Cayce Health Database
IPSAB - AN HERBAL REMEDY FOR GUM PROBLEMS
by Tom Johnson and Carol A. Baraff
Numerous readings recommend a solution
called Ipsab as a treatment for the gums and teeth. It is not
known where the name originated - possibly it was coined by Edgar
Cayce's source of information. In Cayce's day at least, Ipsab
was not a commercial product.
Many readings prescribing it also gave directions
for making it, but these formulas varied somewhat. In a few instances
it is stated that the finished product should be a paste, but the majority
of cases suggest a liquid. If desired, a paste may be easily made
by adding salt in sufficient amounts to the liquid.
The Ipsab formula requires prickly ash bark, salt,
calcium chloride, peppermint, and iodine. Salt acts as an astringent,
shrinking the gum membranes between the teeth so that the other ingredients
can reach these areas. The primary active ingredient is prickly
ash bark. This was known to the American Indians as "toothache bark,"
and Cayce referred to it by the same terms.
In many cases Ipsab was suggested simply for general
upkeep of the teeth and gums:
Using, then for the teeth and gums, to strengthen
same, those properties as found in that combination [Ipsab] as has been
given for such conditions through these forces. (257-11)
Some local attention [to the teeth] is needed.
The natural tendency of a disturbance in the circulatory forces to the
sensory organs, as indicated, is to make for a lack of the proper circulation
through the gums and to the portions of the teeth themselves.
If the solution known as Ipsab is used to massage
the gums occasionally, it will make for a strengthening of the areas and
a preserving of their usefulness. Once or twice a week this would
be thoroughly massaged into the gums, and will make a great deal of change
in the gums and the teeth. Do that. (987-1)
Do use Ipsab as a massage for the gums and it will
make a great deal of difference with the teeth, the breath and the general
We would use same [Ipsab] not upon cotton, for
this body, but upon the finger use it and massage; not only the gums where
the teeth are but where they are not! And we will find that the
stimulation to the activities of the throat itself, to the salivary glands,
to even the tonsil area, will be materially aided by the activity of the
combination of the calcium with the iodine in same, as well as the antiseptics
that arise from the vegetable forces in same as combined with sodium chloride.
Ipsab, in diluted form, was recommended for the developing
teeth of babies. The following readings were given for a one-year-old
and a nine-months-old child, respectively:
Also during this period of the formation of the
teeth, keep sufficient quantities of iodine in the food values for the
body, as well as calcium and so forth. It will be found that a massage
of the gums occasionally with those properties known as Ipsab will be
helpful ... as these processes are carried on through the activity of
the thyroid operations in the body. (314-2)
Q-2. Are teeth forming normally?
A-2. These are very good. We would find that a weakened
solution of Ipsab for the gums would tend to relieve the pressure and
make for normalcy in the salivary glands, as well as strengthening the
tissue in the mouth. This should be reduced at least half, and the
gums massaged with a tuft of cotton with same. This also adds to
the amount of saline, calcium and iodine, for the activity of the glands
in mouth and throat. (299-2)
Ipsab seems to be especially effective in treatment
of bleeding or receding gums and for treatment and prevention of pyorrhea.
In one reading Cayce stated that some element in the prickly ash bark
destroyed the germs that cause pyorrhea. Ipsab was also prescribed
for trench mouth and other types of gum problems:
Q-1. What can I do about pyorrhea condition in my teeth?
A-1. Use Ipsab regularly each day and rinse mouth out when it
with Glyco-Thymoline. (5121-1)
The receding gums and those tendencies towards
pyorrhea would be allayed by the consistent use of Ipsab as a massage
for the teeth and gums. Also these should be treated, some locally,
with the dentist's paraphernalia [and also] - the small wads of cotton
saturated with the Ipsab and applied in the areas where the conditions
are indicated at the base or edge of the gums. (3696-1)
This will purify and make for such a condition
as to assist in correcting the trouble where there has been the softening
of the teeth themselves - or the enamel on same. (1026-1)
[Note: The preceding report was written by Tom Johnson and Carol A. Baraff
and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1972, Volume
10, No. 6, page 257, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation,
Virginia Beach, VA.]
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health