Aphthae are painful-inflammatory (inflammatory) changes (erosions) of the oral mucosa. These can cause great discomfort to the patient for about 3 to 4 days, as pain in the area of the aphtae occurs at every meal when irritated by food. Homeopathy can provide relief for aphthae and also ensures that the aphthae heal faster.
How it comes to the formation of aphthae is not yet clearly clarified, but it is assumed that several factors contribute to the formation of aphthae. This is called a multifactorial cause. However, the painful aphthae in the mouth is probably caused by stress or a lack of vitamins (for example vitamin D) or iron.
The diagnosis of aphthae is a gaze diagnosis. This means that after a conversation with the patient (anamnesis) the doctor inspects the mouth and can tell that it is an aphtha by means of the location, shape and appearance of the mucous membrane erosion.
Aphtae are usually very painful changes in the mucosa. The pain occurs mainly when eating but also when speaking, because the aphthae is then irritated by eating or the mechanical movement of the mouth. Further symptoms are usually not present. As aphthae can sometimes become very large and painful, it is important to treat them in time and adequately.
Therapy /Treatment with homeopathy
The therapy of aphthae can vary greatly, but there is no one remedy that is predestined and best helps against aphthae. Rather, the symptom-oriented treatment of aphthae is in the foreground. This means that the symptoms of aphthae, especially the pain, should be alleviated and the duration of the disease reduced.
Homeopathy is suitable for symptom-oriented treatment of aphthae and shortens the duration of the disease. In general, it is important to know that the principle of homeopathy is to treat like with like. For example, if a certain poison from a plant causes gastrointestinal cramps, this poison is dosed in low doses and then used as a therapy for patients suffering from gastrointestinal cramps.
Because of the low dose of the poison, the body has to strengthen the immune defence against the poison, which also treats the gastro-intestinal cramps. Since the doses are extremely low, the danger of poisoning oneself is impossible. This principle of homeopathy can also be applied to aphthae.
The homeopathic treatment of aphtae is also very popular with small children, as homeopathy does not have any side effects and strengthens the infant’s immune system. However, it is important to discuss the therapeutic steps with a doctor, as infants in particular have a very sensitive immune system and there should be no undesirable side effects. If used correctly, an aphthae can be treated with homeopathy for infants as well as for adults.
There are different homeopathic remedies, also called globules, which can be used as a therapy for aphthae. They are available in different potencies. Which potency is suitable varies greatly from patient to patient and depends mainly on the severity of the illness.
It is therefore important that a patient consults his doctor and does not try to experiment with the globules himself. – Acidum hydrofluoricum: It is used for mucosal changes caused by acid, in the potencies D6 or D12. – Mercurius corrosivus: These are used for all forms of inflammation of the mucous membranes, including inflammatory bowel diseases.
Since aphthae is a disease of the oral mucosa, the globules also show good effects here. In general, Mercurius corrosivus is usually given in the potencies D6 or D12. – Acidum sulfuricum: It is used for ulcers in the area of the mouth.
There are also different potencies here. – Borax: This is obtained from a mineral that is rarely found in nature and is extracted from one of the 60 existing borax lakes worldwide. The globules are offered in the potencies D6 to D12.
Especially patients who are afraid of downward movements, be it professional or private, this remedy can help to treat the aphthae. – Carbo vegetabilis: These are globules which are mainly used for patients who have felt weak and powerless for a long time. This weakness can also lower the immune system and thus promote the development of aphthae.
Carbo vegetabilis therefore does not treat the aphthae directly, but ensures that the patient feels strengthened again and that the body’s own self-healing powers are activated, which then leads to the aphthae disappearing again. – Ammonium chloratum: These are used less frequently for the therapy of aphthae. They are particularly effective in patients who feel generally weak and powerless and in whom the aphthae were probably triggered by overstrain. They are available in the potencies D2 to D12. – Antimonium crudum: This remedy is used rather rarely and is particularly suitable for patients who have digestive problems in addition to the aphthae and suffer, for example, from a constant feeling of fullness or irritable bowel symptoms.