Oral lichen planus (OLP) is an inflammatory condition affecting the mucous membranes inside the mouth (inner surface of the cheeks, tongue, gums inner surface of lips and palate). This condition leads to the development of white, lacy patterned lesions or sores in the mouth. Homeopathic medicines for oral lichen planus help heal the lesions and sores and also treat the attending symptoms like pain, burning sensation, and bleeding from the lesions. Merc Sol. Plantago and Borax are the top homeopathic medicines for oral lichen planus.
Oral lichen planus is an auto-immune disease. The T-cells of the immune system get activated and attack the lining of the mouth, resulting in inflammation and lesions. Some trigger factors linked with oral lichen planus include hepatitis C virus infection, some medicines (like those used for high blood pressure and diabetes), mouth injury, allergic reaction to dental materials like dental fillings. Oral lichen planus is also seen to run in families.
Homeopathic Treatment of Oral Lichen Planus (OLP)
There are excellent medicines in homeopathy to treat cases of oral lichen planus. The homeopathic medicines are of natural origin and ensure safe and natural recovery in cases of oral lichen planus. These remedies are selected individually as per the prominent features presented.
Homeopathic Medicines for Oral Lichen Planus
Merc Sol – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Oral Lichen Planus
Merc Sol is a natural medicine for oral lichen planus and works very effectively in cases where there are red and inflamed patches in the mucous membrane of the mouth. Multiple sores appear in the mouth along with lesions inside the cheeks, tongue and the gums. The sores may be painful and have a burning sensation. The mouth and gums are inflamed with sores that tend to bleed. The tongue is thickly coated along with a with a characteristic symptom of excessive saliva in the mouth. A bad, offensive, fetid odor from the mouth is present in a majority of the cases. A metallic, coppery taste in the mouth is present along with the above symptoms.
Plantago – Natural Remedy for Oral Lichen Planus
Plantago is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from a plant Plantago major commonly known by the name of Ribwort. This plant belongs to the natural order Plantaginaceae. Plantago works well in cases where there are sores in the mouth and bleeding from the gums attended with a putrid smell from the mouth. The tongue is also coated white. In my clinical practice, Plantago has proved to be highly effective in many of my patients suffering from oral lichen planus.
Borax – For Oral Lichen Planus with Painful Sores in Mouth
Borax is next very useful homeopathic remedy for oral lichen planus cases. Its use is considered in cases where there are painful, tender sores in the mouth are present. Mostly the sores appear on the tongue and inner surface of the cheeks. The sores (especially on the tongue) may hurt due to movement of the tongue as well as spicy food. The sores on the inner surface of the cheek and tongue also tend to bleed. A heated sensation and a bitter taste in the mouth is predominantly present in the mouth along with lesions. Borax is also a well-indicated homeopathic remedy for oral lichen planus attended with fungal infections of the mouth.
Natrum Mur – For Oral Lichen Planus with Lesions with Burning Sensation
Natrum Mur is an effective homeopathic remedy for oral lichen planus lesions attended with a marked burning sensation. The sores appear on the tongue, inside the cheeks, and on the gums. There is an intense burning sensation in the sores. This is aggravated when food or drink comes in contact with the sore. The speech also becomes difficult due to the burning pains in the sores. The sores are also very sensitive.
Nitric Acid – For Stinging Pain in Sores in Oral Lichen Planus
Nitric Acid is a useful homeopathic medicine for managing stinging pain in the sores of oral lichen planus. In some cases, pricking and splinter-like pains are present. The sores are present inside the cheeks, the inner side of lips and edges of the tongue. The sores are deep and have a swollen surface. The tongue may be coated white or yellow coated. A foul odor from the mouth is also present.
Kali Mur – For Oral Lichen Planus with Sores and Fungal Infection of Mouth
Kali Mur is a natural medicine indicated for oral lichen planus with sores and fungal infection of the mouth, in a manner similar to homeopathic medicine Borax. The sores form inside the cheeks and lips and are white with a grey base. There may be stinging and burning sensation along with a sour taste in the mouth. The breath is fetid, and the tongue is coated greyish white.
Phosphorus – For Oral Lichen Planus with Bleeding from Sores
Phosphorus is a natural medicine for treating cases of oral lichen planus. In cases requiring Phosphorus, the sores appear on the inner surface of the cheek, tongue, gums and the palate (roof of the mouth). These sores tend to bleed easily. Increase in watery saliva is well noted with bleeding lesions. The saliva may have a salty or sweet taste.
Kreosote – For Oral Lichen Planus with Sores and Inflammation of Gums
Homeopathic medicine Kreosote offers a natural cure for oral lichen planus in cases where there are sores and inflammation present on the gums. Those affected may have bluish red, ulcerated, inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily. A putrid odor from the mouth is also present in most cases.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Lichen Planus
The lesions in oral lichen planus appear in the form of white, lacy, thread-like patches/as red, swollen, painful patchy lesions, or as sores in the mouth. The lesions may appear on the inner surface of cheeks, tongue, inner surface of lips, gums, and palate. The sores can be painful, may have a burning sensation and may bleed too. Eating, drinking, speaking worsens the pain mostly. The sores may be sensitive to hot and spicy food. Some complications of lichen planus include intense pain in lesions, stress, scarring of lesions, fungal infection in the mouth, and weight loss when the person avoids eating because it causes pain in sores and increases the risk of mouth cancer.