Considered as lymph nodes and found on each side at the throat’s back, the tonsils are body organs whose function is to filter out dangerous pathogens that can infect the body. However, from to time, the tonsils are overrun by viral or bacterial organisms causing the tonsils to become inflamed and infected along with a number of flu-like symptoms. This condition is known as tonsillitis and it often affects children.
Symptoms and Signs
-In certain cases, specks of whitish discharge on the tonsils
-Tenderness and/or soreness in the glands of the throat and jaw
-Chills and fevers
-Pain when swallowing
Western Modes of Treatment
Your doctor distinguishes tonsillitis from strep throat and the flu and other similar-appearing illnesses through a throat culture test. The conventional plan of treatment for tonsillitis includes medications (analgesics like paracetamol or aspirin and/or antibiotics), and rest. In order to ward off re-infection, you need to keep on taking your antibiotics until all of them have been taken.
If your tonsillitis is especially severe or when you experience symptoms thrice or more times a year, your doctor may suggest a surgery (tonsillectomy) to take out your diseased tonsils. Several years, ago, a tonsillectomy was the most common way of curing tonsillitis. Today, doctors only recommend this procedure when all modes of medical treatment have been used up without success. Interestingly, one is not guaranteed a life free of sore throats with the extraction of his/her tonsils. A bacteria-infected tonsil may infect people who have had tonsillectomies.
Alternative and Complementary Treatments
To lessen the sore throat and swelling related to tonsillitis, acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help cure symptoms. The acupuncturist will focus his/her treatment on acupoints Large Intestine 4 and 11 (LI 4&11), Bladder 10 and 12 (Bl 10 and 12), and Lung 1 (Lu 1) along with auricular acupoints associated with the tonsils and pharynx.
In lieu of anesthesia during tonsillectomy, acupuncture can be utilized instead. For use as anesthetic, acupuncture needles will be inserted in the pericardium, large intestine and triple warmer meridians.
Instead of acupuncture, acupressure can be utilized for needle-weary patients suffering from throat pain and pain associated with tonsillitis who want to experience the same benefits of acupuncture. The acupressurist can target the acupoints Stomach 9 and 36, Lu 11, and LI 4 and 11. Administering acupressure on Governing Vessel 13 and Conception Vessel 17 points is required.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Over the counter herbal remedies such as Superior Sore Throat Powder and Laryngitis Pills can be used to address tonsillitis.
Homeopathic treatment can be helpful in treating tonsillitis. However, one needs to take into account the stage of the condition and the symptoms of the child in order to select the proper homeopathic remedy. Be sure to get treatment from a homeopathic professional and not try to treat the disorder yourself.
Western Herbal Therapy
Red sage, sage, and cleavers infusions can neutralize the soreness and inflammation related to tonsillitis.
Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.