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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Sore Throats

by | Mar 8, 2021 | Acupuncture, Health, News

You can try TCM for your Sore throat as a safe and inexpensive method of treatment for a common disease. Sore throat is the condition where your throat experiences scratchiness or irritation that gets more painful as you swallow. This illness comes in two varieties: acute and chronic.

Acute cases may be caused by changes in wind, heat, and viruses that your body cannot handle. Sore throats caused by viruses may cause you some accompanying symptoms such as coughs that discharge yellow phlegm and fever. Your body can neutralize acute cases of the sore throat within a few days.

A chronic sore throat can last you for more than three months. These cases are usually caused by underlying issues in your body such as acid reflux, allergies, environmental irritants, etc.

It’s best to get diagnosed quickly when your symptoms manifest because traditional Chinese medicine works more effectively the earlier the treatment begins. If your sore throat continues to get worse, it might be a strep infection, which demands immediate medical attention.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?


Traditional Chinese Medicine is still as popular in this day and age as it was when your ancestors used it. This type of treatment was created by Taoist sages who recognized the patterns between the external environment and your body’s internal climate. The fruits of their labors have been practiced and improved upon for thousands of years to help treat your ailments. Remedies created through the tenets of this form of traditional medicine can provide you with relief without the side effects of modern-day medicine.

Herbal therapy and acupuncture can help your body find relief within the first few days of your sore throat manifesting. Destressing your body is one of the many ways these two therapies can help your body.

Nowadays, the fast-paced modern lifestyle has left you and so many others filled with stress and anxiety. This stress just builds up and has detrimental effects on your body, such as weakening your immune system. Your weakened immune system will not always be able to protect your body from the many dangerous pathogens found everywhere.

Relieving your stress levels should help you recover from your sore throat. There are many measures you can take to minimize your stress, such as Epsom salt baths, acupuncture, herbal tea and therapy, adjusting your sleeping positions, meditation, etc. As much as possible, it’s best to remove the cause of your stress from your life. If it’s not possible, limiting your exposure to your stressor while participating in relaxing activities can help you overcome stress. Visit Dr. Cook to learn healthy techniques to relieve your stress.

How can acupuncture relieve sore throats?


You have acupoints along your hand’s edge that can be stimulated to relieve your sore throat and other symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing. Acupuncture also helps your body by releasing endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain killers, which can reduce your pain and lift your mood. Since endorphins are naturally occurring inside your body, they do not cause side effects. The treatment also improves your circulation, which can make your herbal prescriptions work faster.

How can herbal prescriptions help sore throats?


Herbs come with many benefits when using the right ones at the appropriate dosages. The good thing about herbs is that their natural compounds and chemicals do not cause side effects when compared to modern-day pharmaceuticals.
One of the easiest ways to take herbs is through drinking tea.


Here are two types of tea that can help you soothe your sore throat:

  • Ginger Tea

    Ginger is a spicy herb with many beneficial effects your body sorely needs for sore throats. The first benefit you get from Ginger is its anti-inflammatory effects. Your throat feels painful and scratchy because of inflammation. Inflammation is by no means bad because it’s your body’s defensive response to keep diseases at bay. Ginger blocks some of your pro-inflammatory proteins to relieve some of the pain you may be experiencing from a sore throat.    

    It also has antimicrobial properties that can help kill the viruses causing your sore throat. At the very least, the antimicrobial properties can help speed up your recovery time from a sore throat.

  • Chamomile Tea
    Chamomile tea has many medicinal properties that you can enjoy. The tea contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe inflammation that is causing pain to your throat. Antioxidants found in tea can help your immune system fight back against infections and speed up your recovery. Finally, one of the most well-known benefits of Chamomile is its ability to help you sleep. Getting to sleep earlier can help you recover from your sore throat faster.

Dr. Cook can also prescribe herbal treatments, but these cannot be dispensed before your initial consultation. She must examine you first to determine your health and find out the best course of treatment for your condition.

In conclusion, traditional Chinese Medicine is a viable alternative treatment for your sore throat when compared to modern treatments because of its affordability and lack of side effects. Trying acupuncture and herbs such as Ginger and Chamomile tea can help your body neutralize the illness without the side effects.

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