Home Medications and Treatments for Tonsillitis
The tonsils are lumps of tissue located on either side of the back of your throat. They function as part of the immune system to help fight germs that try to enter your body through your mouth. Today, tonsils are recognized for their role in filtering harmful bacteria and viruses that could cause more serious infections. When tonsillitis strikes, the first line of treatment is typically self-care or antibiotics. Surgery is seldom necessary, unless tonsillitis recurs often or it interferes with breathing or swallowing.
Whether your tonsillitis is caused by a virus or bacteria, you may have one or more of these symptoms:
Difficulty feeding (in babies)
Pain with swallowing
Nausea and vomiting
Redness of the tonsils and throat
Tenderness in the glands of the neck (swollen lymph glands)
White patches on the tonsils
Redness of the eyes
Ear pain (nerves that go to the back of the throat also go to the ear)
Whether viral or bacterial, tonsillitis is transmitted commonly by social contact from droplets in the air from sneezing. Most of the time, tonsillitis is caused by a viral infection. Bacterial tonsillitis can be caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria that causes strep throat. Strep throat can lead to a more serious condition rheumatic fever, which can affect the heart several years later.
Lime is one of the most effective remedies in the treatment of acute tonsillitis. A fresh lime squeezed in a glass of warm water, with four teaspoons of honey and a quarter teaspoon of common flat, should be sipped slowly in such cases.
Milk has been found valuable in tonsillitis. A glass of pure boiled milk, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder, should be taken every night for three nights in the treatment of this condition. It will bring beneficial results.
Juices of carrot, beet, and cucumber, taken individually or in combination, are especially beneficial. The formula proportion recommended, when used in combination is 300 ml of carrot juice, 100 ml of beet juice, and 100 ml of cucumber juice.
Banafsha flowers, botanically known as Viola odorata, are beneficial in the treatment of tonsillitis. About 12 gm of these flowers should be boiled in 50 ml of milk. This milk should be taken hot after being filtered. The filtered banafasha can also be lightly fried in ghee and worn round and throat as a poultice at night.
A gargle made from fenugreek seeds is very effective in severe cases of tonsillitis. To make such a gargle, two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be allowed to simmer for half an hour in a liter of water and then set aside to cool. The entire quantity should be used the same day as a soothing gargle. It will have beneficial results.
Make sure plenty of fluids are drunk, especially if there is fever. Do not worry if your child has not eaten much for a few days, as long as they are drinking. Offer cold drinks, sips of ice to suck or ice blocks. Jelly and ice cream may be appreciated. Children and the older adults should be taken to the doctor if they have not managed to drink anything for 15 hours.
Avoid foods that weaken the immune system:
- Refined and processed foods.
- Dairy and high fat products.
- Sugar and high sugar products.
Daily dry friction and a hipbath, as well as breathing and other exercises, should all form part of the daily health regimen. The bowels should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema during the period of fasting. A cold pack should be applied to the throat at two-hourly intervals during the day. A hot Epsom salts bath taken everyday or every other day will also be beneficial.