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[John Deummond]


Merc-i.: syphilitic throat affections. In cases of ozaena, when the Schneiderian membrane is attacked,





Arum-t. hoarseness characterized by a lack of control over the vocal cords. If the speaker attempts to raise his voice, it suddenly goes off with a squeak.

Graph. most similar to this hoarseness/hoarse and the voice cracks as soon as they begin to sing.

Selen-met. gets hoarse as soon as he begins to sing.


A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes it painful to swallow.

Like colds, the vast majority of sore throats are caused by viral infections. This means most sore throats will NOT respond to antibiotics. Many people have a mild sore throat at the beginning of every cold.

When the nose or sinuses become infected, drainage can run down the back of the throat and irritate it, especially at night. Or, the throat itself can be infected.

Strep throat is the most common bacterial cause of sore throat. Strep throat can occasionally lead to rheumatic fever. Strep throat often includes a fever (greater than 101°F), white draining patches on the throat, and swollen or tender lymph glands in the neck. Children may have a headache and stomach pain.

Sore Throat Symptoms

    swollen tonsils

    enlarged and tender glands in your neck

    a painful, tender feeling at the back of your throat

    discomfort when swallowing

    a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over

    aching muscles

    a headache


    a cough

    a runny nose

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils.

The tonsils are lymph nodes in the back of the mouth and top of the throat. They normally help to filter out bacteria and other microorganisms to prevent infection in the body. They may become

so overwhelmed by bacterial or viral infection that they swell and become inflamed, causing tonsillitis. The infection may also be present in the throat and surrounding areas, causing pharyngitis.

Tonsillitis is extremely common (children).

Symptoms of tonsillitis include a sore throat, (which may be experienced as referred pain to the ears), painful/difficult swallowing, coughing, headache, myalgia (muscle aches), fever and chills. Tonsillitis is characterized by signs of red, swollen tonsils which may have a purulent coating of white patches (i.e. pus). Swelling of the eyes, face, and neck may occur.

It is also important to understand that symptoms will be experienced differently for each person. Cases that are caused by bacteria are often followed by skin rash and a flushed face. Tonsillitis that

is caused by a virus will develop symptoms that are flu-like such as runny nose or aches and pains throughout the body.

Acute tonsillitis: caused by bacteria and viruses and + ear pain when swallowing, bad breath, and drooling along with sore throat and fever. In this case, the surface of the tonsil may be bright red

or have a grayish-white coating, while the lymph nodes in the neck may be swollen. The most common form of acute tonsillitis is strep throat, which can be followed by symptoms of skin rash, pneumonia, and ear infection. Extreme tiredness and malaise are also experienced with this condition with the enlargement of the lymph nodes and adenoids.

Chronic tonsillitis: persistent infection in the tonsils. Since this infection is repetitive, crypts or pockets can form in the tonsils where bacteria can store. Frequently, small, foul smelling stones (tonsilloliths) are found within these crypts that are made of high quantities of sulfur. These stones cause a symptom of a full throat or a throat that has something caught in the back. A foul breath that is characterized by the smell of rotten eggs (sulfur) is also a symptom of this condition. Other symptoms that can be caused by tonsillitis that are not normally associated with it include snoring and disturbed sleep patterns. These conditions develop as the tonsils enlarge and begin to obstruct other areas of the throat. A person's voice is generally affected by this type of illness and changes

in the tone of voice a person normally has.

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed from either side of the throat. The procedure is performed in response to cases of repeated occurrence of acute tonsillitis or adenoiditis, obstructive sleep apnea, nasal airway obstruction, snoring, or peritonsillar abscess. Sometimes the adenoids are removed at the same time, a procedure called adenoidectomy. Tonsillectomy remains one of the most common surgical procedures in children.

[Farokh Master]

Guajacum officinale: It is one of the most useful remedy in tonsillitis + severe  stiffness  and  dryness  of  the  throat.  The  swallowing  is painful; there is excessive dribbling of the saliva;

there is burning pain in the throat; right tonsil is more affected than the left; warm drinks and warm air aggravate the throat pain; pain in throat ext. ear when swallowing; excessive suppuration in the tonsils. Tongue coated heavily, white like a fur.

