Tonsillitis is a common infection that presents as inflammation, redness, swelling and pain in the throat. Many people experience additional symptoms including lethargy, muscle pain swollen glands, fever, chills and vomiting. Traditional doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics for tonsillitis, but many people prefer to use more natural and safe remedies to treat their infection and provide relief from unpleasant symptoms.
Not all sore throats are caused by an infection of the tonsils and many are the result of common colds or flu viruses. Additional symptoms that accompany a cold include swollen glands, blocked or runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever and headache. Antibiotics are not required for colds and flus unless there is an infection present. Alternative treatments that build up the immune system are far more effective than traditional medicines that only mask a person’s symptoms. Always contact your regular health practitioner before starting any type of natural treatment.
Vitamin C is a great way to boost the immune system helping it to fight infection and reduce symptoms such as swelling and pain. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, beta-carotenes and bioflavonoids. Vitamin C can be taken as a supplement or by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables.
Echinacea targets the lymphatic system helping it to cleanse the blood and strengthen the immune system. It also reduces inflammation and stimulates white blood cells in the body which are responsible for attacking pathogens. Echinacea is available in liquid form or dried and should be taken whilst the infection is present and for no more than ten days thereafter. Always seek the advice of a herbalist regarding correct dosage.
Homeopathic Belladonna may able to prevent the onset of tonsillitis if it is given at the first sign of a sore throat. Belladonna is prescribed by a large number of homeopaths for the treatment of tonsillitis and other forms of sore throat. A person requiring belladonna will exhibit symptoms such as red and swollen tonsils, difficulty swallowing, pain on both sides of the throat, fever and lethargy. Their face may be bright red, with glassy eyes and a high fever.
Homeopathic Baryta Carbonica
Baryta Carbonica is regarded as one of the best treatments for tonsillitis as it prevents pus from forming on the tonsils. The person requiring Baryta Carbonica may experience overly enlarged and swollen glands and more severe pain on the right side of the throat. The tonsils are often so swollen as to appear touching. Children who suffer from recurring tonsillitis and are sensitive to cold and damp climates may benefit from homeopathic Baryta Carbonica.
Homeopathic Mericurius Solubis
Mercurius solubis is a remedy for a variety of cold and throat symptoms. The remedy is indicated for those suffering from a severe sore throat, excessive salivation, bad breath and they may also have indentations on the tongue from the teeth. Other symptoms may include joint pain, headache, swollen glands, excessive thirst, weakness and green or yellow nasal discharge.
A hearty bowel of chicken soup is a centuries old remedy for the common cold that can be traced back to the Jewish doctor Maimonides. Plenty of anecdotal evidence exists for the healing ability of chicken soup from patients, mothers and even the University of Maryland recommends it for relieving the symptoms of a cold. Inhaling the steam from chicken soup helps to break up congestion in the chest and sinuses, and the warm liquid soothes a sore throat. Adding vegetables such as garlic helps to boost the soup’s healing power. Garlic is one of the most effective natural antibiotics that has the ability to fight bacteria and viruses.
Ginger is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe a painful sore throat and calm an upset stomach. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, combining ginger with turmeric boosts the anti-inflammatory properties of both herbs and can help to soothe the digestive tract and relieve sore, aching muscles. Ginger and turmeric supplements are available from health food stores, but preparing a tea using fresh herbs is the most effective treatment. Steep a one inch piece of raw turmeric and ginger in two cups of boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and allow it to cool before sweetening with raw honey. Those taking blood-thinning medications should contact their regular doctor before using turmeric or ginger.
“Desktop Guide”; Dr. Roger Morrison; 1993
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