The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that gum disease is a threat to oral health. There are several gum disease variations ranging in severity.
Ayurvedic medicine and its herbal remedies can treat gum disease if started early. Ayurveda diagnosis is based on individual elements, such as doshas, and herbal remedies designed specifically for each dosha. Since gum disease is nothing to take lightly, individuals suffering from it should see a dentist or Ayurvedic practitioner.
Start with Your Gums
Brushing teeth with toothpaste made from natural ingredients is the best way to start reducing or reversing gum disease. Ayurveda practitioners advocate the use of neem in treating gum disease. Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Ayurvedic practitioner and author of "The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs," says neem purifies the blood and removes bacteria from the mouth. As a cleanser, neem is full of antimicrobial properties that protect the teeth and surrounding tissue while boosting the immune system's ability to fight off infection.
Turmeric is part of the ginger family and is also known as the yellow wonder. Michael Tierra, co-author of "The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs," says turmeric contains strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and is effective in small doses. Turmeric reduces inflammation of gum disease, allowing an individual the ability to brush the teeth more frequently with less irritation.
The seeds of the betel nut eliminate infection from the body, and is used in therapeutic Ayurvedic medicine. Betel nut, also known as areca, is bitter and full of astringent properties when the seeds are chewed. According to the "Sushruta Samhita," one of two texts used in Ayurvedic medicine, betel nut guards against gum disease.
- The Complete Guide to Ayurveda: The Ancient Indian Healing Tradition; Gopi Warrier & Deepakida Gunawant, M.D.; 1997
- The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs; Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa & Michael Tierra; 2008
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Periodontal Disease