you I wish you a long life full of peace.

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Mike (Montreal, Quebec Canada) on 04/06/2012

Hi Christine, I am glad that you feel much better these days. Just want to mention that the real connection between hair loss and low stomach acid is your body's inability to properly absorb Zinc which is a very important element for hair growth.

Only with the right levels of HCL in your stomach can your body absorbed this important element as well as iron which would also explain why you always felt so tire in the past but for no apparent reasons.

You might want to investigate further as to why your stomach produces so little acid. If you are a confirmed case of gastritis like myself which is stomach inflammation then that would definitely explain it. Acid cannot be produced normally if your stomach is inflamed so you have no alternative but to supplement your stomach acid with Betaine HCL until your body gets rid of the inflammation.

In the vast majority of the cases involved low stomach acid production is usually caused by gastritis. Acid reflux follows from the build up of pathogens that would normally be controlled by sufficient levels of stomach acid.

If tests indicate that you do have gastritis then one very effective remedy I know of is MSM which has worked very well for me in the past. Make sure that it is not contaminated with heavy metals as this would make your condition even much worse.

Shop around to make sure it is 99% pure and then try the home test to confirm that you do not have a cheap substitute.

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Christine (Beverly, Ma Usa) on 04/06/2012

Hi Mike, Thank you for all of the information that you provided. Last year, I started suffering from severe sinus problems. Went to doc and was prescribed amoxicillin and a nasal steroid. Felt better immediately. After the 10 days, started to feel worse with acid reflux and a pain under my ribs. Took another round of stronger antibiotics and it didn't help. The reflux and pain became unbearable. My husband wanted to travel to Italy, but I couldn't--Italy and food are synonymous, and I couldn't eat anything. I was experiencing severe hair loss, my knuckles were swelling up, and my arms were getting very saggy. My sinuses were so inflamed that my whole face was numb.

In July, I did extensive searching for hair loss and found Suzanne Sommers blog about hair loss and hypochlorydia--lack of stomach acid. Ran to the store and bought betaine hcl. Immediate relief. Even my sinuses felt lighter. Within a week I didn't feel like sleeping all of the time. Within 2 weeks, we booked our trip to Italy and departed on September 1. The food was delicious and I wasn't sick for a minute. Since then, my hair has thickened remarkably, my arms have lost their sagginess. My sinuses have improved and the size of my knuckles has decreased. I figured that my liver had suffered as a result of all the insufficient digestion, so I started taking liver detox supplements--milk thistle. For the past two months, I've been taking a heaping tablespoon of diatomaceous earth in my coffee with 5 drops of 2 percent lugol's solution.

I feel so much better than I did a year ago. I hope everybody gets the message. Dr. Lawrence Wright, an MD who practices to treat cause rather than symptoms, has a few good videos on youtube about acid reflux.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Iodine
Posted by Yaakova (Tulsa, Ok) on 01/19/2012

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!

Baking Soda
Posted by Insectc (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada ) on 01/18/2012

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.

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Mike (Montreal, Quebec) on 12/23/2011

Mandy, you are over reacting about the danger of taking too many capsules at one time. In fact, the more, the better since it will allow much better absorption of key nutrients such as Calcium and Iron that your body constantly needs. The trick to avoiding any stomach burns is simply to do what I do and that is take YOGURT afterwards. I once ingested 10 capsules at one time with plenty of yogurt afterwards and believe me I felt a pleasant warm sensation in my stomach as a result of balancing the PH level in my stomach.

The results were immediate afterwards since I got rid of the feeling that food seemed to be stuck in my stomach. Furthermore, after about 15 minutes or so I felt so light as if my stomach was empty but without the feeling of being hungry. You need to understand that stomach acid actually stimulates all your digestive organs to functioning at an optimum level so important for maintaining a good healthy digestive system.

I don't regard taking HCL Betaine as a cure but rather as a supplement because I realize that the aging process will, over time naturally reduce my stomach acid. That in the long run would only compromise my health and thus reduce my life expectancy.

There are two ways in which a lack of stomach acid can literary destroy your health (1) promote harmful bacterial growth (2) reduce your ability to absorb vital nutrients.

Now I consume HCL Betaine like it was water and each time always feel so much better afterwards. In fact, past testimonials from many members of this site would confirm how it has succeeded in improving their own health almost immediately afterwards. Again you must always use common sense and make sure you balance your PH with alkaline forming food which today is so plentiful.

