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Dysphonia

Relieving dysphonia with homoeopathy

Dysphonia is a disorder of the ENT sphere that is characterized by an alteration of the voice’s level, tone and intensity. When they reach 40 to 50 years old, some people start suffering from spasmodic dysphonia, which results in a voice disorder. In fact, the subject speaks jerkily, as if he or she is no longer able to control his or her voice. People suffering from dysphonia can choose to undergo speech therapy as soon as the first symptoms appear.

Symptoms of dysphonia

A broken voice, hoarseness or even loss of voice are alarming signs that might possibly indicate a dysphonia. This condition of the ENT sphere often affects artists who frequently use their vocal cords. In general, they consult a specialist as soon as they notice changes in their vocal abilities, such as difficulties producing high-pitched sounds for example. These people even feel pain when they exercise. During the examination with a specialist, the patient must describe the order according to which the unusual symptoms have appeared. Furthermore, the patient will take this opportunity to describe his or her level of tolerance to the changes in the voice and how he or she adapts to this ENT disorder.

The patient must also tell the doctor if he or she is a smoker, if he or she has had a gastroesophageal reflux disease, and if he or she has allergies or sinus, lung or nasopharyngeal infections. Dysphonia may also be caused by trauma, overuse of the voice or surgery involving the thyroid gland.

Homoeopathic remedies according to the symptoms

Rhus toxicodendron is the most commonly used homoeopathic remedy for the treatment of dysphonia. To be more specific, take a 5-granule dose of the remedy in 9 CH dilution four times a day. In case the subject suffers from laryngitis accompanied by a voice extinction, he or she should take 5 granules of Causticum 4 CH three times a day.

Causticum 9 CH will only be administered if the patient experiences pain in the larynx and trachea after the onset of a dry cough. In this case, the treatment will consist of taking 5 granules of this remedy, 3-6 times a day depending on the severity of symptoms. If dysphonia has been clearly identified, the patient will need to take 5 granules of Causticum 15 CH two to four times a day. It can also be treated with Argentum metallicum. Note that homoeopathic remedies should generally be taken outside of meals, on top of which the patient should refrain from smoking, drinking coffee and eating mint.

When should you consult a doctor?

If the hoarseness of voice persists for more than 10 days, it is necessary to consult a doctor as soon as possible. Medical consultation is also required if the subject feels discomfort when swallowing or if he or she suffers from gastroesophageal reflux. Finally, a medical consultation is highly recommended if hoarseness of the voice or voice extinction suddenly appear.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “dysphonia”

Associated treatments

•    Argentum Metallicum
•    Argentum Nitricum
•    Arnica Montana
•    Arum Triphyllum
•    Causticum
•    Rhus Toxicodendron

Good to know: Voice transformations resulting from a cough or a cold should not be treated in the same manner as a dysphonia, which is a much more severe disorder that affects the ENT sphere. Rhus toxicodendron, Causticum and Argentum metallicum are among the most effective homoeopathic remedies that can be used for the treatment of this disease.

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