Tonsillitis is a condition of inflammation of the tonsils, which lie one each on each both sides of the throat. Tonsillitis may be acute (one-time) or chronic (characterized by repeated attacks of infection).
Causes of Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis primarily occurs because of two reasons:
- Exposure to sudden cold
- Non elimination of toxicity through normal channels – such as in constipation
Symptoms of Tonsillitis
- Sore throat
- Pain in swallowing
- Inflamed and red tonsils, when inspected by opening the mouth wide
- Headache and pain in various parts of the body
- General weakness
Natural Remedies for Tonsillitis
Lime: Lime is one of the most effective home remedy for tonsillitis. Fresh lime with warm water, honey and common salt should be sipped slowly, thrice a day to alleviate the condition.
Milk with Turmeric: Hot boiled milk mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of pepper powder taken before going to bed is very effective in arresting inflammation and alleviating tonsillitis pain.
Common salt: Gargle with warm water with a pinch of common salt for immediate relief from pain. In case of intense pain, directly apply salt to the inflamed tonsils.
Carrot juice: Carrot is rich in Vitamin A and has great anti toxicant properties which helps reduce toxins and alleviate tonsillitis. Carrot is very effective carminative and is especially useful if tonsillitis is caused due to constipation.
Fenugreek seeds: 3 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds should be boiled in a liter of water. This water can be used over the entire day as gargle. Regular gargle is the most effective home cure for tonsillitis.
Figs: Paste prepared by boiling figs in water when applied externally on the throat area provides relief from tonsillitis pain.
Beet: Beet is a rich source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iodine, manganese and copper. Added to this, beetroot is rich in folic acid. This rejuvenates the resistance of the body to fight toxicity. Thus beet juice is highly recommended as it counters the toxic agents that cause tonsillitis. Beet is a high fiber food and is also recommended, if tonsillitis is caused by constipation.
Cucumber: Cucumber like beet is a very effective detoxifying agent, which clears the blood stream of excess uric acid. It also possesses laxative properties making it a very effective home cure for tonsillitis.
Chamomile: Chamomile tea mixed with lemon and honey is an effective home cure for tonsillitis.
Alum: Powdered alum mixed in warm water if used for gargling reduces inflammation and is effective in providing relief from tonsillitis.
Banafsha flowers (Botanical name: Voila odorata): Taking milk boiled with banafsha flower is an effective natural cure for tonsillitis.
Butter tree leaves: (Botanical name: Madhuca Indica):The leaves of butter tree contain alkaloid glucosidic saponin and its lotion when used as a gargle is highly effective in the treatment of acute and chronic tonsillitis.
Indian solanum (Botanical name: Salanum xanthocarpum):The extract of this plant is used in the ancient Indian ayurvedic system of medicine for treating throat disorders particularly tonsillitis The plant is boiled in about 2 litres of water till it reduces to half its volume. The liquid is then filtered and is used as a gargle for treatment of tonsillitis.
Babul (Botanical name: Acacia arabica): The bark of babul contains tannin and gallic acids which are effective in curing throat disorders. A decoction of the bark mixed with rock salt should be used as a gargle for effectively curing tonsillitis.
An all fruit diet specially comprising of orange juice taken for 3-4 days, is very helpful in cleansing the body of toxicity and is recommended for patients suffering from chronic tonsillitis.
One can then resume on a well balanced diet comprising of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits.
Foods to avoid
- Curd, Buttermilk
- Spices and condiments
- Fried food
- Warm water enema is recommended for patients suffering from chronic tonsillitis
- Apply cold pack to the throat.
- Avoid smoking as the tar aggravates tonsil inflammation.