A sore throat, a condition known to us all, can stem from a viral infection, an allergy, or a simple irritation. It can be difficult to swallow and your throat and glands can swell uncomfortably. Most of us will experience it at least once or twice each year. Here is the first of a two-parter on the many great throat healers from the realm of homeopathic medicine. Today we look at the first four.
Now, a sore throat may also be called “pharyngitis” which means a painful inflammation in the back of the throat. It extends through the back of your tongue, the tonsils, and the roof of your mouth. Far and away, a type of bacteria or a virus is most likely to blame.
So, let’s look at the first four of nine homeopathic remedies for sore throat, along with the list of characteristic symptoms.
1. “Phytolacca Decandra”
This North American plant is a useful treatment if a sore throat is accompanied by swollen tonsils, and a throat that is noticeably red — a dark shade of red. Other symptoms that would warrant using Phytolacca decandra are difficulty swallowing, possible pain radiating to your ears, pain upon sticking out your tongue, and a voice that has become hoarse. Try to gargle with a tincture mix for 30 seconds to a minute. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt for an added bonus.
This remedy is effective if your sore throat has come on suddenly and rather strongly after you’ve been exposed to cold, dry, and/or windy conditions. What often happens is you will be chronically thirsty, run a fever during the first 24 hours, and feel highly anxious and restless. The color of your face will redden, possibly switching between a pale color and red.
The fundamental principle behind using this homeopathic herb for sore throat is this: the pain, inflammation, and symptoms will be predominantly left-sided. Your throat will feel swollen. The pain is worse when at night, in the morning upon waking, and after you drink tea, coffee, or other warm beverages. The pain isn’t as bad when you’re eating food, or anything cold. You feel sensitive to touch, and you can’t stand to wear clothes such as dress shirts or turtlenecks — anything that constricts the throat or even lends that impression.
4. “Mercurius Vivus”
This remedy, with a fun-to-say name, is useful for a particularly harsh sore throat that feels raw and burning. The throat and tonsils are swollen and your mouth is practically dripping with saliva constantly, forcing you to swallow. You are very sensitive to heat and cold, which does not make for many comfort scenarios. This is a sore throat you want ended as quickly as possible. Mercurius may help do that for you. Other symptoms include bad breath, sweat, metallic taste in the mouth, yellow coating on the tongue, possibly canker sores, and possible swollen glands in the neck — and all symptoms are worse at night.