Definition of Saliva:

The watery mixture of secretions from the salivary and oral mucous glands that lubricates chewed food and moistens the oral walls.

Also: Salivary

Topics Related to Saliva

A Low IgA Level

...the condition
“...IgA is important in protecting 'mucosal surfaces' – the linings of the tracts of the body, e.g. the lungs, and is secreted in saliva and tears...”

Allergic Conjunctivitis

...the condition
“...When the eyes are exposed to allergens such as pollen, animal dander / saliva, or molds, histamine is released and the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become swollen, resulting in rapid reddening of the eyes, itching and tearing...”
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Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...the condition
“...Common examples of irritants are ... Droplets of urine or saliva from certain animals...”


...related topic
“Counteracts formation of saliva.”

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

...the condition
“...Possible Cause: Dryness in the mouth caused by insufficient saliva flow.  Problem: Gums that bleed and bad breath...”
...our question about Waking up with a dry mouth
“Without sufficient saliva, oral bacteria are not washed away...”

Cancer, General

...our question about Vegetarian, vegan or raw-food diet
“...Within days this invading meat molecule could be found oozing from their bodies, in their saliva, urine and hair clippings...”

Carbohydrate Intolerance

...the condition
“...In those with carbohydrate intolerance, the enzymes that are needed to metabolize carbohydrates (such as salivary amylase, pancreatic amylase, maltose, and alpha-galactosidase) are not as abundant as they should be...”

Condurango a treatment
“...Condurango improves digestion by stimulating the production of saliva and digestive juices...”

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

...the condition
“...Cytomegalovirus has been found in the saliva, respiratory droplets, urine, semen, breast milk, feces, blood (transfusions), and vaginal and cervical secretions of infected persons...”


...our question about Tongue swelling
“Dehydration causes decreased saliva production, which can leave the tongue feeling dry and swollen.”

Dental Metal Removal a treatment
“...The mercury traveling into the gut with the saliva compromises the function of the Peyer's patches, thus arresting the first line of immune defense...”

Dry Mouth

...the condition
Saliva is needed in order to moisten our mouths, help digest food, swallow, clean our mouths and control growths of bacteria and fungus in the mouth...”
...relationship to Dehydration
“The body will conserve fluid in various ways when we are dehydrated and one of these is a reduction in saliva production, which results in a drier mouth.”
...relationship to Cigarette Smoke Damage
“Smoking or chewing tobacco can reduce saliva production.”
...relationship to Chemotherapy Side-Effects
“Radiation can damage the salivary glands and reduce the amount of saliva produced.”

Elevated Cortisol Levels

...the condition
“...A blood, urine or saliva hormone test for cortisol can serve as a stress barometer, warning you of continual exposure to stress, and therefore to potential disease...”


...the condition
“...Transmitted from the saliva of an infected animal, the encephalitis caused by the rabies virus is virtually always fatal but is very rare in the US...”

Enlarged Lymph Nodes

...the condition
“...Common causes of enlarged lymph nodes (and their usual location) ... Mumps (salivary glands)...”


...related topic
“...Those glands which secrete chemicals through tubules or ducts are called exocrine and include sweat, tear and salivary glands.  Ductless glands – part of the endocrine system – secrete special chemicals (hormones) directly into the blood.”

Green Tea a treatment
“...Green Tea stimulates the production of saliva and it will reduce the harmful acids formed in the mouth...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...the condition
“...The severity of GERD depends on tissue sensitivity, LES dysfunction, the type and amount of fluid brought up from the stomach and the neutralizing effect of saliva.  It should be noted that symptoms of GERD may be present without any signs of injury to the esophagus...”
...recommendation Chewing Gum
“Gum chewing can increase saliva quantity by 130%...”

Helicobacter Pylori Infection

...the condition
“...Urease converts urea, of which there is an abundant supply in the stomach (from saliva and gastric juices), into bicarbonate and ammonia, which are strong bases...”

Hepatitis B

...related topic
“...However, only blood, saliva, semen and vaginal fluids have been shown to be infectious...”


...recommendation Test for Hormones
“Blood, saliva or urine tests may be arranged to make sure that the hirsutism is not due to excessive male hormone levels.”

Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)

...the condition
“...(CICs – caused by a combination of leaky gut syndrome and poor digestion of proteins due to a lack or HCl and digestive enzymes), sedentary lifestyle, negative attitudes, low body temperature, acid saliva pH, chronic insomnia, inability to dream, weight lifting, and steroids (for muscle gain).”

Indoor Allergies

...the condition
“...The allergens from cockroaches are their waste product, decaying bodies and saliva.  Once the roaches are gone, these will continue to cause allergic reactions if they are not removed by cleaning...”

Infectious Mononucleosis - Mono

...the condition
“...patient is not indicated; one can not catch mononucleosis by sitting in the same room with someone who has it, although persons who have had mononucleosis can shed the virus periodically in their saliva for the rest of their lives...”


...recommendation Zinc
“...Lozenges increase saliva production and help soothe a dry, irritated throat...”


...related topic
“...Technically this can also refer to salivary gland calculi and impacted precipitants in the seminal vesicles or prostate.”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...Clearance tests using saliva, urine, and/or blood after chemical challenge by caffeine, aspirin, and acetaminophen can be useful in detecting Phase I and II imbalances...”

