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Pharyngitis

Relieving pharyngitis with homoeopathy

A sore throat is a common condition that can affect the vast majority of the population. Pharyngitis is an inflammation that affects the pharynx; the upper respiratory tract is thus attacked by viruses or by bacteria.

Pharyngitis, a painful throat affection

Manifestations of the disease consist of pain in the larynx. The throat is especially painful when the affected person is swallowing food or speaking. Talking becomes very distressing since the throat hurts and the voice becomes hoarse, sometimes even going out. In addition, the tonsils often swell, making it harder to breathe and swallow. Sometimes, the affected person may suffer from fever as well.

There are two types of pharyngitis: acute pharyngitis, which is the most common, and chronic pharyngitis. Mainly of viral origin, acute pharyngitis strikes those that are exposed to the cold and drafts and those who have use their voice excessively. Chronic pharyngitis affects people who develop a tendency to relapse. Indeed, pharyngitis recurs when certain conditions are repeated. People prone to to alcohol addiction are also at high risk of  contracting pharyngitis. But in general, it appears that developping a sore throat usually occurs in winter.

Symptoms of pharyngitis

Redness at the back of the throat is often a recognizable sign of pharyngitis. The diagnosis is confirmed by the presence of yellowish, grayish or whitish secretions. The most common symptoms are pain or tickling sensations in the throat, dry cough, an urge to clear the throat or the feeling that a foreign body obstructs it.

How to treat pharyngitis by resorting to homoeopathy?

It is recommended to treat pharyngitis by resorting to natural treatments and remedies made from plants, minerals and animal substances. There are drugs designed according to the homoeopathic method and that are well-suited to each type of case diagnosed. Thus, Belladonna can be used to treats conditions of which the onset is sudden, as is the case of inflammation, fever and pain. Pyrogenium is one of the major remedies and is a substitute of greater effectiveness than antibiotics. The usual dosage consists of a daily 7-CH intake. Apis mellifica is used against throat pain and swallowing difficulties.

Take 5 granules of Argentum nitricum 9 CH three times a day until the symptoms disappear.  When one is subject to a sensation of “having a splinter stuck in the throat”, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Hepar sulfuris calcareum 9 CH once a day or 5 granules of Phytolacca decandra 9 CH three times a day, especially if the pain spreads to the ears when swallowing.

When should you consult a doctor?

Seeking medical attention becomes necessary when the treatments prove to be ineffective. One mus consult a doctor when the fever takes on fundamentally disturbing aspects or if a symptom lasts for an unusually long period of time. Moreover, if threats of complications occur, especially in a young child, a medical consultation becomes mandatory.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “pharyngitis”

Associated treatments

•    Apis Mellifica
•    Argentum Nitricum
•    Hepar Sulfuris Calcareum
•    Kalium Carbonicum
•    Mercurius Corrosivus
•    Mercurius Solubilis
•    Muriaticum Acidum
•    Nitricum Acidum
•    Phytolacca Decandra
•    Sabadilla

Associated pathologies

•    Angina
•    Laryngitis

Good to know: The homoeopathic remedies that can be used to treat pharyngitis in infants are Ipeca 4 CH, Antimonium tartaricum 4 CH, Blatta orientalis 4 CH and Pyrogenium 9 CH. Nine granules of each of these remedies need to be administered 4 to 5 times a day orally after having been previously diluted in a small quantity of water.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.