Below are some of the most
common homeopathic remedies for sore throats to be considered during the cold
and flu season:
Alumina Useful in relaxed conditions of the mucous membrane of
the throat, as in clergymen's sore throat. The throat is dark red and
the uvula elongated. Dryness is also a prominent symptom; it has a
Ammonium muriaticum has sore throat with viscid phlegm, so tough
that it cannot be hawked up. There is rawness in the naso-pharynx and
ApisStinging pains in the throat,
with oedema; the throat feel constricted , and the pharynx has a shiny
appearance. Blisters in throat, with much swelling inside and outside.
Sensation of a splinter in the throat when swallowing; secretion of
clear tenacious mucus, rawness in pharynx and larynx with altered tone
Baptisia is useful in ulcerated
sore throat, with excessively offensive odor from the parts. Excessive
putridity marks the remedy.
BelladonnaThis remedy corresponds to
many sore throats and is very often prescribed. Its symptoms must be
carefully followed to secure the best results. It is indicated by great
dryness and brightness of the throat; it has a glazed appearance, the
fauces are inflamed, the tonsils are swollen and enlarged, worse on the
right side; constant desire to swallow. There is constricted sensation
in the throat, worse from swallowing when liquids and even food are
ejected through the nose. There is great soreness from the swelling and
hyperaesthesia of the fauces. Sore throats of catarrhal origin, rapid in
progress and having dryness as a prominent symptoms are promptly
relieved by Belladonna. A great aversion to drink with the sore throat
Cantharis A very useful throat remedy;
it has a highly inflamed throat covered with a plastic lymph. there is
spasm of the throat with a feeling of intense constriction. The throat
feels as if on fire, the pain seems to be at the back of the throat. It
has been found most useful at the conclusion of inflammatory and the
commencement of catarrhal sore throats.
CapsicumUseful in sore throats of
smokers and drinkers, with burning and
relaxed uvula, throat sore and contracted even when not swallowing; the
fauces are dark red. There is excessive smarting and burning; cold
Cistus Canadensis has great dryness of the throat; so dry that there
is a sensation of sand in the throat and the patient drinks often to
moisten the parts.
Left-sided throats with low form of blood poisoning. Bleeding from orifices
of the body, body appears mottled, yellow and blue, gangrenous or
diphtheritic throat, much swelling of glands, impossible to swallow liquids,
throat slightly constricted. Low passive delirium, muttering and mumbling
Ferrum phosphoricumDry, red,
inflamed and painful throat, sore throats of singers and speakers.
Gelsemium Fauces dry and irritated and
burning; the tonsils are inflamed.
GraphitesChronic sore throat, with the
sensation of a lump in the throat.
Guaiacum This remedy is considered almost specific in ordinary
pharyngitis, when it is worse on the right side, where the tonsils are
swollen and throat is so dry that the patient must drink to assist
deglutition, the throat is less red than under Belladonna and the
follicles are involved, stinging pains in the throat or a burning like a
pepper worse in warm moist air. Aching in the throat and neck, holds
neck when talking.
Ulcers in throat, sensation of splinters or fish-bones in throat, pain
extends to ear, on yawning and swallowing and turning the head, ameliorated
by warm drinks (Lycopodium), patient feels very
cold, particularly affected each time he goes out in dry cold winds, or cold
east winds. Fever with sweating and a desire to be covered up; profuse
perspiration, yet he wants several blankets over him; objects to drafts,
open doors and windows. Suppurative throat troubles, tonsillitis and
retropharyngeal abscess will call for Hepar. The sensation of a fish
bone in the throat is quite characteristic.
Kali-bichromium Has deep scooped-out ulcers on tonsils, the saliva is sticky
and stringy. Sore throat, with swelling of the tonsils, and ulcers
which exude a purulent discharge; there are diseased follicles which
exude a caseous matter; the coating of the tongue is yellow at the base;
there is an accumulation of sticky tenacious mucus in the pharynx and
pains in the Eustachian tubes. Sensation of dryness, of burning and of
rawness, or a
scraping feeling as if something were sticking in the throat.
Kali carbonicumA fish bone
sensation in the throat, with hawking; no
other remedy has this hawking and sensation combined.
muriaticum One of our best remedies for follicular pharyngitis where
there is a gray or white exudation, the tonsils are swollen and
inflamed, and there is grayish spots or ulcers on them. It is almost
specific for the form of ulcerated sore throat which results from
gastric disturbances. The glands about the throat are swollen.
Lachesis Left-sided or
left to right. Sensation of fullness of neck, difficult breathing, choking
ongoing to sleep or swallowing, aggravation of throat symptoms from warm
drinks, unable to swallow, pain worse empty swallowing; purple throat.
