Review on March 30, 2009
According to a new study in Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) significantly reduces symptoms of burning tongue. Burning tongue is a common, painful condition of many post-menopausal women. The symptoms often involve a feeling that the tongue has been burnt by hot liquid
Sixty women between the ages of 22 and 68 experiencing burning tongue took part in the study. The group, randomly assigned either 600 mg of ALA per day or the placebo, received treatment for two months. The condition of their burning tongue symptoms was assessed every 15 days during the two months and then reevaluated one year after the treatment ended.
Of those taking ALA, more than 96% had a significant improvement with their burning tongue symptoms. Only 40% of those taking the placebo experienced improvement. ALA did not worsen the symptoms of any of the participants but unfortunately 20% of those on the placebo experienced an increase in burning tongue symptoms. After the yearly follow-up, 73% of the people who had taken ALA maintained their improvement while the majority of those on the placebo had worsened.
This study suggests that ALA supplementation (for at least two months) can bring about long-term relief for menopausal women suffering from burning tongue.