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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
I read the question about
salivary stones with interest. I have a huge one in my
right submandibular salivary gland which I am told must
be surgically removed. They will have to remove the
whole gland. Can you send me a treatment plan of herbs
and diets? Please (begging). I live in upstate New
York, although I was born in NM, and there is no one
around here that can help me.
salivation is always important in these cases. Sucking
on citrus fruits may be of some help here, as will
eating foods that are bitter or sour. Some medications
will actually reduce the amount of saliva and you should
consult with your physician before taking them.
Drink 6 to 8 glass of water daily. Avoid foods that
stagnate the system such as: red meats, pork, white
sugar, all dairy and all fried foods.
You can make your own form of bitters to increase
salivation. To an infusion (tea) of Chamomile, add 15
drops of extract or tincture of Dandelion and 15 drops
of extract or tincture of Gentian. Sweeten with a bit of
honey and drink 3xs day.
You can also use Angostura bitters or Peychaud's Bitter
1/2 dropper consummed with a small amount of water 2xs
day, to increase salivation.
As a last resort: It is possible to treat the stone with
an alternative to open surgery and this is called
sialendoscopy and involves using a very thin probe and
camera that enters the duct. When the stone is located a
very fine pair of graspers is introduced which will grab
the stone and remove it.
ANSWERS FROM LORYHL
I hope you can help. I have been experiencing
hyper-salivation for about 8 months. I have had botox
treatments but to no avail. The only thing that I have
taken which seems to help is Benadryl. Of course, there
are side affects to taking Benadryl such as drowsiness.
I would like to know if there is a specific herb known
to help with this problem. My doctor calls this "Sialorrhea."
you may know, and the Doctors must have told you, there
are many causes to this problem. So you know which one
is a major contributor to the sialorrhea, that you
have? Anywhere from teeth, to birth defects, to
Parkinsons, and on. If I knew which one, perhaps, I
could be more specific in suggesting a herbal and diet
regime for you to try. For sure , I can tell you to go
on Amazon.com, and order the book on Food Combining Made
Easy, read it, and implement the principles into your
life, this will help. It will help your body make
saliva, more appropriately for your digestive system,
but may not completely take care of the problem. I also
recommend you go to the nearest large China Town, and
find the best Chinese acupuncturist, you can, and have
him or her work on you, extensively, you can ask at your
local health food store for the name of a really good
one, they will know someone, ask the manager if you have
to. After I hear back from you, I will make further
Well, I went to a Neurologist and he ruled out
neurological causes. As for what caused this; I'm
guessing that since I am no longer on any antidepressant
medication, I may be having a syndrome (some sweating at
times also) since stopping antidepressants. The last one
I had was Effexor. It was after weaning off of it that I
experienced salivation and swallowing activity.
Additionally, I don't have health coverage for
Most people donít have coverage for acupuncture, it is
generally about 45.00 per visit. If you are in this
condition because of the drugs, and the system clearing,
it may be easier to deal with. First of all, take the
advice from the food combine book. Read the downloads,
I am sending you about diet. Get aloe vera juice, drink
, 1/3 c three times daily, 6 days a week, for 3 months,
then once a day, 6 days a week, for as long as you can,
Soak in epsom salts baths, as hot as you can, then rinse
in cold water after, and vigorously towel dry your body.
Deep breathe, morning and night for 10 mins, and
visualize your body, being full of light, and looking
good, and feeling good. Drink milk thistle seed and leaf
tea, it tastes good, 3 cups per day, 6 days a week, for
one month. Let me know if you have further questions,
and I will do what I can to serve you
I have a persistent stone in my saliva duct. I found an
article that recommended tinctures of Sweet Blue Violet,
Burdock Root and Flowering Chickweed along with Red
Clover Blossom tea to dissolve it. I cannot find Violet
locally. Is there an alternative I can use for the
Violet? I really do not want to have it surgically
removed. Please advise.
You could try the nettle, or the yarrow. However, if
you are always getting the stone, I strongly suggest you
see a good Chinese herbalist, and get herbs and
acupuncture. I also suggest a close look at your diet.
Here are some downloads for you to look at in the
meantime. If you are near LA, there is a great Chinese
doctor there who I know can help you further