[G.H.G. Jahr]

Principal remedies

1) Bar-c. bell. hep. ign. lach. Merc. nit-ac. nux-v. sulph.

2)  Calc. canth. cham. gran. lyc. sep. thuj.

Suppuration and ulceration of the tonsils: 

Bar-c. bell, ign. lach. lyc. Merc. nit-ac. sep.


Bar-c. ign. sulph.

Inflammatory swelling which threatens to terminate in suppuration :

            1) Acon. bell.   

2) Hep. lach. Merc  

3) Ign. nux-v. Sulph


Homeopathic Remedies

Alum.: predisposition to tonsillitis, catarrh of fauces and throat; throat sore and dry when talking or swallowing fluid; pricking sensation in both sides of throat and DRY.

Amyg-p.: dark injection of the fauces, sharp pains, and difficult swallowing.

Apis.: Oedema is the watchword of this remedy. Useful in the simple form, not in the parenchymatous form, throat swollen both inside and outside. The superficial tissues alone are involved, not the parenchyma, which calls for Belladonna. Numerous points of beginning follicular secretion are present.

Apis.: has oedema/involves the mucous surface. stinging burning pain when swallowing; dryness in mouth and throat; red and highly inflamed tonsils; < heat or hot drinks; > cold or cold drinks.

Arg-met.: Dr Parks: Clergy’s men sore throat: much stress is laid on the troubles for larynx troubles. I have found equal or even mor

Bar-c.: after each cold, attack of tonsillitis; pricking sensation when swallowing. “As if a plug in the throat” < swallowing solids and empty swallowing.

Tonsils tend to suppurate (r.). Chronic induration of tonsils.

[Hughes] most prominent for acute tonsillitis, saying that, in his hands, it has been of almost unfailing efficacy; (trouble in the parenchyma of the glands), and suppuration rarely follows its use. It suits comparatively mild cases, who have an attack from any exposure. it removes the predisposition to attack.

Very useful in cases where every cold settles in the tonsils (in children with chronic enlargement of those glands). The chief in chronic enlargement of the tonsils and it has been very often wrongly prescribed here, as it corresponds to comparatively few cases. In a tendency to tonsillitis in scrofulous children with enlargement of other glands it will be found useful. Child backward and bashful.

[Nash] Alone is sufficient to abort an attack of quinsy (tonsillitis) and with an occasional dose at long intervals with high potency, to overcome this tendency. Tonsils suppurate from every cold, smarting pain on swallowing, < empty swallowing, can only swallow liquids.

Bar-i.: [Goodno] hypertrophy of tonsils; chronic enlargement and induration of tonsils; swelling of lymphatic glands, it often prevents suppuration.

Bell.: parts bright red. During swallowing “As if throat were too narrow”. Symptoms of congestion. < liquids.

R. side. more superficial as Bar-c. Chief one at the commencement, it the case has passed the stage where Acon. or Ferr-p. would be indicated. There is redness and swelling, but the deeper the redness and the more the swelling, the less is Bell. indicated. At the commencement of an attack it exceeds Apis in value, as Apis only. The neck is swollen and stiff externally, ulcers form rapidly. In the acute paroxysms of the chronic Bell. very useful. Parenchyma involved.

Brom.: Red swollen tonsils covered with a network of capillaries.

Calc.: elongation of valve and inflamed tonsils; “As if the throat were contracted” when swallowing. Pain in throat ext. ear.

Calc-i.: Enlargement of the tonsils similar to Bar-c. They are hard, red and nodular.

Calc-p.: chronic enlargement of the tonsils in strumous children in typical Calcarea cases. The tonsils are flabby, pale, there is a chronic follicular inflammation and impaired hearing. It efficacy in adenoid hypertrophy is well known and attested. chronic tonsillitis with inflamed middle ear; throat pains < swallowing.

Ferr-p.: Chronic enlarged hyperaemic tonsils; smooth swelling.