If you hesitate on the values of taking HCL Betaine then just Google on the health benefits of this product. You will be able to recognize that no matter how healthy is your diet, you could never benefit from it unless your body can absorb the nutrients properly! Just think about this for a minute!!!!!

HCL Betaine can dissolve food at the molecular level in the form that is so critical for the proper nutrients to enter into your bloodstream. Otherwise improper food absorption could only lead to fermentation inside your body that always eventually end up poisoning your entire body over time. This being the leading cause of constipation that is among many other types of diseases of the digestive system.

If more people would consume HCL Betaine then you will be amazed on the vast number of diseases that could be prevented. After all, you cannot deny that the human digestive system is a vital key component to overall health.

The more you understand about the significant properties of HCL Betaine for overall health the less you will fear it in the end.


Betaine Hcl
Posted by Mandy (Orlando, Usa) on 12/23/2011

Please don't try six capsules at once. I realize I'm a little late from the date you posted this. But, that's not how you do that. You start out with one capsule with a meal, then if there's no burning you take two capsules with the next meal. You can keep doing that, or you can raise it up to three capsules per meal.

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Susana (Doha, Qatar) on 11/16/2011

Hi Mike,

I got the Betaine yesterday and still have not started it. The brand is NOW. I am scared to try 6 capsules all at once! But I will do so. Will report back. Susan

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Mike (Montreal, Quebec) on 11/02/2011

You are not being very specific when you say you feel a little discomfort ... ???

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Susan (Doha, Qatar) on 11/01/2011


I took on empty stomach 2TBSP of ACV with 1/4 tsp of baking soda, I used Ted's recipe, but I dont recall feeling any burning sensation. After drinking it in a cup of water, I had my breakfast which was 1 c of skimmed milk with cereal at work and now I am having a little discomfort. What could be wrong? Does it take a few times to show up? I don't want to feel hopeless.

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Mike (Montreal, Quebec) on 10/29/2011

Hello Susan, good to hear from you again. Only after you have tried Betaine HCL will you have a better idea on what's going on inside your stomach. You ingest 6 capsules or more all at once before or during each meal but never on an empty stomach otherwise you will experience heartburn unless you drink plenty of water afterwards. In the meantime, you can start taking 2 tablespoon of ACV in 1 glass of water or more if you are able to locate this product in your area. Let us know how you react to ACV since that would give us a clue on the acidity levels of your stomach until you receive your HCL Betaine capsules. Another thing you can also try, in the meantime, is eating pickles after each meal.

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Susan (Doha, Qatar) on 10/29/2011

Dear Mike,

Thank you for replying to my post. I have ordered Betaine HCL but it will take around 1 week to arrive. I am praying every minute that this cures what I have got! I will report back with anything new.

When you said ingest 6 capsules, is that at the same time or all day long?

I have tested for oral candida and always comes back negative, so I have no idea. The anti acid doesn't help me, either if I take them or not I feel the same.

Thanks Mike,

Regards, Susan

Betaine Hcl
Posted by Mike (Montreal, Quebec) on 10/26/2011

Susan based on your symptoms let's start with the following simple remedies that should improve your overall health.

You must first drink plenty of water, as much as you can.

You must absolutely take the stomach acid test whenever you feel bloated and unable to digest your food. This is an important step as it will confirm if whether or not your stomach is producing enough acid to control the pathogens in your body.

The only way to determine if you are secreting a proper amount of acid only when you feel you are not digesting your food properly or feeling bloated is to ingest a least 6 capsules Betaine HCL with plenty of water on a FULL stomach and notice the results after about 5 minutes. If your stomach suddenly feels very light and free from any pain then all along your stomach was not secreting enough acid to kill off the excess pathogens that appears to have invaded your body. IMMEDIATELY STOP if you feel worse after taking HCL Betaine. Make sure you use good quality HCL tablets. If taking Betaine HCL does not improve your condition then switch to ACV instead as this has the ability to kill off the type of pathogens often not possible by using Betaine HCL.

You must increase your pro-biotic intake by eating plenty of Yogurt more often.

Obviously your immune system is taking quite a hit so I recommend you surf on the internet and find what type of food are well known to rebuild the immune system and stick to eating these types of food for a long period of time until your problem goes away. Some examples are pure orange juice, pumpkin seeds because of the high Zinc content, large amount of carrots juice to name a few.

It's clear that you must stop eating processed food at once and increase your fresh vegetable content in your diet. That will make your body more alkaline and more resistant to pathogens.

