Studies have shown that a ‘food supplement’, known as alpha lipoic acid, has been
beneficial with regards to
Burning Mouth Syndrome and the related Idiopathic

It has been shown that
α-Lipoic Acid is effective in the treatment of diabetic-related
as well.

The studies were conducted in part, by Professor Scully of the
Eastman Dental

Suggested dose regime for
α-Lipoic Acid is:

  • 600 mg per day orally for 20 days followed by 200 mg per day for 10 days.

α-Lipoic Acid can be bought online far cheaper than from high street shops.  I
normally point people to the
Healthspan website as it seems reliable and
reasonably priced.  
Healthspan sells the α-Lipoic Acid together with acetyl-L-
under the name of Lipocarn.  Obviously, if you can find a better (and
cheaper) supplier, use them!


Minerva Stomatol 2002 Sep; 51 (9):405 - 409.  Femiano F.  Burning Mouth
Syndrome (BMS)
: an open trial of comparative efficacy of alpha-lipoic acid
(thioctic acid)
with other therapies.

Oral Dis 2000 Sep; 6 (5): 274 - 277.  Femiano F, Gombos F, Scully C, Busciolano
M, Luca PD.  
Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS): controlled open trial of the
efficacy of
alpha-lipoic acid (thioctic acid) on symptomatology.

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2002 Dec; 31 (6): 625 - 628.  
Femiano F, Scully C, Gombos F.  Idiopathic dysgeusia; an open trial of Alpha
Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Alpha Lipoic Acid, Burning Mouth Syndrome &
Idiopathic Dysgeusia
Last Updated 11th August 2010