- in the West, throat problems are usually linked to common colds and infections causing inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis) or larynx (laryngitis). There is generally dryness, hoarseness, and difficulty in swallowing. The standard treatment is antimicrobials to combat the underlying infection and soothing, astringent herbs to ease the discomfort and inflammation.
- In Chinese medicine acute sore throats are generally regarded as being due to invasion by "wind·heat evils," in a similar way to certain types of common colds. Once these " external evils" move inside the body, they can lead to a range of more serious ills, including pneumonia and bronchitis, so the aim is always to treat such syndromes while they are still " superficial."
- In ayurveda sore throats are categorized depending on the underlying humoral imbalance: kapha sore throats have associated phlegm, while vata sore throats are dry and are treated with moist, mucilaginous remedies, such as ghee or sweet flag. Pitta conditions are generally linked to infections, so antimicrobial herbs are used. The throat chakra (energy center) is also significant, with voice quality and strength being linked to both the humors and energy levels.
Herbs that may be helpful:
- Salvia Officinalis | Sage
- Commiphora Molmol | Myrrh | Mo Yao | bola
- Agrimonia SPP. | Agrimony | Xian He Cao
- Rubus SPP. | Raspberry | Fu Pen Zi
- Rosmarinus Officinalis | Rosemary