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by Dr Vaid Ji on Feb 12, 2024


Oral lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the mucous membranes inside the mouth. It manifests as white, lacy patches, redness, ulcers, or discomfort. It's believed to result from an abnormal immune response.

Causes of lichen Planus-

The exact cause of lichen planus is not fully understood, but it's thought to involve an abnormal immune response where the immune system mistakenly attacks cells of the skin or mucous membranes. Potential triggers include certain medications, infections, allergens, or underlying health conditions.

Symptoms of lichen planus-

Symptoms of lichen planus can vary depending on the type and location but commonly include:

  • Skin lesions: Flat-topped, shiny, purplish bumps or patches, often with fine white lines on the surface.
  • Oral lesions: White, lacy patches, redness, ulcers, or discomfort inside the mouth.
  • Itching: Itching may accompany skin lesions
  • Nail abnormalities: Grooves, ridges, or thinning of the nails.
  • Scalp or hair involvement: Rarely, lichen planus can affect the scalp or cause hair loss.

Top 7 natural remedies for oral lichen planus-

  • Aloe Vera: Apply pure Aloe Vera gel directly to the affected area to soothe irritation and promote healing.
  • Honey: Honey has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply a small amount of honey to the lesions a few times a day.
  • Coconut oil pulling: Swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for about 10-15 minutes daily may help reduce inflammation and promote oral health.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Mix turmeric powder with water to form a paste and apply it to the lesions.
  • Vitamin E oil: Apply vitamin E oil directly to the lesions to moisturize the area and promote healing.
  • Licorice root: Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties. You can try rinsing your mouth with licorice root tea or applying a paste made from licorice root powder and water to the lesions.
  • Green tea: Green tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Rinse your mouth with cooled green tea several times a day.