Mouth ulcers also known as canker sores are normally small, painful lesions that develop in the mouth or at the base of the gums. In TICM, we view this condition as a manifestation of heat in the Heart, heat in the Stomach or weakness of the Kidneys. What causes heat? Staying up late, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, a diet rich in greasy foods, stimulating spicy foods, overwork, overexertion. These same things weaken the Kidney's, the batteries of our bodies, they hold all our Qi (energy). Location and treatment: in almost all canker sore cases, Liver formula is needed to reduce stress, help natural detoxification and boost the healthy flow of Blood, Qi and emotions. Heat in the Heart: tongue: use a Heart formula. Heat in the Stomach: around the gums: use Heat clearing formula. Weakness of the Kidneys: all over the mouth and constantly recurring: use Kidney formula. If you feel very stressed and have a short temper, red face, acne, use Heat draining formula. Acupressure: rub and or press on Heart 8 (HT 8) acupressure point for 2-5 minutes on each hand to relieve heat in the Heart. This also helps with agitation and stress. soak your feet: soak in hot/warm water for at least 15 minutes. Avoid: deep fried foods, greasy foods, stress, staying up late, skipping breakfast along with all the things that cause heat listed above. Include: dark leafy greens, plenty of vegetables, make sure you are having bowel movements at least once daily, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid iced beverages and raw foods, eat easily digestible and cooked foods.