Letters to the Editor
Oral complications of cytotoxic therapy
- C.L. Reynolds, A. Bonaventura
- Aust Prescr 1996;19:36-8
- 1 April 1996
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.1996.028
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Editor, – In his table, Dr A. Bonaventura outlines various therapies for oral complications of cytotoxic therapy ('Dental implications' Aust Prescr1995;18:68). In my experience, his recommended remedies, at best, give minimal, short -term pain relief and, at worst, suppress the immune system.
I would like to suggest he try a herbal extract called Oralmat Drops, available over-the-counter at pharmacies, with which I have observed remarkable efficacy in all of the conditions he mentions. Pain relief is, in many cases, almost instantaneous following application of the drops. Healing of lesions is facilitated while antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals are rarely necessary. This suggests to me the likelihood of immunomodulatory activity by the extract which, because of its potential importance in medicine generally, calls for closer scrutiny.
South Yarra, Vic.
Dr A. Bonaventura, the author of the article, comments:
Oralmat is a herbal extract from secale cereale (rye) manufactured by Ensign Laboratories for Schumacher Pharmaceuticals in Melbourne. It is available in a solution or cream over-the-counter.
Dr Reynolds has sent me his personal observations on the efficacy of this extract in various clinical settings. No clinical trial has been done comparing this extract to placebo or other standard approaches. Based on these observations, it may be worthwhile pursuing further.
General Practitioner, South Yarra, Vic.