The 10 Reasons, continued…
6. Ok, so now we get to the good stuff… saliva! (And we hardly know you!) Unless you’re suffering from simple dehydration, your dry mouth problem won’t be solved by simply drinking a bit of water. Dry mouth, especially chronic dry mouth (xerostomia), is related to a lack of saliva production, both quality and quantity of. And though saliva is mostly made up of water, it’s so much more than just water…
Saliva is comprised of important compounds that help maintain the healthy functioning of the entire body: enzymes & antibodies that help keep our immune system strong; electrolytes and antimicrobial compounds that are integral to our oral health; and minerals like calcium and phosphate ions which reinforce the enamel of your teeth. There’s also immuno-proteins that police your mouth, fighting bacteria and coating teeth in a protective layer, epidermal growth factors, haptocorrin — a key protein that protects vitamin B12 from stomach acid during digestion — and, only discovered in 2006 — opiorphin, an endogenous painkiller and naturally occurring antidepressant molecule!
Saliva is a crucial part of your body’s natural system of care and protection!
7. Cannabis. What does cannabis have to do with spilanthes, you may ask? Cannabis’ number #1 side effect is dry mouth. Ziingles, and notably spilanthes, provides a potent herbal counterbalance to the uncomfortable and ultimately harmful side effect of dry mouth. Jokingly referred to as “cotton mouth,” cannabis-induced dry mouth has been long-recognized (since even before 8-track tapes)… but it was only in the last decade that scientists have identified the mechanism behind cannabis-induced dry mouth:
Specific receptors within the salivary glands and the brain—endocannabinoid receptors—are activated by the phytocannabinoid THC in cannabis. When THC binds to our endocannabinoid receptors, the salivary glands are inhibited from receiving their customary message to produce saliva.
Is it any wonder that habitual cannabis use has been clearly linked to an increased incidence of gum disease? Read more here: Long-Term Study Links Marijuana Use to Gum Disease
8. The drug pilocarpine is often used as a prescription medication for treatment of severe dry mouth. It is an alkaloid derived from Maranham jaborandi (Pilocarpus microphyllus), a plant native to several states in northern Brazil. Though pilocarpine does indeed induce saliva production, there are a number of side effects that make its use problematic: “Pilocarpine has been known to cause excessive salivation, sweating, bronchial mucus secretion, bronchospasm, bradycardia, vasodilation, and diarrhea.” (from wikipedia entry on pilocarpine)
Spilanthes does not have any of these drawbacks — in fact, in addition to its superb sialogogue action, it has a wide variety of other beneficial actions.
9. Spilanthes’ many pharmacologic properties have been extensively studied and scientifically documented and include antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory actions.
“Noor Jahan et al demonstrated that the ethanolic extract of Spilanthes acmella showed antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Salmonella typhi, Shigella dysenteriae.” The extracts also showed activity against some strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
10. Spilanthes is a diuretic — making it especially useful for males of a certain age, who may be experiencing urinary issues (anecdotally-speaking, if used in the evening, spilanthes will increase the force of and lessen the frequency of nighttime urination—which is quite a relief!). There are claims that spilanthes also has aphrodisiac effects… at least for male rats.
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