Homeopathy for Sore Throat

A sore throat can be very irritating and the pain can be a big distraction in your daily life. It may also cause you to lose your normal speaking voice, resulting in a very hoarse-sounding voice. If you wish to avoid any drugs to alleviate the pain and irritation, homeopathy may be the answer you seek. Homeopathy is a type of alternative treatment using very small doses of natural ingredients to trigger the body's healing system. This treatment was established towards the end of the 18th century in Germany. The theory behind the treatment believes that a substance that can cause symptoms when taken in a large amount, can actually be used in very small doses to treat similar symptoms.

Homeopathy for Sore Throat

Below is a list of the medicines that are used in homeopathy to treat sore throats:

1. Aconitum

This medicine is considered first when the patient initially complains of a sudden sore throat. It can be used when the throat appears inflamed with a burning sensation, when you have dry throat and cough.

2. Arsenicum

This is used when the patient has a sore throat that is worsened by cold food/drinks and relieved by warmth. The sore throat may be accompanied by a post-nasal drip into the back of the throat. The pain is almost concentrated to the right side of the throat. The patient is thirsty and relieves the dryness of the throat by taking numerous sips of water.

3. Apis

Apis is a homeopathy for sore throat that is used when there is throat pain and you have difficulty swallowing. The swelling includes the throat and the uvula which hangs down from the back of the throat. The patient often feels like there is something caught in the throat. The voice may sound thicker, especially in the morning upon waking. Warm drinks worsen the pain while cold drinks relieve it.

4. Belladonna

This remedy is used for tonsillitis and when the patient first complains of a sore throat. The tonsils appear inflamed and it is usually painful to swallow. The patient often craves lemons or lemonade. There may be a high fever accompanying the soreness of the throat.

5. Ferrum Phos

This is used when the pain and inflammation in the throat is mild. There is a difficulty in swallowing and the pain can be described as a burning sensation. The patient may also have a hoarse voice and the pain improves with cold drinks.

7. Hepar Sulph

This type of homeopathy for sore throat is considered when the condition is related to cold. Patients often describe the sensation as having a stick at the back of the throat. Tonsils appear enlarged in these patients and pain can spread to the ears. Hot drinks can relieve the pain.

8. Ignatia

This medicine is used when patients feel relief when swallowing foods but feel pain more acutely when empty swallowing. They may feel a lump in the throat and may even lose their voice completely. 

9. Lachesis

Lachesis can be used for the patient who feels the pain more acutely on the left side of the throat with associated swelling more visible on the left side. The pain is aggravated by empty swallowing and hot foods. The throat area is very sensitive to touch.

10. Sulphur

This is used when the patient has a sore throat that is relieved by cold drinks. The tonsils are inflamed and there may be an offensive breath.

More Options to Soothe Sore Throat

If homeopathy for sore throats is not an choice for you, there are other options available:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications will relieve the pain and decrease the swelling.

  • Gargle with saltwater: ½ teaspoon of regular table salt dissolved in a cup of water used as a gargle will decrease any swelling and flush out any bacteria or toxins.

  • Throat lozenges and sprays: commercially available products specifically for sore throats can help with pain and dryness that you experience with a sore throat. Some products also contain antiseptics to eradicate any bacteria.

  • Honey, used in tea or by itself can soothe a sore throat.

  • Keep hydrated to keep the mucus membranes moist and the body will be better able to fight off the infection. Water is the best way to keep hydrated but you can also consume diluted fruit juice or some chicken broth. Herbal tea can also be consumed to soothe a dry and irritated throat. 

  • Rest is important so that your body can concentrate on fighting the infection.

  • If the sore throat is caused by a Streptococcus pyogenes bacterial infection and this is positively diagnosed by your doctor, he may prescribe a course of antibiotics. This antibiotic course should be taken as per the instructions given and the full course should be completed. After a few doses of the antibiotic therapy, you should begin to feel better.

When to See a Doctor

  • When the sore throat persists for longer than 7 days
  • If you have impeded breathing
  • If you struggle to swallow comfortably
  • If your child experiences any unusual drooling which will be an indication of a difficulty in swallowing
  • Fever that is higher that 38.3 degrees Celsius
  • Joint pains
  • A lump in the neck
  • Appearance of blood in the mucus or saliva
  • Rash
  • Earache
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