Sensation of a lump in the throat, which seems to go down when
swallowing, but returns again; constriction of throat and difficult
breathing, worse arousing from sleep or after sleep. The throat is
sensitive externally, and though the throat is bluish-red the discomfort
is much greater than the appearance of the parts would warrant. Its
field embraces also irritable and nervous sore throats. Lachesis has not
that deep-seated chronic inflammation of the glands of the pharynx.
Throat with alternating sides, right to left and to right again, throat
looks red and glazed and shiny with silver grey deposit, pains relieved by
swallowing cold or warm drinks.
Mercurius Spongy throat, fullness and
stiffness of neck, throat dry, swallowing is difficult. Mercurial odor
marked, tongue thickly coated, takes imprint of teeth, sub-maxillary glands
enlarged, dark red throat, acute prostration, weakness, offensive sweat,
patient worse at night, trembling of limbs. The preparations of mercury are
all great sore throat remedies. Dryness and great soreness of the
throat, the patient is obliged to swallow constantly and there is much
soreness and swelling of the glands; this is characteristic of the
remedy. The throat is raw and burning and also red and
swollen. It is useful in sub-acute or torpid anginas and in affections
of the throat appearing on every change of the weather. An offensive
breath is a guiding symptom.
Left to right, constant desire to hawk, a lump in throat, tenacious mucus,
empty swallowing aggravate, gland swollen, fauces dark red, dreams
troublesome, feels light headed as if floating.This remedy is similar to the
protoiodide, except that is more acute and worse on left side; there is
more glandular swelling and more fever than in the protoiodide, thus
partaking more of the features of Iodine. It is especially useful in
chronic follicular tonsillitis.
Here the uvula is swollen and there is intense burning, worse from
pressure; constriction of the throat, throat feels dry and stiff,
swelling causes spasm. The external and glands are enormously swollen.
Great swelling of the glands and accumulation of
thick, tenacious mucus in the throat mark this remedy. The tongue is
coated yellow at the base, the tips and sides being red. It is more
valuable in chronic troubles with less swelling than discharge.
Diphtheritic deposits beginning on the right side. Strongly right-sided,
remains on right side, tongue very thickly coated with yellow or light brown base, excessive secretion of tenacious mucus in the
throat, which is difficult to move, especially in the morning, offensive
fetid odor, warm drinks aggravate pain (opposite Lycopodium), patient very languid and excessively tired, nausea at sight
Natrum arsenicosum Dissecting room sore throat.
Natrum muriaticum Sensation as
of a hair in the throat, uvula elongated,
feeling of a plug in throat, tobacco user's sore throat. Ignatia.
plug in throat, worse when not swallowing. Nervous symptoms, marked
prostration and slow recuperation.
Nitric acid has splinter-like
sensations in throat, but due to ulcerative processes.
Nux Vomica This is a remedy
often overlooked in throat troubles , but it comes in more frequently
than many others. It suits the irritated throats of smokers, drinkers
and preachers; there is a follicular rawness and scraping in the throat
which is usually caused by irritation from tobacco smoke, liquors or
overuse of the voice. It is a chronic pharyngitis, and there may be
atrophic white patches in the throat. There is also supra-sternal
sensitiveness and a dry cough.
Pulsatilla Fauces dark red or
purplish and having the appearance of a varicose condition of the blood
vessels; scraping, rawness, and dryness in the throat, without thirst.
PhytolaccaThe vegetable Mercury is frequently indicated in sore throats, glands
swollen, thick tenacious mucus, symptoms worse nights. Aching in all bones,
body feels bruised and sore, bed feels hard. Mouth is fetid, tongue coated,
swallowing cold liquids relieves pain, warm drinks aggravate.pain (Lachesis).
Pain and stiffness in the cervical region. In throats that are dark in color
where the tonsils are dark red, the parts feel sore, and the pain on
swallowing is at the root of the tongue, accompanied by a general
aching in the back and limbs. It suits chronic follicular
pharyngitis where there is present a constant desire to clear the
throat of phlegm or a sensation of a hot ball in the throat worse
from hot fluids. The right side is more frequently the seat of the
Sanguinaria nitrate Chronic follicular or granular pharyngitis with
a sensation of heat in the throat, and a thick, yellow or
muco-sanguinolent expectoration. Burning, soreness and rawness in the
Senega is a most
useful remedy in simple sore throats or when there are
rheumatic complications. The 3rd potency is preferable.
as of a string hanging down into the throat.
Wyethia has great dryness in the pharynx and posterior nares, an
elongated uvula and burning of the epiglottis.
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