Homeopathy: Safe, Gentle and Effective Solutions for Sore Throats
Are you a person who suffers with frequent sore throats – or has a family member who does? Well homeopathy can really help!
With back to school and the cool weather approaching, colds and sore throats can be frequent visitors this time of year. Make sure to give plenty of Vitamin C and D. Wash hands frequently. At the first sign of a sore throat, consider a zinc spray for the throat, Echinacea herbs, elderberry syrup and NAC (a great immune booster).
Here is a list of the most common homeopathic remedies to consider the next time you or a family member are suffering from a sore throat:
- Aconite: This homeopathic remedy is commonly called for when you have sudden onset of pain, especially following exposure to cold, windy weather. The throat is often very red with burning, smarting and dryness. Can also have a high fever with a great thirst for cold water. Especially in children, there can be fear and restlessness. Generally worse at night.
- Belladonna: This homeopathic remedy is frequently called for when treating sore throats. The throat is often bright red and worse on the right side. The throat feels very dry. The typical Belladonna patient has a high fever with a red face, large pupils, hot dry head, cold hands and feet, and seem “out of it”. It is also a “sudden onset” remedy.
- Lachesis: Patients requiring this homeopathic remedy commonly have a sore throat that is usually worse on the left side and can move from left to right. The throat can be a bluish- red color with pain that is raw or burning. Pain is typically worse during or in the morning on waking. Oddly, the patient can swallow solids more easily than liquids. They have an aversion to and feel worse from hot drinks, as well as any pressure or clothing around the throat. There can be a lump sensation on swallowing.
- Lycopodium: People requiring this remedy typically have a sore throat that begins on the right side – and may extend to the left side – the opposite of Lachesis. This patient tends to feel worse from 4-8PM. Unlike Lachesis – this patient is better from drinking – particularly warm drinks. The mood may be quite irritable.
- Mercurius: A patient needing this homeopathic remedy typically has smarting and a raw throat and there is great thirst (often for cold) with more saliva than usual. The smell coming from the patient’s mouth can be strong and unpleasant. Often worse at night and sweaty. You might be able to see some pus on the tonsil.
- Phosphorus: The keynote for prescribing this remedy is a great thirst for very cold water and drinking cold relieves the pain, at least temporarily. The person craves ice cream, ice and all cold things on the throat to soothe it.
- Hepar Sulph: This homeopathic remedy is often called for when swallowing sends stitching pain up to the ear. Pain is much worse from anything cold – cold air, cold drinks, cold wind. Patient is very sensitive to the pain and irritable from it.
If pain persists and is accompanied by fever, best to have a medical exam to rule out strep throat. While strep throat can besuccessfully treated with homeopathy, it’s better to know what you’re dealing with. With a positive strep culture, anti-biotics might need to be considered if the correct remedy is not found promptly (taken with probiotics, of course). If someone in your family is diagnosed with strep, or you hear it is going around in your child’s classroom, I would recommend giving those exposed to it the strep nosode.
A homeopathic nosode is a preparation using a microdose of, in this case, the streptococcus bacteria, diluted and potentized (ie, homeopathically prepared) to trigger an immune response that is protective to the exposed person. Yes, this is similar to the theory behind vaccinations… but without the squalene, formaldehyde, aluminum preservatives that can compromise the immune system.
If your child comes home from school having spent the day playing with a child infected with strep, giving the strep nosode preventatively (I recommend one pellet of 200c, repeated again 24 hours later) would help prevent the infection.
How to we know its effective?
There is plenty of excellent research on homeo-prophylaxis (prevention), as it is called. Just to cite a few facts:
*Following the implementation of a homeopathic immunization program in India for Japanese Encephalitis in 1999, mortality rates which had reached a high of 638 deaths from 2,038 cases fell to 4 deaths from 33 cases in 2001, with no other intervention recorded. The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that homeo-prophylaxis had been a vital factor in the sharp decline in the Japanese Encephalitis epidemic.
*In 1975, during a polio epidemic in Brazil, 40,000 at-risk (exposed) healthy people were given homeopathic prophylaxis, with none subsequently developing polio.
* In 1996 during an epidemic of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever in Delhi, India, the Dengue nosode was distributed to over 39,000 at-risk healthy people. Follow-up 10 days later showed that less than 1% had developed only mild symptoms of the disease, with the rest showing no signs of illness. The WHO stats claim that during epidemics of Dengue, illness rates can reach as high as 80% of the population, claiming that the decline in illness after homeopathic prevention with the nosode was clinically significant.
Other successful uses of nosodes in homeopathic prevention of contagious disease include: a 2010 immunization program against the swine flu by the Cuban government with almost 10 million people, with clinically significant results; another campaign by the Cuban government to inoculate the population against an epidemic of leptospirosis in 2010 involving over 2 million people of all ages. This cost was about USD$200,000 vs over USD $3 million for the vaccines, and was considered highly successful; in 2011, the Brazilian Health service did a placebo-controlled clinical trial of homeo-prophylaxis with 600 children to prevent flu and acute respiratory infections with results that were statistically significant vs placebo.
I could go on and on. For more details on the above studies, check the internet. For more references, feel free to contact me directly; I have a whole list!