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Diet & Lichen Planus

A common plant may successfully treat oral lichen planus, a painful condition affecting the lining of the mouth.

September 21, 2010 |
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There’s another inflammatory auto-immune condition called oral lichen plan-us, in which your immune system attacks the lining of your mouth. This is what is looks like. It’s actually not that rare—strikes up to2% of the population. And there’s no cure, and the available treatments are pretty nasty in themselves—steroids, immunosuppressants. Sometimes, the lesions can even turn into cancer.
Thankfully, scientists just discovered a new treatment. A treatment with no side-effects. A treatment leading to remarkable clinical improvement in the vast majority of patients—even total remission. And it’s just a plant; a simple common plant. Which one is it?
Is it artichokes, celery root, fiddlehead ferns, Jerusalem artichokes—which are actually the roots of sunflowers, hence the term sunchoke, purslane, or watercress? I gave a hint when I said it was a common plant, it is in fact one of the most common plants in the world. Purslane.

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  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on alternative medicine. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/missreesa/ MissReesa

    I am currently taking 10 mg of prednisone for oral lichen planus and I would love to stop taking it for good! How much purslane so you have to eat daily to keep the lichen planus from flairing up?

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/aguccionesbcglobal-net/ aguccione@sbcglobal.net

      Hello MissReesa,
      Owning a dermatology practice I would like to know too! Start by adding parsllane to your salads. A recipe I have for a similar succulent- type plant is to quickly put the parslane in boiling water to slightly wilt it, drain it then add thinly slices of tomatoes. Monitor your progress. Clinically speaking, check with your doctor about immune deficiencies, as well as check with a biologic dentist for failed amalgams and/or a sensitivity to gold in your teeth. Additional inspiring links to the topic of immunity can be found here http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/immune-function/

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/marygreenleaf/ marygreenleaf

    Hello Dr. Greger,
    Thank you for this video!
    I have been diagnosed with oral lichen planus in the gums and will not do the nasty drug route, as it provides no clinical improvement or remission. I am eager to begin taking purslane, and like the previous commentators, would like to know how much to eat. The article cited (Efficacy of Purslane, in the journal Phytotherapy Research) says patients received a single dose of purslane extract in the form of 235 mg capsules—but I can’t tell if the dose was one time only or repeated daily over the course of six months.
    What is the edible equivalent?
    Does it need to be eaten raw or is lightly steaming or cooked as effective?
    I’ve searched every website for purslane supplements, but cannot find any. Do you know if and where they can be purchased?
    P.S.: I and many members of my family became committed vegans after reading your articles and watching your videos. I can’t thank you enough for all of your public service activities.

    • Jeannie Pollak

      I was diagnosed with lichen planus in March 2013. Thankfully I saw your video about purslane very soon after and I eat a
      minimum of 4 ounces of raw purslane every day. I don’t have to take
      any drugs for my symptoms any longer and the progression has stopped. I
      also take 2 standardized olive leaf capsules a day which seems to
      strengthen the immunity. I did some research and saw that thiazide
      drugs are linked to the development of Lichen Planus and I was taking
      Hydroclorityiazide for blood pressure. I stopped taking it and started
      drinking more beet juice, meditating and doing some CBT for my panic
      attacks and my blood pressure is now as good or better than when I was
      on the drug. I am 63 and a vegan for 7 years. I also take some Chinese
      herbs for the blood pressure. Another thinkg I saw was some research
      linking invisalign braces to Lichen Planus. I have had invisalign since
      2/1/11 so I had a retainer made out of stainless steel and acyrilic.
      All of these things have stopped the progression of this illness. Hope
      this helps someone else.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mobell1/ mobell1

    Could you give any hope for lichen planus on the skin but not oral, of a 10 year old girl? As far as I know, her paternal grandmother had it.

  • Christina

    Thank you so much Dr. Greger for the information about purslane as a treatment for oral lichen planus!…I have endured constant pain from OLP for 2 years….doctor did a biopsy which led to the diagnosis but none of my dr’s have any idea how to treat it…I will definitely be back to your site and thank you for the work you do.Christina

  • Jeannie Pollak

    I have lichen planus and your suggestion to use purslane has really cut down on the inflammation. I want to know if there is any way to cure it? I will try anything.

  • LichenPlanusPurslane

    Doctor, my urologist recently diagnosed me with genital lichen planus, although what I have doesn’t look to me like lichen planus pictures I’ve seen, he is a very respected guy, but I need a second opinion. Does the purslane work for this type of lichen planus? Can I get extract of purslane? What dosages would you recommend? I am 55, male and 235 lbs.

    Thank you.

    • Basil

      Before i jump off a high bridge I would like to ask if there is any nutritional remedy for lichen sclerosis. I’m a male and this is devastating to say the least…

  • Barbara

    could this also work for lichen sclerosis and if not, is there anything other than steroids that help