Preventing Hurtful Mouth Ulcers
Mouth Ulcers, aka aphthous ulcers, ( Chinese: 痱滋 ) are sores or open lesions in the mouth.
My slim and small size second sister used to have mouth ulcers every now and then. She goes to bed early, never smokes, rarely touch spicy food and does not drink.
Mouth ulcers can be a symptom of certain major ailments, such as iron deficiency anaemia, Crohn’s disease, or even oral cancer, but most people who suffer regularly from it are normal, healthy beings. Like my sister — being an officer in the government and works at the hospital, she has her body check regularly and knows well the drill for good health. Yet unlike colds or common flus, the cause of these lesions in the mouth is unknown. Perhaps it is too minor an issue for researchers to get funds for and too little profit potential for pharmaceutical companies.
To people who have it, however, it is a real pain and irritating inconvenience.
When you visit a doctor for it, he may give you some topical application contain silver nitrate that when applied, not only hurts but taste awful. The Japanese comes up with a watermelon extract that is a lot friendlier but not as effective. Alternatives and local remedies are here and there, like those for most other minor daily ailments. No medicine, however, could prevent mouth ulcers from happening in the first place.
Tea prevents mouth ulcers
I used to have that same inconvenience from time to time, when I was working in consultancies and advertising agencies, had irregular hours and really unhealthy diets. I even followed that rumour about vitamin B2 for prevention and other home remedies. The lesions kept occurring whenever they wanted to. That was before I took on tea seriously and started drinking only quality tea habitually. When my sister got convinced to use my teas, she has also prevented it from happening ever again. So have many of my tea customers ( those who talk about it ).
There is no research on this topic so I can only guess the reason. Tea is anti-inflammatory and a mild antiseptic ( these basic tea properties are repeatedly proven in too many papers so I am not citing any here ). It is logical to conclude that such an environment in the mouth is not conducive to the functions of whatever that cause mouth ulcers.
The key, I think, is in the regular use of better teas. As explained in other articles in this site about effective catechins amounts in better teas, their regular use creates an environment in the mouth which lining is much less prone to infections.
As for myself, irregular hours and bad diets are happening to me again with the influxes of work these couple of years. I have not thought of my blessings of not having to deal with the nuisance of mouth ulcers for decades, until yesterday someone mentioned a friend having this problem. That prompted me to share this experience, hoping that everyone could be as blessed.