02. March 2017 · Comments Off on Classic Chinese Herbal Formulas for Chronic and Acute Sore Throat · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Sore throat has two types: acute and chronic. Acute sore throat is often the result of heat wind resulting in issues such as a floating rapid pulse, cough with yellow sputum, and fever.

For a heat wind acute sore throat diagnosis, Chinese medicine doctors usually recommend the classic formula Yin Chiao Je Du Pian. The more efficacious and faster the condition clears if the formula is taken at the soonest possible opportunity. A medication known as Chuan Tsin Lian can be added to the treatment if the sore throat is particularly severe. If the condition still keeps getting worse, then you need to seek immediate medical attention to see if the sickness stems from a strep condition.

A couple of days following acupuncture in Fremont and herbal treatment, the acute sore throat usually tend to subside. Acupuncture points commonly utilized for acute sore throat are the “Crooked Pool” point (Large Intestine 11) and the Large Intestine 4 located on the arms and hands. For extremely severe pain, the Lung 10 point found proximal the base of the thumb (palm side) is quite effective. The Lung 10 is usually used only for severely painful sore throats since the needling of this acupoint can be very painful. But, if the person really wants to get relief from the discomfort of severely painful acute sore throat, he/she should be willing to tolerate a little extra discomfort from the needles.

The underlying cause of a sore throat that’s chronic is yin deficiency. This is because an inadequacy of cooling yin leads to chronic inflammation. Yin deficiency also causes other symptoms to appear like insomnia, night sweats, a rapid thin pulse, irritability, and a dry mouth with no or little coating. The treatment’s objective is to clear heat and tonify yin using conventional formulas such as Rehmannia Tea. For this treatment to have a long-term effect, you might be required to take the treatment for a few months.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Stress

Modern Western societies tend to cause high amounts of stress among the people living there. Anxiety and never ending stress are usually deemed a part of normal everyday life by people living in those societies. Most of them are not even aware that they’re under severe stress until they are diagnosed with a condition associated with stress like high blood pressure or if they suffer a heart attack or a stroke.

The obvious way of dealing with stress is to remove as many stressors in your life as possible. Techniques to reduce stress include spiritual practices, exercise, yoga, meditation, and qi gong. They can reduce significantly the effects of stress on both the body and mind.

Acupuncture’s ability to alleviate stress is truly remarkable. Patients often tend to emotionally calm down and relax after an acupuncture procedure. Specific acupoints have extremely powerful calming effects, making them able to remove anxiety disorders, addictions, and insomnia. Sometimes, a practitioner may tape a small bead to an acupoint known as “Spirit Gate” located on the patient’s ears. This point can be stimulated anytime by just pressing on the bead, helping sustain the calming effects of the acupuncture therapy. Other products renowned for their calming effects include An Mien Pien or Emperor’s Tea. More powerful extracts to induce sleep or relieve anxiety may also be derived through practitioners. Zizyphus Seed Sleep /Stress Formula, is a highly potent liquid extract that works fast and effectively for insomnia and stress, depending on the dosage.

Besides these formulas, certain herbs, called adaptogens, can help the body withstand the effects of stress. These adaptogens contain ingredients that include reishi mushroom, codonopsis, and astragalus. Extensively studied in China and Russia, the effectiveness of these herbs as adaptogens is well recorded.

Other powerful adaptogens include Kwei Be Wan, Extractum Astragali, and Ginseng Royal Jelly. Available in health food stores is a highly concentrated Siberian ginseng solid extract. This extract has a very tasty honey base, and can help up energy level and the feelings of well-being after it is ingested.

16. December 2015 · Comments Off on Using Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture to Cure Acute and Chronic sore Throat · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

There are two types of sore throat: chronic and acute. Acute sore throat is usually caused by wind heat. This condition leads to symptoms such as a rapid floating pulse, yellow phlegm from coughing, and fever.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners often use a Yin Chiao Jie Du Pian herbal formula to treat a sore throat diagnosis. Once symptoms arise, the sooner this remedy is taken by the patient, the more effective and rapid the treatment works to resolve the condition. For a type of severe throat, the practitioner can add Chuan Hsin Lian Antiphlogistic Pills. If symptoms still persist or get worse, the patient then needs to see a doctor to determine if the sore throat is caused by a strep infection.

Sore throats that are acute often get resolved with acupuncture and Chinese herbs after a day or two. Needle points used by acupuncturists to treat acute sore throat include the LI (Large Intestine) 4 and LI 11 found on the arm and hand. For severe sore throat, the Lu (Lung) 10 point can be needled with extreme effectiveness. However, needling this point can be a little bit painful so if the patient is more than willing to experience a little discomfort to resolve his severe sore throat condition, this is the point that needs to be treated.

For chronic sore throat, the underlying problem is usually a deficiency of yin since when the yin is not adequately cooled, it can cause chronic inflammation. Other indications of yin deficiency include insomnia, irritability, night sweats, dry mouth, red tongue with no or minimal coating, and a rapid, thin pulse. The goal of the treatment for chronic sore throat is to use Rehmannia Teapills to clear the heat and tonify yin. The duration of the treatment might take a few months in order for it to have a long lasting effect.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

15. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Sore Throat · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sore throat is a disease that occurs quite commonly. It affects the region around the tonsils or pharynx, where discomforts and dryness can bring about soreness. Sore throat is a very frequent symptom of the flu or cold. Usually, throat discomfort is the first indication that you are getting sick from pathogens. In certain occasions, your sore throat may persist.

Sore throat, much like cough, is a disease brought about by internal functional imbalances or external pathogens, usually associated with pent up body heat. A sore throat is generated by external pathogens if it always causes an acute attack. Sneezing, headache, an aversion to cold and fever are also observed.  If it’s caused by internal functional imbalances, the sore throat then manifests as chronic and can be connected with various symptoms depending on its underlying problems.

In traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, it is important to carefully scrutinize the difference between the root causes and the associated symptoms in order to resolve the condition successfully. If you experience sore throat symptoms that persist then you need to see a doctor.

Relieving a Sore Throat

TCM’s aim in treating sore throat is to replenish yin, clear internal heat and relieve pain. Chinese massage and acupuncture can also provide rapid relief to sore throats by utilizing pressure on strategic acupuncture points and/or affected parts of the body.

Certain Chinese herbal remedies like Chrysanthemum (Juhua), Blackberrylily Rhizome (Shegan), Cicada Slough (Chantui), Momormica Fruit (Luohanguo) and Peppermint (Bohe) are quite potent in relieving sore throat discomfort.

Soothing a Sore Throat

Some Chinese herbs that can relieve sore throat, fever and cold symptoms include classical remedies such as Yinqiaosan Fever Relief Granules and Ganluyin Heat Expulsion Granules among others.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Drink lots of warm water everyday to minimize the pain and maintain the moistness of your throat. One good substance to soothe the discomfort is honey. Herbal lozenges or herbal tea with specific instructions are also helpful if taken appropriately.


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10. February 2014 · Comments Off on Sore Throat – Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Tests and Examinations for Strep Throat

To diagnose for strep throat, the doctor needs to review the medical history of the patient and have the patient undergo a physical exam of the throat as well as a rapid strep test. To verify the existence of strep throat infection, a throat culture may also be required.

The doctor may proceed for strep throat treatment if the patient shows the following symptoms: absence of sneezing or coughing, tender and/or swollen lymph nodes on the neck, tonsils or throat that manifest yellow or white coating or spots and/or a fever reaching 101 degrees Fahrenheit and over.

  • Rapid strep test – This is a test to ascertain the presence of bacteria in the patient’s throat. The physician utilizes a cotton swab to collect saliva and other samples on the back of the patient’s throat for analysis.
  • Throat culture – This test also uses a cotton swab to gather saliva and other materials from the back of your throat and places the swab to a container with other materials that help increase the production of strep bacteria. When the culture grows strep bacteria grow, then the throat has strep infection, if the strep bacteria do not grow, the throat is negative for strep infection.  If the presence of strep bacteria is detected, immediate treatment is given to the patient to prevent the spread of the bacteria and also to prevent the rise of any complications like the risk of sinus or ear infections or even the development of any abscess around or behind the patient’s tonsil’s clinically known as peritonsillar abscess. For treatment, antibiotics are given to the patient for prompt healing and for the prevention of infection spread to other parts of the patient’s body.  Another testing may be needed if after antibiotic treatment, the patient still has symptoms or the symptoms have returned or if the patient has developed rheumatic fever.  Sometimes an infected person may not show symptoms of strep infection. If this happens or if the infected person experiences toxic shock syndrome or a rheumatic fever, that person should be tested for strep infection. These types of situations happen rarely though.
  • Complete blood count or CBC – This test requires extraction of a sample of blood on the patient. An elevated level of white blood cells can reveal the presence of either a viral or bacterial infection.
  • Monospot test – This is a test to detect heterophil, a type of antibody that appears when the patient has some kind of infection. When the blood starts adhere, heterophils are present which means the presence of mononucleosis
  • EBV antibody test – Blood samples are also taken from the patient and combined with a material that attaches to antibodies against EBV. The presence of antibodies may indicate mononucleosis.
  • Allergy tests – Sore throat may be a side effect from allergy. The doctor may require an allergy test if he suspects the patient’s sore throat is due to an allergy.


 Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

25. January 2014 · Comments Off on Sore Throat – Preparing for your Appointment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

To make the most of your sore throat appointment with your doctor, make a list beforehand of pertinent questions and relevant information related to your sore throat condition. The following questions can help you glean more information about your sore throat:


  • Is it OK for me to work even if I have a sore throat?
  • How long do you think is needed for me to know exactly the cause of my sore throat?
  • Do you think that warm mist humidifiers are better for my condition than cold mist humidifiers?
  • Is my sore throat and fever a sign that I suffer from strep throat?
  • Can you recommend anything that substantially relieves my discomfort and pain?
  • What do you think is the cause of my sore throat?
  • Is my sore throat condition severe enough to go to a doctor?


If you have a family or personal physician, you may want to visit him first. If he thinks you need to see a specialist your physician may recommend an ENT doctor, an allergist or a pediatrician if your child is the one with the sore throat.


Along with list of questions, the other important things to include in the list are all of the medications you are presently taking. They can include over-the counter and prescription meds, nutritional supplements or steroids that you may be presently using even in a not-so-regular basis. The dosages of the meds you are taking should also be written down.


The doctor will also come with a number of questions for you or for your child he expects you and your child to answer honestly in order for him to come up with an accurate diagnosis and a correct treatment approach. Some of the questions may go like these:


  • Do you have any allergy? If so, what are you allergic to?
  • Do you use allergy drugs?
  • Do you have any allergy to certain drugs? If so, what kind of drugs?
  • Are you a smoker? Are you or your child often exposed to second-hand smoke?
  • Do you notice any other signs that may seem unrelated to your sore throat condition?
  • Does your sore throat stop and come back frequently?
  • What makes your sore throat worse? Is your sore throat more painful when you swallow?
  • Are there things you have tried to lessen your sore throat symptoms? Have they been effective?
  • Do you develop a fever when you have a sore throat? Is it a high fever?
  • Do you experience hardness of breathing when you have a sore throat?
  • Has your sore throat progressed slowly or did it begin immediately?
  • When did your sore throat symptoms start?
  • What other symptoms have you felt other than your sore throat?


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