Acupuncture for Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)

There are two types of sore throat: chronic and acute. Acute forms of sore throat are based on wind heat and so may manifest symptoms such as a rapid, floating pulse, cough with yellow phlegm, and fever.

The traditional Chinese medicine remedy for a sore throat diagnosis is Yin Chiao Hsie Du Pian. The more immediate the formula is taken, the more effective and quicker its effects. For a severe type of sore throat, this formula is added with Chuan Hsin Lian Antiphlogistic tablets or pills. If they don’t work and the sore throat gets more serious, you need to see a doctor ASAP.

A chronic sore throat oftentimes is due to an underlying deficiency of yin since a deficient yin means the body lacks a cooling system that may lead to chronic inflammation. Yin deficiency symptoms can include insomnia, irritability, night sweats, dry mouth, a red tongue with little or no coating, and a rapid, thin pulse. The plan of treatment is to clear the heat and tonify yin using remedies such as Rehmannia Tea remedies. These formulas need to be taken for a few months in order to produce longstanding benefits. Acute sore throats often diminish after one to two days of acupuncture and herbal medicine. The LI (Large Intestine) 4 and 11 (Crooked Pool) are usually needled for this condition. For severe symptoms, the Lung 10 point is quite effective. This point, however, may elicit pain when it is needled and so is only treated when the sore throat is especially painful and severe and the patient doesn’t mind feeling a little pain to alleviate his painful symptoms.

Treating Stress with Traditional Chinese Medicine

First world nations have societies that basically live a hectic, fast-paced life. And so majority of the people living in those societies suffer from extreme stress. Many of them have a high risk of developing cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, stroke or even a heart attack.

Stress is obviously dealt with through the elimination of its cause. Ways of reducing stress may involve activities such as exercise, yoga, meditation, qi gong or spiritual activities that help alleviate effects of stress on both the body and mind.

One of the truly remarkable ways of removing stress in the body and mind is with acupuncture. Acupuncture patients feel very much emotionally calm and relaxed after a treatment. There are specific acupuncture points that cause a calmness effect that can help resolve anxiety disorders, addictions, and insomnia. In certain instances, an acupuncturist may tape a small seedlike bead to an acupoint on the ears. This point is referred to as “Spirit Gate.” This point can be activated when the bead is pressed causing a calming effect that is experienced during acupuncture treatment. Herbal remedies such as An Mien Pyen or Emperor’s Tea can also promote calmness to the patient. More strong extracts to induce sleep or treat anxiety such as Sisyphus Seed Stress/Sleep Formula is an effective and quick-acting formula for sleeplessness.

Besides those aforementioned herbs, other herbs called adaptogens make the body more resilient to stress. They include tonifying herbs like reishi mushroom, Codonopsis and Astragalus. They have been extensively studied in China and Russia and so their potency is well-verified.


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