Herbs for Tonsillitis
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: M.B.
Posted on: February 26, 1999

My 13 years old nephew has chronically infected tonsils, which give him every winter many colds and make him often to keep the bed and lose school material. He is tired of taking antibiotics. Doctors can not decide to do him a tonsilectomy, because he is allergic and they are afraid he could develop asthma after the operation.

Can you suggest herbs than can help cure chronic tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, infected by a virus or streptococcal bacteria. Chronic tonsillitis can occur when the organs of elimination do not expel viruses and bacteria from the lymphatic system, which includes the tonsils. Diet is a major factor contributing to the buildup of toxins or helping to eliminate them. Fresh, organic, whole foods provide nutrients to support all body processes. Highly processed food and food containing sugar or chemical additives add to the toxic build-up.

Herbal treatment can include immune system stimulators and regulators, astringents to strengthen the tissue so that it can resist bacteria and viruses in the tonsil area, mucilaginous herbs to soothe and protect the area and blood cleansers to help eliminate toxins from the system. Herbal treatment may be slowly decreased when your nephew’s sytem has come into balance. Though he may suffer from tonsil infections in the future, they can often be avoided with a diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables and eliminates immune-depressing sugar and any foods that cause allergies.

Immune system enhancers include Echinacea, Garlic and Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria). Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C which stimulates the immune system. Fresh lemon juice and pineapple juice are especially effective.

Thuja (Thuja occidentalis) is anti-bacterial and anti-viral and has been found to be very effective in chronic tonsillitis. It can be taken internally and painted over the affected area.

Sage tea is soothing, astringent and anti-bacterial, and works effectively as a gargle.

Clivers (Galium aparine) is very effective in supporting the activity of the lymphatic system, astringes and reduces inflammation.

A tea or tinctures of Dandelion root and Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) are good cleansers that will improve digestion and elimination.

I recommend that you consult a good herbalist or herb store for quality herbs. In Vancouver, Gaia Garden Apothecary and Clinic is very knowledgeable, helpful and reliable.

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