The blood on your tongue could be caused by Candida overgrowth so you can visit this site and try oil pulling to clean your tongue and at the same time detox your entire body.

Read what many say about how they feel after a couple of days of oil pulling. It's worth a try.

There are still so many other things you can do but for now try the above and let us know the results after a couple of days. I am sure this will make you feel much better.


Betaine Hcl
Posted by Susan (Doha, Qatar) on 10/26/2011

Dear Mike,

I have a huge problem that has haunted me since Dec 2009. I believe my issue was induced by a medication. I was taking without prescription, given by a friend, a weight loss pill. I was having a pill on empty stomach, a day. After like 4 days I started having few symptoms like: dry mouth, heartburn, I felt like my mouth was burning, insomnia, I felt something stuck in my throat, nauseous like I wanted to vomit.. I told my friend I wanted to stop it, but since she was taking it too for a month she assured me those symptoms will go away in another week, so I continued taking it since I wanted to lose weight badly, and after the second week I couldn't take it anymore! :( My mouth was on fire!! I looked in the mirror and I saw cuts on my tongue! It was white coated, specially once I wake up it was like white and as day goes by it looks better.. So I got so nervous and scared of what was happening to me, and I stopped the pills. I prayed that this would go away. But everything did except my mouth issues! My tongue was still cracked, and soooooooo dry. The saliva was so sticky, and the taste of my mouth was different. I still have all this symptoms till now. Sometimes I get like a tingling sensation - I describe it as if I have fireworks on my tongue and exploding slowly! - weird but true.

On May 2010, after waiting for feel better, I went to a Gastro and had endoscopy, he said I had extra acid and put me on Nexium. After a month I went to my home country and went to an ENT, he had an upped endoscopy done and told me I had to control my acid, and prescribed Pariet and Nasonex which is a nasal spray. I had to have for 3 months 2 Pariet pills and 2 sprays of Nasonex on nose, and last 3 months no Nasonex, and 1 Pariet pill. He promised me I would be healed by then! But sadly I wasn't, and I live miserable still.

In July 2011 I went back home and also saw a thyroid doctor, my mom said what if it was thryroid related, he then had blood tests done ruled out any thyroid problem. But sent me to ENT, at ENT he examined everything but said he needs to do exams to rule out Sjogern Syndrome, I was like WHAT!! NOT THAT! , then he sent me to Dermatologist and joints doctor. Both ruled out Sjogern. So no one helped me there also!!

I came back home and went to another gastro, I told him I'm feeling a lot of pain in my stomach. I wasn't feeling that before. I told him I have always felt like bloated as if I don't digest my food. I am one of those who feel constipated most of the times. He prescribed anti acid and I am taking that. Let me tell you that I dont feel better after taking anti acids!! I dont know why!! And also, forgot to mention that my tongue bleeds. Its like something pinched it and a drop of blood comes out. I see it only when I feel something on my tongue and once I check on mirror I see the blood! This has happened like twice.

I am female, 29 years old, non smoker, and I have never drank. I have suffered in my teenage years from bulimia, and I was treated for it. I admit that my food intake isn't the best but I don't have a lot of processed food! We eat all week at home and only 1 max 2 days a week outside..

I don't know what to do, I am desperate. We want to try for baby number 2 but it seems impossible feeling like this. My husband thinks I'm crazy and he sometimes shows as if I am crazy. I am not, and it drives me insane people think it is not a big deal and I am making a big deal out of it. But this is serious and I feel it has put a pause on my life. I haven't been the same since then and I regret taking that pill that day :( Please help me?

Should I take Betaine? To be honest I ordered one online and I also ordered those DGL chewable licorice and I am willing to try anything to get back my life.

Thank you all,

Cell Food
Posted by Lucie (Tempe, Az) on 07/06/2011

I appreciate your concern about scams, but that was not my question to Earth Clinic site users. I continue to experience a perfectly clear, geographic-free tongue and wish for my question to be answered specifically by GT sufferers who have actually tried Cell Food, and to provide their comments and actual experience with Cell Food as it relates to their geographic tongue situation. Thank you.

Cell Food
Posted by Saba (Mentor, Oh) on 07/03/2011

Warning - There is a lot of negative review on this product, just look up Cell Food. Most review says it's a SCAM. Just thought I would share this. Thanks.

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Mike (Montreal, Quebec) on 07/02/2011

Hello Steven, its nice to hear from someone with similar digestive issues as mine and always happy to share my success with. I have been using pure HCL Betaine for close to 2 years now and would like to share with others in this forum some of my very unique experience with this product.

