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Homeopathy for DROOLING (Ptyalism, Sialorrhea)

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Saliva is flowing outside the mouth known as drooling. It is generally caused by excessive production of saliva, inability to retain or swallow.

It can be defined as salivary incontinence or the spillage of saliva over the lower lip.  It reflects a disturbance of the oral phase of deglutition which is associated with inefficient, uncoordinated swallowing and poorly synchronized lip closure.  It is frequently associated with an abnormal increase in tone of the muscles that open the mouth.  Drooling patients have difficulty managing normal salivary flow; sialorrhea, increase in salivary flow which can lead to drooling. Drooling itself is a symptom not a disease.


Saliva is the watery and usually a frothy substance produced in mouth; which is secreted by salivary gland. It is stimulated by both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Approximately 700ml/ day saliva produced. It contains 98% water and electrolyte, mucus, antibacterial compounds and various enzymes. The functions of saliva include lubrication and moistening of food in order to facilitate mastication, protection of the mucosa from desiccation, prevention of dental caries, and a medium by which lysozyme, secretary IgA and salivary peroxidase are delivered to the oral cavity.

 What causes Drooling?

§  In infants and toddlers it may be normal and is unlikely to be a sign of either disease or any complications, it may be associated with teething.

§  It may be exacerbated by upper respiratory infections and nasal allergies

§  If it is associate with fever or trouble in swallowing may be sign of retropharyngeal abscess, peritonsillar abcesses, tonsillitis, Mononucleosis, sore throat, parkinson’s disease.

§  Sudden onset of drooling indicates poisoning, reaction to snake or insect venom.

  • Conditions where saliva secretion is increased; Stomatitis, Chronic gastritis, Pregnancy, Maniacs, Hydrophobia, Drugs -mercury, iodide, bitters, Sinemet, Sinemet CR, Lodosyn, Levodopa, Dopar, etc.
  • Excessive capsaicin can cause drooling.
  • Drooling may be one symptoms of following disease; Alzheimer’s Disease, Ataxia Telangiectasia, Bell’s Palsy, Cyclic vomiting syndrome, Epiglotitis, Epiglottis diseases, Grand mal seizures, Homocystinuria,  Motion sickness, Rabies, Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Wilson’s Disease, etc.

Homeopathic medicines are selected on the basis of symptoms, cause, family history and constitution of the person affected. Considering all these factors any of the below listed (or some other) homeopathic medicine may be indicated and helpful in this condition.

Kreosotum, Mercurius Solubilis, Natrum muriaticum, Ipecacuanha, Pulsatilla pratensis, Sulphuricum acidum, Kali Bichromicum, Acetic Acid


Cross, willful and obstinate patient. Salivation during pregnancy. Vomiting: of pregnancy, sweetish water with ptyalism; during painful dentition. Fetid breath.


Ptyalism; tenacious, soapy, stringy, profuse, fetid, coppery, metallic-tasting saliva. Fetid odor from the mouth. Inflammation and suppuration of throat. Constant inclination to swallow. Sticking pain in throat and tonsils when swallowing. Inability to speak. Hoarse, husky voice.

Natrum muriaticum

Salivation. Taste Lost. Burning blisters in mouth and on tongue. Chronic sore throat, with sensation of being compelled to swallow over a lump. Inflamed throat with sticking pains. Difficulty speech from heaviness of tongue. Sense of a hair on tongue.

Sulphuricum acidum

Profuse salivation with burning in oesophagus.

Kali Bichromicum

Affections of the mucous membranes of mouth, throat – discharge of a tough, stringy mucus which adheres to the parts and can be drawn into long strings.  Rope like saliva.


Mouth biting in, also tongue. Difficult swallowing.. Bleeding from. Inflamed throat. Taste: Sweetish, bloody, in mouth.

Pulsatilla pratensis

Putrid odor from mouth, especially in morning. Dark redness or varicose swelling of throat. Tenacious mucus in throat early in morning. Increased flow of sweetish saliva. Tongue covered with mucus.

Mercurius Solubilis

Salivation with sore gums and mouth. Also during pregnancy. Wets the pillow in sleep. Sweetish metallic taste in the mouth. Salivary secretions greatly increasedbloody and viscid. Saliva fetid, coppery. Sore pain on touch and from chewing. Whole mouth moist. Fetid odor from mouth, can smell it all over room. Great thirst, with moist mouth.

Natrium muriaticum

Obstinate salivation with ulcers on the tongue, angles of lips and inner walls of the mouth with a constant and copious discharge of limpid saliva. Loss of taste.Immoderate thirst.

Acetic Acid

Burning water-brash and profuse salivation, day and night. Increased Salivation from the gastric complaints. Intense burning thirst. Cold drinks distress.

 Care for drooling

Care for drooling due to teething includes good oral hygiene. Popsicles or other cold objects (such as frozen bagels) may be helpful. Care must be taken to avoid choking when a child uses any of these objects.