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.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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!
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
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!
Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
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.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START USING BETAINE HCL ?
Here is a simply way to determine if you really have a serious low acidic stomach and I must caution you it is not pretty to talk about!
(1):When there is much undigested food particles in your stools.
(2):Your stools becomes small in size, consistently yellowish in color and mostly sinking.
(3):Whenever you consume fat or meat, your stools are very smelly. The main role of Stomach acid is to convert proteins to peptides for easier assimilation, stimulate the flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes.
(4):Excessive stomach gas and bloating after a meal. I was suffering from all of the above and clearly saw concrete results from my stool appearance as being floating, larger in size, dark brown colored with the consistency of toothpaste. That is considered as normal stool for a healthy individual. Since then my stool has never reappeared as yellowish in color! The subject of gallstone is an explosive subject on the internet. Did you know that the low PH of Stomach acid actually STIMULATES the liver to producing bile? Low stomach acid causes the liver to be sluggish which in turn leads to the formation of dangerous gallstones in the gall bladder because bile does not flow properly into the gallbladder causing thickening of bile fluid that eventually produces stones.
Tommy, I have the Pylori bacteria from a blood test only and have been on BETAINE HCL for many months now and I can state firmly that I never experience the type of stomach pain attributed to the common Pylori infection. I will know soon if this bacteria is in fact active in my system from a urea breath test that I will be taking in 3 weeks from now. If the test is positive then that will explain why my stomach produces such little acid and put in doubt your theory that the Pylori bacteria thrive in an acidic environment. The internal structure of the stomach lining is of course much less acidic than the stomach itself. How do you explain the fact that the Pylori bacteria always prefer to live and grow inside the stomach lining being the main reason behind the inability of our immune system to destroy it ? Thanks
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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.
Fissured Tongue Remedies
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.
Fissured Tongue Remedies
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.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Iodine
Selenium helps control cancer cells and iodine can lower selenium and selenium can lower iodine, Keep them in balance for health:
Then there is magnesium, the muscle mineral ~ tongue
Dietary Changes, Betaine Hcl, Oregano Oil
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!
use YOGART!! :D
A safer and equally effective solution is to use apple cider vinegar with your meals. Lemon juice from a freshly squeezed lemon is also equally good to help digestion. 1 tblspn of either or in a small amount of water or pomegranate juice is perfect. Other juices are not really as good as pomegrante juice as pomegranate juice is so high in antioxidants that it is in itself a mineral supplement, and other juices are not as safe in that they have high fructose corn syrup etc in them. This recommendation is very effective in elminating digestion problems. It truly works, give it a try. Good luck, Ellen
To answer your first question is that ACV is only alkaline at the tail end of the digestive process. The same applies to lemon juice as well. Initially when ACV is ingested it is at this point extremely acidic in the stomach and becomes quite capable of reducing and even preventing heartburn. But that is really a band aid solution because ACV does not have the same vital chemical features HCL is capable of. As mentioned earlier ACV works just because it reduces the PH value of the stomach being the main trigger mechanism for keeping the valve shut against escaping acid into the esophagus. That is why it is so effective in preventing heartburn. You could have just as well used another type of vinegar with the same results as long as it has an extremely low PH value. The pylori bacteria can survive only because it is capable of hiding inside the stomach lining away from stomach acid. HCL will serve to only make it very difficult for the pylori bacteria to move around in the stomach and thus render it almost completely inactive.
On the other hand, very low stomach acid will allow this bacteria to navigate very freely and that is how the bacteria can do most harm to the body! There are of course specific treatment programs just for the Pylori bacteria that does not involve HCL and should be followed to eradicate it at once if its existence is confirmed inside the stomach. Sufficient stomach acid only serves to decrease its mobility inside the stomach. I hope this has answered all of your questions.
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,
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.
I had a very red, sore tongue for over a year. Went to an ENT who tried antibiotics & also zinc. Nothing helped. I eventually had a spectracell blood analysis done to determine what vitamins I was deficient in, although this was done for general health and not related to the sore tongue issue. As it turned out I was deficient in 5 vitamins including folate. When reading up on the symptoms of folate deficiency I was surprised to see sore tongue as one of them. After taking folate for just a few days the red, tender tongue was cured. I was also deficient in B12 which I see others have indicated might be involved w/ sore tongue issues. Hope this helps someone out there!
For over 5 years I have had a burning tongue, sore gums and a coated tongue. Has anyone tried Oil Pulling for these symptoms?
I had burning tongue for very long time and then i went to dentist and remove all my amalgam filings (metal fillings) and my tongue is fine now(sorry for spelling).
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.
Black Tongue Remedies
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
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?
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.
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
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....
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.
Fissured Tongue Remedies
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?