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 neuropathy as well.

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

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
Healthspan sells the α-Lipoic Acid together with
acetyl-L-carnitine 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
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
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) therapy.
Alpha Lipoic Acid, Burning Mouth
& Idiopathic Dysgeusia
Last Updated 11th August 2010