Cankers occur as sores in the mouth, either on the tongue, inside of the cheeks, on lips, or gums. They usually have a white center, surrounded by a red border. They can appear quickly but often leave just as quickly and are frequently indications of poor nutrition, or a chemical imbalance. Cankers often occur during festive seasons, or harvest times, when a person over consumes certain foods such as chocolate, tomatoes or oranges. They can be caused by a mild food allergy or sensitivity, stress, or poor gastrointestinal tract condition.

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If you are over consuming a food, stop. Often a cleanse like the D-tox Diet is indicated to help balance out body chemistry. A more alkaline diet, full of fresh vegetables, is almost always indicated. Sometimes cankers can be caused by rancid oils. By simply taking some non-rancid oil (especially Vitamin E or Essential Fatty Acid oil) and applying it in the mouth, the canker will usually go away. If dietary changes don’t affect the canker within a week, probably a hair analysis is indicated to see if there is a body chemistry imbalance.

Single Herbs: Chlorella, Garlic, Goldenseal, Burdock, Red Clover, Pau D’arco, Dandelion, Evening Primrose Oil.

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin C (2,000-5,000 mg daily), Vitamin E (400 IU), Zinc (15-50 mg daily), Lactobacillus acidophilus, L-lysine (500 mg, twice daily).