Whether present in humans or animals, the cause needs to be identified. The main goal is to reduce inflammation and treat infection if there is any present. There are many herbs with the potential to treat periodontal disease which include the following:
- anti microbial herbs
- vulnerary herbs
- anti inflammatory herbs
The traditional herbs that have been used include aloe, marshmallow, calendula, witch hazel, goldenseal, coptis, and even balm of gilead. There are randomized studies using calendula. There is even a study using EGCG from green tea having inhibitory effects of the activity and expression in matrix metalloproteinases that are involved in bone resorption in periodontal disease. The use of Centella asiatica has been investigated for periodontal healing after scaling and root planning in patients with periodontal disease. There are many choices.