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Receding gums Ayurvedic Perspectives

Receding gums

Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
Bacteria naturally proliferate when the blood is sweet or rich after sweet or rich foods. This is especially true for the gums, which are exposed to the outside air. Toxicity in the blood further irritates tissues, making them vulnerable to infectious attack.

Ayurvedic Approach:

  • Neem mouthwash
  • Find a toothpaste with fennel and neem
  • Mix turmeric with aloe vera gel and swish in your gums
  • Sesame oil swish
  • Reduce intake of refined sugars

Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Receding gums' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Symptoms Tell A Story

The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.

Receding gums indicates one or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated. Generally you would avoid foods and lifestyle habits that would aggravate these qualities:

Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help

Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Stage of Disease: 3 - Attacking Tissue

If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances have weakened organs and tissues. At any moment, these imbalances could overwhelm weakened tissue and develop into degenerative disease.

Educational Resources

Browse these educational resources for 'receding gums'.
Explore Your Body Type: Introduction to Kapha Dosha e-Course
Discover insights into Kapha's nature and how to balance this exceptionally beautiful & prized dosha.

Specialty Formulas by Joyful Belly

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Receding gums.
Liver & Lymph Cleanse Tea
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
A cleansing formula of bitters, blood movers & fat metabolizers to detoxify the liver and lymphatic system, as well as flush the gall bladder.

Digestive Bitters
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Digestive bitters are revered in Europe for digestion, rejuvenation, bloating relief, and mental sharpness. Caution! A little goes a long way.

Candida Cleanse Tea
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Contains anti-fungals, blood cleansers, and circulatory stimulants to assist in clearing candida from the body.

Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Receding gums

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Receding gums.

Gymnema sylvestre
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Reduces food cravings, especially for sugar. This Ayurvedic herb supports proper function of the pancreas to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar and insulin.

Tongue Cleanser / Scraper (Steel)
Scrapes toxins and thick coating off your tongue every morning.

Neem Leaf
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$11.95 $10.75
Neem's pure bitter taste is famous as a blood purifier, for parasites, and to lower blood sugar levels.

Dental Delight
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Painful gums? Teeth and Gums is a mouth rinse that tightens gums and reduces pain and infection, improving minor gingivitis, killing bacteria

Aloe Vera Gel
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Skin tonic. Cools and soothes irritated tissues. For dietary, cosmetic and household use.

The following herbal actions and effects have been traditionally suggested for 'Receding gums'.

Pharmacological Effects
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Diet for Receding gums

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in receding gums.
Aloe Vera GelVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBlueberryVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
CilantroVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingCoconut WaterVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Fennel SeedsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingGheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
GrapeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingHibiscusVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
KaleVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingLemonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
MintVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingNigella (black cumin)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
PearsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingPomegranateVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Rose PetalsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingTurmericVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying

Comments & Personal Experiences

How does 'receding gums' affect your quality of life? What aggravates it? What has helped you? Is there something you'd like to know about 'receding gums'?

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Hi, I have been experiencing tooth sensitivity and receding gums that seems to be in correspondence with my change of diet to more sweeteners, carbohydrates and milk. I have changed my diet to help counter the heat created by a fairly rigorous yoga practice that I have been adopting over the last 6 months. Do these symptoms mean I should back off of sweets for a period? I am also mostly a Pitta type. Any suggestions?

- Matthew, Cleveland, OH, 07-22-12 (Reply)

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