Natural Remedies for Throat Infection
(b) 25 g of fresh rhizome and 2-3 tsp (20-25 g) sugar are ground together daily for 4-5 min, mixed in 1 cup (250 mL) of water, and filtered with a cloth. This syrup is given to patients suffering from body pain due to swelling, muscular pain, earache, mouth sores, and sore throat, and to purify blood. For children, xh cup (125 mL) of syrup (at one time) is given 2-3 times per day for 3-4 days. For adults, 1 cup (250 mL) of syrup (at one time) is given 3 times per day for 4-5 days. earache, mouth sores, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, and to purify blood.
Herbal remedies continue to grow in popularity in the U.S. as demonstrated by expanding sales with seemingly no correlation to scientific research. Echinacea preparations have developed into the best-selling herbal immunostimulants (Bauer, 1998). Nine species of the genus Echinacea are found today in the U.S. and Canada (McGregor, 1968). Native Americans used Echinacea to treat wounds, snakebites and other animal bites, tonsillitis, headache, and cold symptoms (Hobbs, 1989). In the early 1900s in the U.S., Echinacea was the most utilized indigenous medicinal plant. After the introduction of antibiotics, its use declined in the U.S., although today it remains popular in Europe (Foster, 1991).
Chinese Traditional Medicine named 40 kinds of bryophytes used to treat cardiovascular diseases, tonsillitis, bronchitis, cystitis, and skin infections. Some species of Fissidens and Polytrichum were utilized as diuretic and hair growth stimulating drugs in China more than 400 years ago. Marchant a polymorpha is used in the treatment of liver diseases like jaundice and hepatitis. In China, Rhodobryum giganteum (Schwaegr.) Par and R. roseum (Hedw) Limpr are used in the treatment of heart ailments. The use of bryophytes as antibacterial or disinfectant agents deserves special mention. Sphagnum teres (Schimp.) Angstr is used in ophthalmologic diseases. In China and Bolivia, Fissidens osmundoides Hedwig is used an antibacterial agent to treat inflammatory conditions of the pharynx and larynx. Haplocladium microphyllum (Hedw) Broth is used as a demulcent medicine in inflammatory conditions like bronchitis, cystitis, tonsillitis and tympanitis. Philonotis fontana (Hedw) Brid is used by Go...
(250 mL) of water for 8-10 min 2 tsp (10-15 g) of sugar is also added. Then it is filtered with a cloth or filtration pot and given to patients suffering from fever, cold, cough, asthma, jaundice, headache, sore throat, or toothache. For children, 1 cup (250 mL) of decoction (at one time) is given once daily, at bedtime, for 3-4 days. For adults, 2 cups (500 mL) of decoction (at one time) is given once daily, at bedtime, for 8-10 days. Diseases Cured Fever, cold, cough, asthma, jaundice, headache, toothache, and sore throat.
4-5 g of kath is dissolved in 2-3 tsp (15-20 mL) of water and given to patients, especially children (5-15 years old), suffering from mouth sores, diarrhea, earache, sore throat, and eye diseases, 2-3 times per day for 3-4 days. Mouth sores, sore throat, diarrhea, earache, and eye diseases.
Capsicum preparations are used as counter-irritants in lumbago, neuralgia and rheumatic disorders. Taken internally, Capsicum has a tonic and carminative action and is especially useful in atonic dyspepsia. It is, however, contra-indicated in gastric catarrh. Taken inordinately, it may cause gastro-enteritis. It is sometimes added to rose gargles for pharyngitis and it relaxes a sore throat. It can be administered in the form of powder, tincture, linament, plaster, ointment or medicated wool. In some of the preparations, 'Oleoresins Capsici B.P.C.' syn. 'Capsaicin', the alcohol-soluble fraction or ether extract of Capsicum is the active ingredient. Pharmacopoeial requirements are chiefly met by the highly pungent varieties of Capsicum (C. frutescens) grown in Sierra Leone, Nyasaland and Zanzibar. Indian Capsicum, known in trade as 'Bombay Capsicum is used as a substitute (Wealth of India, 1985).
Lore This tree is mainly noted for its mucilaginous inner bark, a slimy, fibrous layer resembling licorice in taste. It has high food and medicinal value. In the spring, Native Americans peeled it from the tree in long strips, dried it, and ground it into pulp for use as a nutritious flour, a wound dressing, and a soothing tea for sore throat. A piece of this material also quenches thirst when chewed. Slippery elm inner bark was once popular as a pleasant chew and home remedy. It is still commercially available in lozenge or tonic form as a mild relief for raw throats. Pioneers used this fibrous layer for making tough thongs and lacings.
Echinacea was introduced in the U.S. market in 1871 by a patent medicine vendor in Nebraska (Tyler, 1993). Traditional medicinal uses of this species include an immunostimulant for flu and colds, wound healing, and throat infections. Most frequent major therapeutic and prophylactic applications are for chronic and recurrent infections of respiratory and urogenital organs, chronic inflammations allergies, tonsillitis and sinusitis, infected wounds, eczema and psoriasis, chronic bronchitis and prostatitis, and malignant diseases (Bauer and Wagner, 1991). Both cortisone-like
Otitis media may also be linked to GERD.27 A study examining otitis media with effusion in adults demonstrated that pepsinogen concentration was higher in middle-ear effusion in patients who reported GERD symptoms. In addition, treatment for GERD with PPIs provided some patients with GERD symptom relief as well as decreasing the concentration of pepsinogen in the effusion. Additionally, research has indicated that patients with chronic rhinosinusitis have an increased prevalence of GERD. These chronic rhinosinusitis symptoms in many patients are reduced when their GERD is treated.28 Laryngeal symptoms may be associated with GERD. Often, they present as hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, a postnasal drip, excess phlegm, sore throat, dysphagia, a globus sensation, or cough. Chronic laryngitis and chronic sore throat are associated with GERD in as many as 60 of patients.29 In addition, one study showed that at least 50 of patients presenting with laryngeal and voice disorders had...