I have to say that Lichen Planus sounds dreadful. I had a giant sore on the bottom of my tongue last fall after I started OP, and of all the things I have ever had, this was *maddening.*
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I will say that the condition is similar to this cold-sore thing in that it seems to be elicited by stress (and then it also probably causes a great deal of its own so becomes self-perpetuating? sheesh). I think OP will help your sister on several levels:
1) it will clear toxins. Trapper says it is like mini-dialysis.
2) it is so helpful on the mouth-health front. nothing else like it.
3) finally, it will help with mood. LP sounds at least somewhat mood-related or stimulated.
My heart goes out to her and I hope she can get it cleared up soon. I do think Rudenski's post was the one worth paying attention to, but I don't think he knew about OP when he wrote that. So, everything he said, PLUS a mouthful of oil! I don't believe for a second when the doctors say that it is not treatable. They just don't know how to treat it.
If she goes the medication route, Debacterol is supposed to be the bomb for canker sores.
Oil pulling on the internet is too new to have that kind of information..that's the bad news. The good news is that we are discovering every day the kind of things it seems to help. We are all on the cutting edge of this therapy that is so old...but newly rediscovered.
I find that I don't have a big resistance when telling someone about this therapy. I'd say go for it, since the dental health benefits are bar none, unreal. And then please let us know how she is doing....
Another thing I remembered. Lichen Planus is supposed to be stress-related. As are cold sores. When I had that sore I mentioned before, one web site said to dissolve a sedative pill in water and swish it in the mouth to get relief.
Now, I don't know if you took some Valium or whatever and swished it in your mouth if it would cure the LP. But maybe it would soothe the affected area, and you sure would not be worrying as much.
In retrospect I am sorry I did not have my doc call this in when I was in so much misery. That was the worst unhappiness I have experienced in a bodily way in the longest time. It was maddening, and I hope you feel better soon.
Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the information. She still hasn't decided to give it a try. I almost have my husband convinced. Still working on that, too. A friend of mine started and loves it. She can't believe the changes happening in her mouth. :)
Like your sister I have oral LP, which began in the middle of my brief but highly 2nd stressful marriage (I'd been widowed previously). Okay, so 2 years after the divorce became final and still no relief from the LP. My endodonist also told me it was likely brought on by stress. I'd been using a steroid mouth rinse off and on for the last 2 years with the hopes that it would calm the condition down enough to allow my body to heal itself. But LP is an autoimmune condition, so I never thought that was very likely. So now about 5 years after the onset I've decided to try pulling. I already had the organic coconut oil on hand, so this morning I tried it for the first time. One of the things I hate doing now that I have LP is brushing my teeth. Sounds gross, sorry. But even an ultra soft bristled toothbrush, if I was not extremely careful, would cause pain and bleeding. I had found a site where a woman has been pulling for a few years and never brushes her teeth anymore, she doesn't have to. The OP procedure, done twice daily, works better for her than brushing and flossing ever did! And her teeth are whiter and her breath fresher. So I'm in. I'm hoping the prayers I asked for healing will be answered with the OP process. By the way, I love coconut so this is not unpleasant for me at all. I had forgotten how much to use and tried 2 Tablespoons the first time. Well, checked again and found I only need to use 1 tablespoon. I found it easiest to do the OP while keeping busy with something else. I set the timer and swished, while getting to the sewing I've been putting off for so long. I'll check back in and let you know how it's coming.
i am doing oil pulling for Lichen planus (Linea alba of the cheek). but i think this is from cheek biting and not bacteria. i have found myself lightly biting down slightly on my right side inside cheek for the past week, and it has developed into the horizontal white line on the inside of my cheek along my inside of bottom lip.
i had this before, when i was under a bit of stress last year and this year same stress and same Linea alba of the cheek, aka Lichen planus.
i started OP with coconut oil 2 weeks ago and my receding gums are healing and starting to grow back. i know the Linea alba/cheek aka lichen planus is not from that, as i did have it last year before i ever started oil pulling.
from what i read it is caused by biting the inside of the cheek area ever so lightly. the white streaking in the mouth is a little scary. last year i did nothing about it after reading it was from biting the cheek, for me from stress and anxiety.
however, this time i am OP at night and in the morning and it appeared anyway, not from the OP but from me holding my cheek, pulling it towards my teeth and i guess i am biting it without realizing.
anyway just wanted to say that it doesn't seem to be anything bacteria related, although it pays to keep your mouth ultra clean cuz biting your cheek could get infected if you put your fingers inside your mouth or don't keep your mouth clean. however, washing the mouth or using alcohol or harsh mouthwash will make it worse and upsets the mucosa, so therefore i feel confident the coconut oil pulling is far superior to do. swishing and gargling for 1 minute with warm Himilayan Pink Sea Salt is soothing after you brush your teeth after oil pulling, so this is what i am doing.
i've had this Linea alba cheek/lichen planus for a few days now, the OP is not making it go away and won't be able to since it is definitely from me holding my mouth off center and biting my cheek. although the OP can keep the mouth clean, but don't flip out and start over brushing or over rinsing because that will just make it worse.
it seems to be a time thing, fix the anxiety and stop holding your bite wrong will be the best way to make it go away. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT IS IN YOUR MOUTH AND NOT ON THE OUTSIDE!!