TONSILLITIS AND AYURVEDIC TREATMENT
- Dr. Murali Manohar Chirumamilla, M.D. (Ayurveda)
The tonsils are a pair of small almond-shaped structures on
either side of the throat, just behind and above the tongue. The structures
act as a defence against infections that invade the body through the nose
and mouth. Tonsils are a part of the bodyís protective lymphatic system,
which dispatches cells that literally gulp down bacteria. Adenoids are
structures located at the back of the nose, above the tonsils. They too help
keep away respiratory tract infections.
Occasionally, bacterial infections overwhelm the tonsils. This infection, known as tonsillitis, is often one that children come down with between the ages of three and six. The symptoms are similar to those of flu, and so it may be difficult to distinguish between the two. The primary symptom is a sore throat that makes it difficult to swallow. Others are headache, ear pain, fever and chills. The tonsils become swollen and red. You may also notice specks of white discharge on the infected tonsils. Occasionally, the adenoids swell too, giving a nasal quality to the childís voice.
Earlier, the only known cure for recurrent throat infections was tonsil surgery. Medical opinion has changed, however, and now this procedure is less common. More often than not, having tonsillitis, even when it recurs up to seven times a year, does not mean that the tonsils should be removed (in a surgical procedure called tonsillectomy). You donít have to pressurise your childís doctor to remove tonsils just because this was commonly done years ago or on the basis of any of these misconceptions:
In Ayurveda, tonsillitis is called as galaayu. Ayurvedic physicians consider recurring infection and inflammation of the tonsils to be a key factor in illness in later life. Therefore, the entire immune system is treated, aiming to eliminate the risk.
Your Ayurvedic doctor may recommend Khadiraadi vati. It is to be kept in the mouth and chewed slowly. Sitopalaadi choorna is another common medicine that is usually prescribed in a dose of three grams, to be taken thrice daily along with honey and ghee to minimise the symptoms. To develop immunity against any future attack of tonsillitis, you can give your child Agastyarasaayana lehya in a dose of one teaspoonful, twice daily mixed with honey.
Kanchanara guggulu in the dose of 2 tablets twice daily with warm water or Kapha ketu ras 2 tablets thrice daily or Tundikeri ras 1 tab thrice daily for 4-6 weeks, give permanent relief.
As we all are genetically different with
different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many
different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually
formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a
substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic
treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always
consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.
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