Mouth ulcers can be a painful and uncomfortable experience, and traditional Mouth Ulcer Treatment may not always be effective. Fortunately, Ayurvedic medicine offers a natural and holistic approach to treating mouth ulcers. In this blog post, we will explore the various Ayurvedic treatments for mouth ulcers, as well as how to prevent them in the first place. We will also discuss the potential benefits of Ayurvedic medicine and how it can help you achieve relief from mouth ulcers. By the end of this post, you will have a better understanding of how to treat and prevent mouth ulcers using Ayurvedic medicine.

Ayurvedic Treatments for Mouth Ulcers

A mouth ulcer is a sore that develops in the soft tissue lining of your gums, tongue, inner cheeks, lips, or palate. Mouth ulcers are also known as aphthous ulcers. They can occur independently with no underlying cause and are not contagious.

Though harmless these ulcers are painful and can make it difficult to eat, drink or even brush the teeth. The ulcers affect all age groups and individuals and have been linked to serious conditions such as HIV and AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, diabetes, and so on. Usually, mouth ulcers heal on their own and yet, to minimize the complications topical antiseptic gels or solutions, or steroid ointments are recommended.1,2,3,4,5

Mouth Ulcers Causes 1,4,5,6

Mouth ulcers can occur due to irritation from:

  • Broken or sharp tooth
  • Sharp and poorly fit dentures or braces
  • Biting tongue, cheeks, or lips
  • Intake of very hot food or drinks which burns the tissue in the oral cavity
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Infections such as herpes virus, coeliac disease, etc.
  • Autoimmune epithelial tissue damage due to compromised immunity such as HIV, leukemia, etc.
  • Nutritional disorders such as vitamin deficiencies
  • Stress may also trigger ulcers in the mouth
  • Inadequate sleep

Mouth Ulcer symptoms7

  • Painful sores that may be yellow, red, or white colored
  • Surrounding areas look red colored
  • Pain increases when you eat, drink, or talk
  • Ulcers can occur in single or in clusters

Mouth Ulcer Treatment

Mouth Ulcer Treatment consists of both topical and systemic treatment. The treatment focuses on reducing the pain in the mouth ulcer, healing ulcers, and preventing reoccurrence.

Ayurvedic treatments for mouth ulcers

What does Ayurveda say about mouth ulcers?

Mouth ulcers are described as mukhapaka in Ayurveda; where the word “mukha” means mouth and “paka” refers to ulceration or suppuration.

The etiology for mouth ulcers as explained in Ayurveda literature is as follows: excess intake of ruksha (dry), laghu (light), teekshna (very spicy, hot), khara (very rough) food items, disturbed or improper sleep, food items which aggravate vata and pitta dosha, insufficient intake of water or liquids, excess talk, poor oral hygiene, improper brushing of teeth, stress etc. lead to aggravation of pitta dosha in gastrointestinal tract and thus forming ulcers in mouth.

The features of mukha paka are as follows; pain, ulcers, and tingling sensation in the mouth, burning sensation and painful ulcers over the lips burning while masticating the food, crackling at the angles of the mouth, watering of the mouth, tastelessness, dissatisfaction even after taking sufficient water, persistent headache, difficulty while swallowing the food, etc.8

Ayurvedic treatments for mouth ulcers

Ayurvedic treatments for mouth ulcers are considered one of the best natural ways to treat mouth ulcers. Depending on the severity treatments may begin with some simple home remedies to ayurvedic medicines. Shodhana/Panchakarma (purificatory) therapy is advised if the mouth ulcers are chronic in nature while local applications with sheetala dravya (cooling agents) and gandusha (mouth gargling) are recommended in mild to moderate intensity mukha paka.8

Ayurvedic Mouth Ulcer Medicines

Various types of ayurvedic medicines in the form of powders, decoctions, pills, and herbal jams are used according to the dosha predominance. A few commonly used are as follows

  1. Aragwadhadi kashayam
  2. Chandanadi kashayam
  3. Gandharvahastadi kashayam
  4. Gugguluthiktakam kashayam
  5. Guluchyadi kashayam
  6. Mahathiktaka kashayam
  7. Nimbadi kashayam
  8. Patoladi kashayam
  9. Triphala Choorna
  10. Yasthimadhu Choorna
  11. Sapthacchadadi kashayam
  12. Arimedadi thailam
  13. Avipathi choorna
  14. Thiktaka Ghrita
  15. Mahatiktaka Ghrita
  16. Kadiradi Vati

Diet and Lifestyle to be followed

Foods rich in zinc include pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, beans, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy products. Vitamin B12-rich foods like raw eggs, whey powder, milk, yogurt, whole cow milk, chicken, etc.

