Aloe vera as cure for lichen planus

N Y State Dent J. Aug-Sep 2013;79(5):65-8.

Abstract

Oral lichen planus is a difficult condition to treat because of its chronic nature. Various treatment modalities have resulted in partial regression of symptoms but not a complete cure. Aloe vera, a product with minimal adverse effects, can be tried to treat this disorder. A 38-year-old male patient diagnosed with lichen planus of the skin and the oral mucosa was suffering from severe pain and a burning sensation intraorally and pruritus of the skin lesions. Considering the extensive involvement, an herbal alternative was considered. The patient was prescribed aloe vera juice and gel application for two months. At the nine-month follow-up, the patient was symptom-free and totally cured of the intraoral and skin lesions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aloe*
  • Burning Mouth Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lichen Planus / drug therapy
  • Lichen Planus, Oral / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Phytotherapy / methods*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Pruritus / drug therapy
  • Remission Induction

Substances

  • Plant Extracts