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What is Burning Mouth Syndrome? How can acupuncture help?

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a complex and often misunderstood condition that manifests as a burning sensation in the mouth without any apparent cause. While it may not be a life-threatening condition, it can significantly impact a person's quality of life.




Causes:

The exact cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome remains elusive, making it a challenging condition to diagnose and treat. However, several factors may contribute to the development of this syndrome:

Oral Health Issues:

Poor oral hygiene

Dental problems, such as infections or ill-fitting dentures

Yeast infections in the mouth (oral thrush)

Hormonal Changes:

Menopause is often associated with hormonal fluctuations, and women going through this stage may be more susceptible to BMS.

Nutritional Deficiencies:

Lack of essential vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, iron, and zinc, may contribute to BMS.

Neurological Factors:

Nerve damage or dysfunction, leading to altered sensations in the mouth.

Psychological Factors:

Stress, anxiety, and depression have been linked to BMS, either as triggers or exacerbating factors.

Symptoms:

The primary symptom of Burning Mouth Syndrome is a persistent burning or tingling sensation in the mouth. Other symptoms may include:

Dry mouth

Metallic taste

Increased thirst

Changes in taste perception

numbness

Soreness or discomfort in the mouth

It's essential to note that symptoms may vary from person to person, and their intensity can fluctuate throughout the day.

Acupuncture Treatment for BMS

Research suggested that acupuncture significantly reduces the burning sensation by improving oral circulation.

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