Drink liquids with your meals, sip cool drinks in between your meals, rinse your mouth several times a day with clean water and medicated liquid, use a toothbrush with soft bristles, proper dentures are a few lifestyles to be followed.8,9

Ayurvedic treatments for mouth ulcers

Mouth Ulcer Home Remedy 8,10,11,12,13

  • Baking soda: make a thick paste of equal amounts of baking soda and water and apply it over the ulcers allowing them to dry. Gargle with water once the application is dried.
  • Garlic: Take one clove and cut it into half and dab over the ulcer spot for one to two minutes and then rinse the mouth. This can be done twice a day.
  • Cabbage juice: Boil raw cabbage sufficiently and make a puree of it. Drink this juice two to three times a day.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one cup of warm water is mixed thoroughly. Rinsing the mouth with this solution can help heal mouth ulcers.
  • Honey: The application of honey is beneficial in treating mouth ulcers.
  • Coconut oil:
    a. Application of coconut oil is also a remedy.
    b. equal parts of coconut oil and honey are mixed well and made into a paste and applied to the ulcers.
  • Ghee: The application of ghee over ulcers along with turmeric or coconut oil is beneficial.
  • Clove oil application: A small piece of cotton dipped in clove oil and applied over the ulcers until the affected tissue absorbs the oil. The precaution to be taken is that the mouth has to be rinsed before the application.
  • Coconut milk: Gargling with coconut milk three to four times a day cures ulcers.
  • Turmeric powder: A paste of turmeric powder and water is applied over the ulcers two times a day and then rinsed with water.
  • Licorice: powder of licorice mixed with water and honey helps in cleansing the stomach and also the oral cavity which in turn gives relief from mouth ulcers.
  • Tulsi leaves: Chewing fresh tulsi leaves and then rinsing the mouth is helpful.
  • Coriander seed powder: The powder is mixed with water and kept overnight. The next morning it is filtered and consumed on an empty stomach.
  • Jasmine leaves: Jasmine leaves are chewed to a paste and held in the mouth which heals the mouth ulcers.
  • Lemon water: One lemon is squeezed into a glass of lukewarm water. Drink or rinse the mouth with lemon water three to four times a day.
  • Saltwater: A tablespoon of salt is mixed in a glass of lukewarm water and used for gargling to treat mouth ulcers.
  • Aloe vera juice: Drinking or rinsing with aloe vera juice is one of the remedies to heal mouth ulcers.
  • Guava: Tender leaves or fruit buds of guava are chewed to reduce mouth ulcers.
  • Five raisins and five almonds are soaked in water overnight and taken the next day morning.

When to see a doctor1

If the mouth ulcers appear frequently or do not get healed even after a time period of two weeks; or are associated with fever, severe pain, or diarrhea, a physician’s advice is necessary.


Mouth ulcers are not an independent disease but a condition that may not require immediate medical intervention and instead be treated with simple and common home remedies. Although not a severe condition yet these ulcers are painful and hence eating, drinking, and talking become difficult for an individual when affected. 

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient form of healing that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including mouth ulcers. Ayurvedic mouth ulcer treatment helps to heal mouth ulcers naturally and prevents their reoccurrence.

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References and citations

  1. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21766-mouth-ulcer
  2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandteratments/mouth-ulcers
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317984
  4. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouth_ulcer
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  12. https://www.jiva.com/blog/4-effective-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-mouth-ulce
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  14. Gasmi Benahmed A, Noor S, Menzel A, Gasmi A. Oral Aphthous: Pathophysiology, Clinical Aspects and Medical Treatment. Arch Razi Inst. 2021 Nov 30;76(5):1155-1163. doi: 10.22092/ari.2021.356055.1767. PMID: 35355774; PMCID: PMC8934078.

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