Can you relate that often, after late night ice-creams, the very next morning, you wake up with pain in your throat, itching, and pain during swallowing? Sore throat or Pharyngitis is a condition in which there is inflammation at the back of the throat and causes irritation, pain, and throat infection. Usually, the condition gets better within a few days, but if it is taking longer or if you are feeling uncomfortable, then you can opt for Ayurvedic treatment of Pharyngitis. Read the article to know about causes, symptoms, and pharyngitis treatment.
What is Pharyngitis?
Pharyngitis means inflammation in the pharynx or the back of the throat. On examination, it is revealed as bright red regions with white patches that indicate an infection. The individual feels pain even while swallowing saliva or water.
Causes of Pharyngitis
Pharyngitis can occur in the below-mentioned conditions:-
- Infections like measles, chicken pox, or even common cold can result in sore throat.
- Dryness in the air: dry air takes the moisture out of the nasal and oral cavity, which can make the throat itchy, and it is more common during winters and seasonal changes.
- Smoking: Smoking irritates the throat and can cause sore throat.
- Stain in vocal cords: Due to talking loudly or screaming, your vocal chords can get strained and can result in Pharyngitis.
- Allergies: some seasonal allergies can cause Pharyngitis, and it can also manifest due to some food allergies.
- Tumor or cyst in the throat: if a sore throat persists for a long time, then it can be a sign of cancer.
Symptoms of Pharyngitis
As we know, Pharyngitis involves inflammation of the throat, which produces sore, dry, and scratchy throat. There can be additional symptoms like:
- Sneezing, runny nose
- Pain in head
- Weakness and a feeling of tiredness
- Body pain
- Fever and chills
Strep throat is a type of Pharyngitis which produces symptoms such as:
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Red throat with white patches
- Swelling in lymph nodes
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual taste in the mouth
- General weakness
Ayurvedic Perspective of Dosha Involvement in Pharyngitis
According to Ayurveda, two main doshas are involved in Pharyngitis. There is an aggravation of pitta dosha, which produces symptoms like redness, burning sensation, tenderness, and pain. The vitiated kapha dosha produces symptoms like itching, inflammation, white patches over tonsils and hoarseness of voice.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Pharyngitis
Ayurveda stresses the use of herbs to balance the doshas and to treat the symptoms of sore throat as well as the root cause. IAFA Ayurveda® has prepared some ayurvedic formulations with herbs mentioned in Ayurveda to treat Pharyngitis naturally. These formulations are:-
1. IAFA Respiratory Detox Tablet
IAFA Respiratory Detox tablet is a unique combination of herbs that is formulated based on ancient Ayurvedic knowledge of doshas. The main ingredients of the tablet are Hingu, suras, Jeevanti, ela, kantkari, and others. The medicine works on balancing the doshas and helps in eliminating the toxins that aggravates the symptoms. If you are suffering from issues like runny nose, repeated sneezing, stuffy nose, sore throat, or difficulty in breathing then IAFA’s Respiratory Detox tablet can effectively manage these symptoms while strengthening the respiratory system. This Ayurvedic medicine provides relief from chronic cough, cold, allergic rhinitis, asthma, seasonal allergies and other respiratory issues.
2. Sitopaladi Choornam Vati
IAFA Sitopaladi choornam vati is a 100% natural and vegetarian product that contains all the ingredients of sitopladi choornam, including vansha lochana, pipplai, ela, and others. This classical medicine is an effective formula that supports the health of the respiratory system. The ingredients help to remove excess mucus and also prevent the irritation of throat and nasal passages. The herbal mix is a time-tested combination for productive cough and it is best to mix it with honey to get maximum benefits.
3. IAFA Respiratory Detox Formula
IAFA Respiratory Detox Formula is a unique combination of herbs that helps in detoxification and supports respiratory system wellness. The medicine helps to balance vata and kapha dosha and maintains overall health. The herbal combination includes talispatradi choornam which is effective to manage dry cough, sore throat, chronic cold, blocked and stuffy nose, sneezing, and irritation in the throat. The medicine works well to remove the accumulated toxins and also maintain the doshas balance. If you are always under the weather during change of season, then this medicine can provide effective results and strengthen your immunity especially during change of season.
Home Remedies to Manage Pharyngitis
Some of the home remedies to manage sore throat are described below:
1. Steam Therapy
Steam infused with ajwain or carom seeds can be inhaled one time a day to alleviate throat-related issues.
You can put a clove in your mouth and take in the juice of the miraculous spice. This juice will help to alleviate symptoms associated with sore throat.
3. Gargles with Salt Water
Take a glass of warm water and add a pinch of salt to it. Gargle with it 3-4 times a day to soothe the soreness in the throat.
4. Licorice Root
If you are suffering from Pharyngitis, then you can chew a small piece of liquorice or mulethi. If this is not possible, then you can take 1 tsp of mulethi powder with honey.
5. Tulsi Leaves
Tulsi has excellent anti-viral properties and is an effective remedy to deal with sore throat, cough, and cold. You can take tulsi tea and add a small piece of ginger for throat infection.
Sore throat or Pharyngitis is a common problem which can be effectively treated with ayurvedic herbs and medicines. Pharyngitis treatment involves use of internal ayurvedic medicines and home remedies.
If you or your loved one is suffering from a sore throat or any allergy, then you can contact the diligent team of Doctors at IAFA Ayurveda® – headed by Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.). IAFA® is one of the most trustworthy and committed institutions to making the world a better place through its original and holistic approach. Dr. Gupta’s team provides effective treatment for all types of allergies using 100% natural and herbal products.
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