Liver Detoxification Profile a treatment
“...In the Detoxification Profile, one caffeine caplet (200mg) is taken in the morning and its clearance is assessed from 2 salivary specimens collected 2 and 8 hours after ingestion...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...recommendation Test Adrenal Function
“Adrenal function can be evaluated in several ways by blood, saliva, and/or urine testing...”

Low DHEA Level

...the condition
“...Blood, urine or saliva testing will work...”
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Low Melatonin Level

...recommendation Test for Hormones
Saliva testing is currently the most widely available test and several laboratories offer it.”

Lysozyme a treatment
“...Normally excreted in the tears, nasal mucus, milk, and saliva in most animals, lysozyme is part of the body's first line of defense against bacteria and viruses...”


...the condition
“...Meningococcal bacteria are carried in saliva or droplets from the nose of an infected person...”

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

...our question about Mercury amalgam tooth fillings
“...With over 20,000 subjects, this study showed conclusively that mercury from amalgams is continually released in quantities large enough to be identified in the saliva.  The designer of the study, Dr. Peter Krauss, noted that in some patients the amount of mercury in saliva could be as high as 100 times the WHO 'safe' level.”


...the condition
“Mumps is a very contagious infection of one or more of the salivary glands and is caused by the mumps virus...”

Natural Progesterone a treatment
“...Salivary testing of hormone levels may not be accurate once hormone creams are used...”

Nutritional Deficiency

...the condition
“...Symptoms include ... enlarged saliva glands in the mouth...”


...related topic
“A pair of salivary glands tucked into the notch in front of each ear and emptying through parotid ducts by each upper 2nd molar...”

Periodontal Disease - Gingivitis

...our question about Waking up with a dry mouth
“...The lack of saliva allows bacteria to stick to teeth and gums, rather than being washed away.”
...relationship to Dry Mouth
Saliva helps fight the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.”
...recommendation Sugar Avoidance / Reduction
“...This makes it harder for the bacteria to get washed away by saliva.”

Pharyngitis ("Strep Throat")

...recommendation Frankincense
“...He recommends mixing 2-3 drops of frankincense tincture with saliva in the back of the throat and then swallowing...”

Poor Small Intestine Health

...the condition
“...Approximately 50% of the carbohydrate digestion is performed by amylase from the pancreas, 40% by amylase from saliva, and 10% by intestinal amylase...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...Blood, saliva, or urine measurements may be made...”


...the condition
“...Virus present in the infected animal's saliva enters the victim's tissues during the bite...”

Remove Wisdom Teeth a treatment
“...Saliva, bacteria and food particles can collect around impacted wisdom teeth, causing themselves or neighboring teeth to decay...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...In cases of primary Sjogren's syndrome, the doctor can trace the symptoms to problems with the tear and saliva glands...”
...our question about Eye moistness or dryness
“"Dry eye" is a symptom of certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome, in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the tear ducts and saliva glands.”
...relationship to Chronic Thyroiditis
“Antithyroid antibodies are created when antibodies migrate out of the salivary glands into the thyroid gland...”

Susceptibility To Cavities

...the condition
“...These include bulimics, those with Sjogren's syndrome, and those receiving therapeutic head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, or prolonged treatment with drugs that reduce salivary flow.  Institutionalized and physically and mentally disabled persons are also at higher risk for dental caries...”
...our question about Waking up with a dry mouth
“The lack of saliva in a dry mouth allows bacteria to stick to teeth and gums, rather than being washed away.”
...recommendation Ozone / Oxidative Therapy
“It was originally reported in September of 2002 that Edward Lynch of the Royal Victoria Hospital's School of Dentistry had developed a technique known as ozone dental therapy that allows saliva to help decayed teeth repair themselves naturally...”

Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions

...the condition
“...allergies to animals – dead skin (dander), urine, dried saliva, or hair; allergies to natural rubber (latex); allergies to inhaled substances; allergies to cosmetics or other substances applied to the skin such as henna tattoos; seasonal allergies caused...”

Test Adrenal Function a treatment
“...Individual samples can be taken by blood or saliva.  A single serum or saliva cortisol by itself will usually not be very useful...”

Test for DHEA a treatment
“Although not yet formally validated, DHEA testing can be performed on blood, saliva or urine samples...”

Test for Helicobacter Pylori Infection a treatment
“...Saliva testing, though becoming more popular, is still not widely available...”

Test for Hormones a treatment
“...Blood, saliva, and urine tests are available...”

Test for Inhalant Allergies a treatment
“...Common allergies come from ... Proteins from furry pets, which are found in their skin secretions (dander), saliva and urine (it's actually not their hair)...”

Test Melatonin Levels a treatment
“...An increasing number of laboratories offer saliva testing as a convenient way to check melatonin status...”

Testosterone Levels, Test a treatment
“...A serum total testosterone (blood test) is usually sufficient and urine or saliva testing will also work...”


...the condition
“...Although they are most commonly found in animal manure, contaminated soil, dust, and saliva, they can be present on just about any surface...”

TMJ Problems

...the condition
“...The TMJ Association lists these symptoms because TMJ implant patients frequently report them ... abnormalities of the parotid glands (the salivary glands, located below and in front of each ear)...”

Typhoid Fever

...the condition
“...The lack of saliva coating the tongue often diminishes the patient's thirst for water as well as desire for food...”
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