Fuc.: [Tooker] in chronic cases

Gels.: painful spot deep in tonsil, hurting out of proportion on swallowing, red, inflamed throat, pain streaking to ear, rapid progress. The 2x will often abort, when in the chilly stage.

Guai.: One of the most useful remedies at the commencement of an attack (catarrhal tonsillitis). Characteristics: violent burning, headache, throat hot, chill and aching in back and limbs; abscesses form quickly. In the 1x frequently repeated it will often abort.

Dr. Margery Blackie: A sudden acute throat and think of Bell. or Acon., face red, congested with the sore throat and depressed and indolent. Dilated pupils, thirst for cold water and a pain in the back of the neck. Some joint pain. < 18 – 4 h./heat/motion/touch.

Heliotropium: Dr Parks: Clergy’s men sore throat.

Hep.: lancinating, splinter-like and much throbbing with rigors showing that abscess is on the point of forming and it is desired to hasten it Hepar will be well indicated. Parts extremely sensitive to touch. Pain shoot into ears. Chronic tonsillitis with hardness of hearing; “As if fish bone” in the throat; stitches in the throat ext. ear.

Ign.: [Raue] almost specific in follicular tonsillitis. Small superficial yellowish white ulcers; plug in throat, worse when not swallowing.

Serious affections of the throat like tonsillitis and diphtheria. > swallowing or < between the acts of swallowing (Capsicum). In addition to the aggravation when not swallowing, sometimes < swallowing liquids and > swallowing solids (Lach).

Kali-bi.: Sore throat, with swelling of the tonsils, and ulcers which exude a purulent discharge; there are diseased follicles which exude a caseous matter; the coating of the tongue is yellow at the base; there is an accumulation of sticky tenacious mucus in the pharynx and pains in the Eustachian tubes. Kali-bi. a sensation of dryness, of burning and of rawness, or a scraping feeling “As if something sticking in the throat”.

Am-m. sore throat with viscid phlegm, so tough that cannot be hawked up. Rawness in the naso-pharynx and hoarseness.


Calc-p. almost specific for adenoid vegetations in the naso-pharynx.


Sangin-n. In chronic follicular pharyngitis with burning, soreness and rawness in the pharynx.

Kali-m.: Almost a specific in follicular tonsillitis. No remedy has given the writer such satisfaction. The throat has a gray look spotted, with white. It is a valuable remedy in acute or chronic tonsillitis with much swelling. The 6x trituration is a reliable preparation.

Follicular pharyngitis with a gray or white exudation, tonsils swollen and inflamed, and there is grayish spots or ulcers on them. It is almost specific for the form of ulcerated sore throat which results from gastric disturbances. The glands about the throat are swollen.

Lac-c.: tonsils inflamed, shining very sore, swollen so as almost to close the throat; suppuration from left to right, or changing from side to side, or both tonsils equally effected; whole posterior portion of throat oedematous.

Lach.: Dark angry looking parts. Swelling is very great and there is much tenderNESS. Left tonsil with tendency to go to right, pains shoot to ear on attempting to swallow, < hot drinks. Peritonsillar abscess. It is also a very useful remedy for a severe from of rheumatic pain following tonsillitis. The pus degenerates and becomes thin and offensive. Great for tonsillitis; pus from tonsils; tonsils swollen, < l. with tendency to right; inability to swallow, threatening suffocation.

Lyc.: Chronic enlargement of the tonsils, which are covered with small ulcers.

Merc.: rarely of service at the onset, but later in a more advanced stage than that calling of Hepar, when pus has formed; great swelling; whole fauces deep red; the tonsils darker than any other part; ulcers form; saliva tenacious; breath foul; pains less than Belladonna, but the general health is worse. Stinging pains and difficult breathing from the swelling. Pseudo membraneous deposit on tonsils and pharynx.

Phyt.: Especially in the follicular form, with pain at the root of the tongue or extending to the ears when swallowing. The parts are dark blue; the tonsils are large and blue, and there is intense dryness, smarting and burning and in the throat.