First of all, ACV seems to be the most popular product in this forum and although I have used it quite extensively in the past, Betaine HCL is by far more superior then everyone is led to believe only if you know how and when to use it. The reason is that Betaine HCL has three major properties that no other natural product of its kind can surpass: (1) helps to absorb major nutrients such calcium, iron and zinc. (2) stimulates the pancreas and gallbladder to function properly thereby reducing the risk of diabetes and gallstones (3) controls bacterias and fungi against the spreading of toxicity to all parts of the body which can result in the occurrence of white tongue and its associated symptoms.

(1) is significant because the lack of absorption for calcium means that it will solidify and eventually be deposited elsewhere in the body which in the long run can cause major damage to many specific parts of the body. Everyone known that lack of iron in the body causes many health problems. As for zinc, lack of it would result into a weakening of the immune system which offers major protection against all sort of diseases including cancer

(2) major cause of gallstone is the lack of gallbladder stimulation that result in excessive deposit of gallstone which if left to accumulate in the gallbladder can be life threatening should a stone permanently block the main bile duct that would allow enzymes to eat away at your pancreas. The most life threatening cancer today is that of the pancreas and chances are by the proper stimulation of this vital digestive organ would allow it to become more resistant to any form of pancreatic diseases.

(3) is the root cause of heartburn, frequent indigestion, complete destruction of the gallbladder and overall body toxicity that can lead to white tongue.

I doubt you can find a better natural product to produce all of the above important benefits for your entire digestive system. Not even ACV comes close to this!!!! METHOD OF INGESTING BETAINE HCL THAT WORKS: After I suffered two major heartburn, I decided to increase my vegetable intake to 80% and eliminate all form of junk food. I can remember one evening staring at a bottle of Betaine HCL and deciding whether or not I should try this product in view of the fact that I have suffered unspeakable pain from 2 earlier heartburns. I thought to myself that this would be like adding gasoline to fire if I consumed this product. So my final decision was to go ahead and take 6 tablets (3 grams) of it and prepare myself for the worst just for experimentation because at that time I was very desperate to resolve what I considered a major health crisis. The outcome shocked me as I could not believe what was happening to me. I had the impression that this product acted like a real TRANQUILIZER that actually made me very sleepy within 5 minutes of absorbing these capsules.

I eventually figured out that I was so toxic with pathogens in my digestive system that the HCL Betaine literally killed them off and as a result my body was not fighting it anymore. It was relief from this exhaustion that put me in a complete relaxed state of mind. Very similar to experiencing sudden relief after a major toothache episode. So whenever I feel that after a meal my food seems to get stuck in my stomach, then I pop a few HCL betaine capsule and within minutes the food seems to follow a normal course of action inside my stomach and as a result I feel much better especially knowing that there will be a much greater absorption of vital nutrients in my body. What is needed is quality research for the future to determine the level of absorption of vital nutrients in relation to the quantity of HCL Betains ingested.

Another significant benefit of this product I discovered is the improved appearance of my stool color. This is generally a very important indicator for the state of your whole digestive system. My stool color was always yellowish that would signified poor gallbladder functionality which in the long term can lead to its complete lack of functionality. When a gall bladder is no longer functioning, it begins to dissolved itself in the body from bacterial infections that can result into a life threatening situation unless it is removed as quickly as possible. Since I began consuming large amount of Betaine HCL, almost immediately I notice my stool color has returned to normal brown color indicating that my gallbladder is still very active. If everyone would pay more attention to Betaine HCL than ACV then I am convinced people in this forum will experience much better health results.

At the present time, each capsule cost me around 7 cents but the greater absorption capability of vital nutrients that keeps me very healthy means I need to eat LESS food for the same health benefits and thus can easily recuperate this cost in extra food I normally would have to consume not mentioning extra supplements required for controlling excessive pathogenic growth because of poor levels of stomach acid. There you have it! What most of us may be overlooking could provide each and everyone of us with much better functionality of the entire digestive system that in the end would result to considerable improvement to overall health condition. Those with ulcers must be aware of the potential risks of this product unless it is used in conjunction with baking soda or any other highly alkalizing natural products. There are no side effects of Betaine HCL other than excessive stomach acid which by the way can never be refluxed back into your esophagus because of the absence of bacterias that normally cause sufficient pressure to displace any amount of stomach acid upward.

