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Sore Throat

Causes

A sore throat may be caused by anything that irritates the sensitive mucous membranes at the back of the throat. Some irritants include viral and bacterial infections, allergic reactions, dust, smoke, fumes, hot foods or drinks, tooth or gum infections, abrasions. Hoarseness is considered a side effect.

Strep throat is caused by streptococcus and is characterized by inflammation and fever. In degrees of soreness, this one beats them all, with the exception of diphtheria possibly.
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Treatment

In the case of severe sore throat, a doctor should determine the cause and treatment. Most often, only a throat culture can rule out strep throat, and antibiotics should be prescribed by the doctor for this condition. Liquid vitamin C or fruit juices should be sipped, trickled down throat slowly. Sea salt in warm water should be gargled every few hours. Drink plenty of liquids, including fresh juices if possible. Raw honey and lemon juice is good. Eat yogurt if taking antibiotics. Get plenty of rest.
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Nutrients

Acidophilus, taken as directed on the label, helps maintain healthy balance of intestinal flora.

Garlic capsules, 2 capsules with meals, an immunostimulant and natural antibiotic.

Multivitamin and mineral complex, taken as directed on the label.

Vitamin A emulsion, 50,000 IU for 1 week, then 25,000 IU, speeds healing, especially mucous membranes. Emulsion is easily assimilated.

Vitamin C, 10,000 mg. once a day, helps in destroying the virus and boosts the immune system.

Zinc gluconate lozenges, dissolved in mouth every 2 hrs. till pain is relieved, but no longer than 1 week, enhances immune function.
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Herbs
  • Agrimony
  • Alder, black
  • Alumroot
  • Angelica
  • Balm of Gilead
  • Bayberry
  • Bearberry
  • Bear lichen
  • Bellwort, perfoliate
  • Bilberry
  • Bistort
  • Burdock
  • Burnet saxifrage
  • Capsicum
  • Centaury
  • Cinquefoil
  • Clover, red
  • Cloves
  • Colt’s foot
  • Comfrey
  • Coriander
  • Cranesbill
  • Dock, yellow
  • Dogwood, American
  • Echinacea
  • Elder
  • Elm, slippery
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fenugreek
  • Fern, maidenhair
  • Figwort
  • Garlic
  • Ginger, wild
  • Goldenrod
  • Golden seal
  • Hawthorn
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hyssop
  • Iron weed
  • Lady’s mantle
  • Licorice
  • Linden
  • Liver leaf
  • Lobelia
  • Loosestrife
  • Mallow, common
  • Mint
  • Mullein
  • Nettle
  • Oak
  • Persimmon
  • Pine, white
  • Poke root
  • Pomegranate
  • Privet
  • Raspberry leaves
  • Rose flowers
  • Sage
  • Sanicle
  • Savory
  • Saw palmetto
  • Senega snakeroot
  • Shinleaf
  • Stillingia
  • Stoneroot
  • Strawberry, wild
  • Sumach
  • Sunflower
  • Sweetgum
  • Tacamahac
  • Vervain
  • Violet
  • White pond lily
  • Wintergreen
  • Yerba santa

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Cautions

A constant tickle or chronic irritating cough persists this could be an indication of an allergy.

If sore throat is long lasting or is recurrent, suspect mononucleosis.
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Bibliography

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

Buy It! The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

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