[QUOTE=DaVinci]Alpha Lipoic acid and Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) has features of a neuropathy and could be related to the production of the toxic free radicals that are released in stress situations. Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant able to increase the levels of intracellular glutathione and eliminate free radicals. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of alpha-lipoic acid in the therapy of BMS. Method: This was a double blind, controlled study conducted for two months on 60 patients with constant BMS. Comparing alpha-lipoic acid (test) with cellulose starch (placebo).
Results and Conclusions: Following treatment with alpha lipoic acid, there was a significant symptomatic improvement, compared with placebo, with the majority showing at least some improvement after 2 months, thus supporting the hypothesis that burning mouth syndrome is a neuropathy. This improvement was maintained in over 70% of patients at the 1 year follow-up
Don't have BMS, however I thought this was curious condition, and when I was researching something else this popped up. I've heard alot of good things about Lipoic so it's worth at least a bottle to see if it helps. Good Luck!
I heard this also, while trying to figure out how to resolve my BMS problem. This all sounds good, except I have been taking ALA for about 2 yrs and still developed BMS. So I really can't say that it helped. But I still continue to take it and avoid foods that bother the BMS. I highly suspect that it is a food allergy, since I am allergic to sulfites. I also think Tempero Mandibular Joint Syndrome/bruxism has something to due with BMS, perhaps by irritating the nerves somehow. Just a guess, but it's all I've got, since the medical community doesn't seem to have an answer (or effective treatment)either.
I actually "cured" my BMS by avoiding acidic foods, white foods (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc), and alcohol, limiting coffee, and no food preservatives at all, and got rid of the sodium laural sulfates in toothpaste & mouthwashes...
For the most part I am now back to normal diet, with the exception of acidic foods and salty foods, which seem to irritate it for me. I don't have any good answers, I just know, these seem to be my triggers.