The leaves of the tulsi plant have been scientifically proven to have medicinal properties. One of them being, their potent ulcer-protective property. Be it mouth ulcers or gastric ulcers, several studies have supported that tulsi leaves are an effective cure for them.
How does it work?
Although the exact cause of mouth ulcers is not yet known, there are several factors that could be triggering mouth ulcers. Some common triggers include stress, eating acidic and spicy foods, recurring injury to the inside of your mouth (also known as the inner buccal epithelium), poor dental hygiene or aggressive cleaning of the teeth and gums.
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Tulsi, beats ulcers by acting like an adaptogen (a substance that helps the body to adapt to the increasing levels of stress). It also has potent anti-bacterial properties, that make tulsi an excellent oral disinfectant. Tulsi leaves can destroy more than 99% of the bacteria and germs in your mouth and relieve the symptoms of an ulcer. Additionally, it also prevents bad breath, plaque, tartar formation and dental cavities. A recent study found that people who chewed leaves of tulsi plant showed an immediate increase in salivary pH after 30 minutes of chewing on the leaves. This finding suggested that tulsi leaves tend to curb the acidic environment within your mouth, by restoring and balancing the salivary pH, tulsi leaves minimizes the damage caused by extra acids.
Tip: Chew 2-3 leaves of tulsi and sip some water with it. Do this for at least 3-4 times in a day. This will not only help the ulcers go away faster but also prevent them from recurring.
Note: This is just a home remedy for ulcers. If your problem persists, you should visit a doctor because recurring mouth ulcers can also indicate other medical conditions like deficiency of vitamin B12, vitamin C and iron.
Gayathri Ramesh et al. Estimation of salivary and tongue coating pH on chewing household herbal leaves: A randomized controlled trial.
Priyabrata Pattanayak et al. Ocimum sanctum Linn. A reservoir plant for therapeutic applications: An overview
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