Diet & Lichen Planus

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

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There’s another inflammatory autoimmune condition called oral lichen planus, in which your immune system starts attacking the lining of your mouth. This is what it looks like. It’s actually not that rare—strikes up to 2% 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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There’s another inflammatory autoimmune condition called oral lichen planus, in which your immune system starts attacking the lining of your mouth. This is what it looks like. It’s actually not that rare—strikes up to 2% 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.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Doctor's Note

For more on oral health, check out these videos:
Plant-Based Diets: Oral Health
Black Raspberries versus Oral Cancer
Plant-Based Diets: Dental Health
What’s the Best Mouthwash?

And check out my other videos on alternative medicine

For some more context, also see my associated blog post:  Do Vegans Get More Cavities? 

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