Though rare, salivary gland complaints do and can occur. There’s even a form of salivary gland cancer.
Before we jump into this subject matter, let’s first understand what is a salivary gland, especially since we all have them.
“Salivary gland.” One of three pairs of glands that pour their secretions into the mouth, thus aiding the digestive process. The salivary glands are the parotid, the submandibular, and the sublingual glands. They are racemose structures consisting of numerous lobes subdivided into smaller lobules connected by dense areolar tissue, vessels, and ducts. The ducts ramify inside each lobule, ending in alveoli. One kind of alveolus secretes a viscid fluid containing mucin. The other kind secretes serous fluid. The sublingual gland secretes mucus; the parotid gland, serous fluid; the submandibular gland, both mucus and serous fluid. The lobules of the salivary gland are richly supplied with blood vessels and fine plexuses of nerves. The hilum of the submandibular gland contains Langley’s ganglion of nerve cells.” Mosby’s medical Dictionary, 3rd ed., p. 1049
Causes and Risk Factors
Blocked salivary glands are perhaps the most common salivary gland complaint. Blocked salivary glands denote a defect with the grand secretory system called the Endocrine system (also known as the Hormonal System).
Metaphysically speaking, salivary gland complaints may be related to having to digest too much of something (such as information or data), speaking negative words or digesting too much negativity.
You can resolve salivary gland complaints naturally.
Drink warm water, lemon or lime juice (from 1 whole fruit), and a pinch of cayenne (40,000 HU) or paprika (20,000 HU) daily. H.U. stands for heating units. Cayenne is hotter than paprika, and African Bird Pepper (180,000 H.U.) is hotter than regular Cayenne (40,000 H.U.)
Ideal herbs to consume, that heal the endocrine system, and thus the endocrine glands and all other glands in the body, include:
- Fo Ti
- Licorice Root
You can also chew on Licorice Sticks, unflavored variety preferably.
Gargle with warm water and sea salt (1/3 teaspoon).
In a case whereby the mouth is dry and/or there is a lack of production of saliva, drink 6-8 glasses of water (with liquid chlorophyll added) daily, as well as drink vegetable juice daily, swishing the juice in your mouth from side to side for a few seconds (15-30 seconds) before swallowing it.
Suck on lemon and/or lime juice as well (if there is a lack of saliva). These usually help the body to secrete saliva.
Oil pulling will help this condition as well.
When you suffer from a condition where the mouth is dry, the dryness felt is usually a result from a lack of saliva in the mouth or a lack of production of saliva in the mouth. Try drinking 6-8 glasses of water (with liquid chlorophyll added) and drinking vegetable juice daily, swishing the juice in your mouth from side to side for a few seconds before swallowing it.