The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Sore Throat-

Many sore throats are due to viruses, they are usually accompanied by mild fever and nasal congestion. A more serious sore throat is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus which can lead to complications such as rheumatic fever if left untreated. A short course of antibiotics is usually best for strep throat. Strep throat often has severe pain, along with fever, headache and white patches in the throat. A simple and quick strep test can diagnose it. Another cause for a very severe sore throat is mononucleosis, a viral disease. This is usually accompanied by severe fatigue and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and groin. If your sore throat is very severe, you are not able to swollow and you are drooling, go to an emergency room immediately. These can be signs of a life-threatening condition known as epiglottitis. For viral sore throat, follow the guidelines under colds and flu and immune enhancement. A salt water gargle can help to relieve discomfort (1 tsp salt to 8 oz warm water)

Echinacea- Stimulates the immune system and is effective against a number of bacteria.
Liquid extract- 1/2- 1 teaspoon every 3-4 hours
Dry herb in capsules- 500-1000 mg every 3-4 hours
Standardized extract (3.5% echinacoside)- 150-300 mg every 3-4 hours

Goldenseal-Specific for infections of the mucous membranes, has broad antibacterial activity, and stimulates the immune system.
Liquid extract- 1/2-1 teaspoon every 3-4 hours
Dry herb in capsules- 500-1000 mg every 3-4 hours
Standardized extract (8-12% alkaloid content)- 250 mg every 3-4 hours

Other herbs-Garlic, Licorice, Slippery Elm, Ginger

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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