Last week, I told you about some homeopathic remedies for a sore throat. Here is the second and final part of a look into homeopathy’s ability to soothe a sore throat. This batch of health secrets can do wonders for throats that are raw, swollen, painful, and…let’s, just say, many other adjectives.
A sore throat generally subsides within several days, but can hang around as long as two weeks. Sometimes it can be a warning that you have an infection that needs treatment right away. Call your doctor if you experience any of these along with the sore throat: painful swallowing even for liquids; a hard time breathing out of your mouth; noisy breathing; excessive drooling; or a high fever.
Here are the final five remedies in our list of the best of homeopathy (here’s my previous article with the first four remedies):
A “Belladonna” sore throat is one that happens out of nowhere and tends to be quite intense. The throat is red and swollen, throbbing with pain. Your face may be red and flushed, while your neck hot, sore, and even swollen. There may be a fever. At night, the pain is worse, for some reason usually on the right side. Your throat will feel constricted and swallowing won’t feel very good.
6. Hepar Sulphuris
It’s highly unlikely that you could get a splinter lodged in your throat (save perhaps eating a small piece of unfinished wood), but that is what this sore throat would feel like. You’ll have sharp pains in the throat, extended to the ear sometimes when you swallow, as if something’s jabbing you. Suffice to say, one hallmark symptom for “Hepar Sulphuris” is extreme irritability. You also feel chills often, and are more comfortable in warm environments and drinking warm beverages. Your senses are heightened to the point where you are oversensitive to noise, light, motion, and all the rest of that fun stuff.
This sore throat develops slowly, getting steadily worse over a period of several days. You start to feel weak and heavy, like you’re dragging around a bag of dullness. Along with the soreness, you get flu-like symptoms such as chills and fever. The throat pain may extend to the ears when you swallow.
Your throat is sore and hot, and red or blue in color. You have shooting pains up your face when you swallow food and drink. Warm beverages make everything worse. There’s a good chance the glands in your neck are swollen — if they are, they are likely painful. Pain is worse at the back of the throat, and it feels like there is a lump down there. If you stick your tongue out, you might feel a bit of pain in the root of the tongue.
9. Ulmus Rubra
Also known as slippery elm, this herb is an excellent all-purpose sore throat treatment. As a matter of fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers slippery elm a safe and reasonably effective way to relieve sore throat and cough. Take a peek at some of the throat lozenges and liquid remedies in the pharmacy and you might find this plant as an ingredient. It has high mucilage content, helping soothe an irritated throat.