Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Canker Sores (Cold Sores) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

Canker Sores (Cold Sores) - Basics

Canker Sores are a type of open ulcer in the mouth, which have a white or yellowish head. Beginning as a burning sensation in the gums, tongue, or inner lining of the lips or cheeks, canker sores can be the sign of a weak immune system or stress. Other causes include hormones, menstruation, vitamin deficiency and/or allergies.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Canker Sores.

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Canker Sores (Cold Sores) - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (3) acupuncture points may be useful for canker sores (cold sores). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

The following (1) Formula TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Canker Sores (Cold Sores)

Jing Fang Bai Du Wan

  • Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences
    • Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - common cold, flu, bronchitis, mumps.
    • Early stages of skin diseases - boils, carbuncles, eczema, dermatitis with the right underlying factors.
    • Mastitis arising from cold/damp.
  • Release the Exterior
  • Release Exterior Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with issues arising from wind-heat, possibly yin qiao would be far more suitable.

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