AYURVEDIC CONSULTATION FOR TONSILLITISTonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils – the small lymphoid tissue behind the tongue on either side of the pharynx. Modern medicine believes the disease to be caused by an organism, hemolytic streptococcus, and latest research has reached the conclusion that the tonsils act as barrier to infection. The mechanism whereby they tend to fight infection has not yet been identified but observations have confirmed the view that children whose tonsils have been removed are more susceptible to infection than others. A body of opinion has, therefore arisen which frowns upon surgical interference in obstinate cases of tonsillitis.
Ayurveda’s call this condition as Tundikeri or Galayu which is usually associated with attacks of cough and cold. Constipation and other disorders of the digestive system are liable to participate the attack. In severe cases there may be difficulty in breathing too in addition to fever and a coated tongue.
Treatment With Ayurvedic Herbs for Tonsillitis
Twelve gram of Banafsha flowers boiled in 50ml. of milk is a useful home remedy for tonsillitis.
The milk should be filtered and drunk.
The filtered Banafsha flowers should be lightly fried in ghee and worn round the throat as a poultice at night.
Decoction of the bark of the Acacia tree mixed with rock salt should be used for gargles.
If that is not easy to come by, saline gargles should be restored to.
The powder of vasti madhu , vacha , kulanjan made into paste with honey should be used as a linctus. The drug of choice is, of course, Khadiradi vati, recommended for intractable cases of cough.
Roots of vacha and sati may be ground in milk and a paste prepared. It can be used as nasal drops to relieve the congestion.
In chronic cases Agastya Rasayana used in bronchitis is of immediate help. It should be taken twice daily with honey. A continuous use for six months will grant immunity from the disease.
Soup of meat and lentils like moong are recommended for patients suffering from tonsillitis. Bland, soft foods, gruel and lukewarm liquids are the best. Chilies and other condiments should be avoided as they tend to irritate the throat
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