Sjogren’s syndrome: 3 natural tips for dry mouth

I recently was invited to the Sjogren’s Society of Canada Support Group here in Ottawa to give a presentation on naturopathic medicine for treating Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune conditions that affects the eyes and the mouth with the main symptom being dryness.

In my presentation I discussed the naturopathic approach to regulating the immune system and managing autoimmune conditions.  I also discussed specific advice for managing the dryness symptoms associated with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

I’d like to share with you 3 natural tips for dealing with dry mouth:

1. Eat some bitter foods! Bitter foods stimulates your salivary glands to make more saliva, thus moisturizing the mouth.  Bitter foods include lemon water, apple cider vinegar, dandelion, endive, radicchio.   Gentian in a tincture form is a common herb which stimulates digestion. 2-3 drops before a meal will get your juices flowing!

Here’s a delicious recipe for fennel, endive and radicchio salad!

2. Chew a probiotic gum: Mouth dryness can lead to bad breath because the bacterial flora that normally lives in the mouth is altered.  Chewing a gum that contains probiotics can help restore the healthy flora and reduce bad breath.  The act of chewing itself also stimulates your salivary glands to release more saliva.  Probiotic gum can help treat and reduce the incidence of thrush; a Candida infection in the mouth.  Gums containing probiotics are readily available at health food stores.

3.  Chamomile tea: Chronic dry mouth can lead to painful mouth sores and ulcers.  Boiling some chamomile tea and applying the bag to the sores reduces inflammation and pain.  Gargling and rinsing the mouth with cooled chamomile tea will keep the tissue in your mouth healthy.

Overall, treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome is complex and multifactorial but there are many natural treatments that can help.  If you or someone you know would like to learn more about naturopathic medicine for the treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome please contact me for more information.

Also, if you would like the contact information for the support group here in Ottawa contact me and I can pass that along as well.

Here’s some pictures from the talk!

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About drellensimonend
Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

One Response to Sjogren’s syndrome: 3 natural tips for dry mouth

  1. mohon ali says:

    Thanks for your tips.those tips very helpful.Thank you
    how to get rid of dry mouth
    dry mouth remedy

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