It is bacterias that cause heartburn not excessive stomach acid as doctors would want you to believe. The symptoms of excessive stomach acid is a burning tongue and mild upset stomach which is generally easily relieved by consuming dairy products or baking soda without any risk of damaging your esophagus that in the very long run could lead to cancer of the esophagus. I am hoping that this post will instigate many to come forward and describe their own success story with this product which I believe will far outweigh any success achieved by using any other natural product. Because HCL is naturally produce by the body there can never be any overall serious side effects in experimenting with this product especially in view of all scientific literature supporting the importance of always maintaining good levels of stomach acid in the body.

Cell Food
Posted by Lucie (Tempe, Az) on 07/02/2011

I've been using 8 drops of Cellfood in a glass of water 3 times a day (total of 24 drops per day) for two weeks and noticed that my GT has completely cleared up. It began calming down the very first day, was clear by the third day, and now my tongue has been beautifully smooth and pink for almost two weeks. I would like to know if anyone else has experienced positive results with Cellfood? I stumbled on it by accident---a clerk at my favorite health food store recommended it for general energy and wellbeing, for which it is excellent, but could the GT possibly be helped or cured as well?

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Steven (Somewhere, Netherlands) on 07/01/2011

Hi Mark,

I had/have the same problem as you as far as my memory goes back. I'm now 23 and have a memory of me asking my mom, ''why is my tongue so white?! '' and her answer was ''o, it's nothing, it will go away on its own honey don't worry''. Of course it never did. Since the age 12 I became very aware of my condition and was very ashamed of it. This condition took my confidence and influenced my life in a bad way for the next 11 years. I also had/have very bad breath that smells like rotten eggs or even worse a human flatus (fart).

I also have post nasal drip, which I sometimes can get under control. I rinse my nose every morning with 500ml water a teaspoon of salt and 8 drops of GSE for nutribiotics regular strength. When I do that, 8 out of 10 days I don't have post nasal drip, but when I have it it smells really bad.

Since one week I'm using digestive ''plant enzymes'' from NOW foods and ''super enzymes'' from NOW foods. Since I've been using these my tongue coating which was white and sometimes yellow and looked hairy, is slowly disappearing and I seem to have way more saliva now and it's only been 7 days.

My doctor prescribed me proton pump inhibitors for my complaint of acid reflux and that made my reflux worse. Only since 4 days I know that the symptoms of to much stomach acid and too little stomach acid are exactly the same! So I definitely am going to try taking betaine HCL with my meals to see if my symptoms will disappear even faster. NOTE: my ''super enzymes'' from now foods contain already 200mg of betaine HCL.

I think it's great that you took the time twice to write down your problem and your solution. You're a good person Mike. Hope you read this.

Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
Posted by Mike (Montreal, Quebec) on 06/20/2011

Reading many posts over the last year and a half I could not help noticed how so many people are suffereing from white tounge syndrome. I to have suffered from white tongue just at a time when I suddenly experience major heartburns for the first time in my life. During that period of time I can remember that my tongue was gradually becoming white until in a matter of days it became COMPLETELY white. I took this matter very lightly thinking that I can easily find a product to cure it from my local health food store. Boy was I in for a surprize!!! I must have tried 10 different products from placing RAW garlic on my tongue to scraping it using hydrogen peroxide! I visited a couple of dentists and each denied there was a problem primarely because they did not want to expose their ignorance on this matter.

After a year and a half, my tougue has finally return to its normal red color. The purpose of this post is to explain the general theory behind white tongue and suggest a single treatment that has worked for me in my particular case which may not necessairly work for everyone. The body releases its toxins through many avenues, the tongue being one of them. The white mucous is really the bodys nutural clear mucuous filled with dead bacterias. Those bacterias originate from the digestive system since the tougue is connected to it.

The only way that you can cure white tounge is that you must first go through a complete detox program. Then gradually your tongue will become red again and the color of your urine clear. Betaine HCL and oil of oregano are very powerful digestive desinfectant that you must consume along with A VERY AGGRESSIVE DIET OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND NO MORE JUNK FOOD. You must rebuild your immune by changing your eating habits to largely include fresh vegetables.

One very noticeable impact on my condition was the consumption of RAW cabbage during each meal for long periods of time. This vegetable is unique in the sense that it does effectively kill pathogens in your body and at the same feed the good bacterias. Looking back its been the worst illness I have ever tried to cure that prove very costly in the end in terms of supplements which everyone knows are extremely expensive at the health food store. In dealing with white tongue you must use common sense and ingest all foods that have the reputation of killing bacterias and fungus and of course NO MORE JUNK FOOD! my two cents ...

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