Psor.: tonsillitis, sub maxillary glands swollen; throat burns, feels scalded, pain when swallowing saliva, ulcers on right side, with deep-seated pain and burning in fauces.

Sil.: deep ulcers, even gangrene; tonsils swollen each effort to swallow distorts face; tonsillitis, when the suppurating gland will not heal; pricking in throat, “As from a pin” causing cough; left side. When the abscess has broken and refuses to heal, especially in rachitic children. Fistulous cases.


[Farokh Master]

Wyethia helenoides

Excellent medicine for pharyngitis characterised by constant irritation in the pharynx that makes the person clear the throat like crazy; this does not bring any relief to the patient.

The pharynx feels dry and swollen; constant tickling in the epiglottis that leads to coughing.

It is useful for pharyngitis in school teachers, singers and other professional who do lot of public speaking.


I use this remedy in acute laryngitis as a sequel of allergic rhinitis; itching in the throat; deep pain in the throat that ext. ears; constant tickling in the larynx with husky voice.





[E.P. Anshutz]

Lapis Albus.: = Silico-Fluoride of Calcium

Scrofulous enlargement of the cervical glands, and almost specific where the glands have a certain amount of elasticity and pliability about them, rather than a stony hardness,

Calc-f.: stony hardness

Carb-a.: stony hardness

Cist-c.: stony hardness

[Dr. E.A. Farrington]

Bell.: stiff neck of rheumatic origin or from cold.


Aphonia – Loss of Voice

[Myron H. Adams]

Acon.: Acute laryngitis, with hoarseness the result of exposure to cold wind. Some fever and thirst.

Arum-t.: sore throat and hoarse from public speaking. A sense of rawness in the mouth and throat extending to the nose and larynx, with symptoms of coryza.

Bell.: In addition to hoarseness the whole throat feels dry and sore, with inclination to swallow, which is quite painful. After cold with throbbing headache.

Caust.: hoarseness of public speakers and singers. Dryness, with loss of voice, cough with scanty, difficult expectortation. Pain and soreness streaks through the larynx with every cough.

Crot-t.: Complete loss of voice from drinking cold water when overheated.

Hep.: With the hoarseness there is considerable mucus in the larynx with cough which is sometimes loose and sometimes croupy. Dysponea and cough on the slightest exposure to cold air, < towards morning and after croup – with free perspiration.

Phos.: voice husky with sense of dryness in throat and soreness in larynx, worse in morning. Dry cough worse on using the voice, laughing or talking, or from cold air.

[Dr. Subrata K. Banerjea]

Arum-t.: Sudden stoppage of voice. Voice uncertain, uncontrollable (goes off into a squeak on attempting to speak or sing) rawness in the throat. < talking/singing. 30c.

Borx:  Husky voice and needs to use tomorrow – works like magic!!  Aphonia, fungal white mouth ulcers. A valuable medicine for hoarseness of voice (singers, speakers, actors). < smoking. 3x Trit – 1/4tsp in half cup of luke warm water, 6 hourly-48 hours before expected demand of voice.

Coca.:  Loss of voice. Hoarseness < after talking. – Q: 5-6 drops, in ½ cup of luke warm water-6 hourly, SOS. Professional singers, 48 hours before expected demand of voice.  Q,30c.

Ferr-pic.:The voice fails after public speaking (failure of organ after exertion ) < exertion. 6x Trit.

Mang-acet.:Vocal cord nodule, obstinate hoarseness of voice esp. in the morning and in open air, > from smoking. For speakers and singers. 30 C

Nat-sel.: Hoarseness of singers, expectorate small lumps of bloody mucus, regular clearing of throat (in relationship of Nat-phos). 6x trit.; 30 C

Populus-c.: Acute hoarseness, aphonia. Is as famous as “Coca” in restoring voice. It is praised as an instantaneous voice producer. Q

Sel-met.:  In hoarseness of singers, as soon as they begin to sing or after long use of the voice, with frequent necessity to clear the throat, from accumulation of clear starchy mucus-often points to



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