Main Symptom Sore Throat

Acute tonsillitis

Wind-heat invading the lung (feng re fan fei)

Acute laryngitis

Wind-cold fettering the lung (feng han shu fei)

Acute/chronic laryngitis

Dryness-heat damaging the lung (zao re shang fei)

According to TCM:

The most common cause of these disorders is attack of external pathogenic factors (wind-heat, wind-cold). Acute disorders are usually a repletion syndrome, whereas chronic illnesses generally appear as a vacuity syndrome. Acute disorders can be treated with good results by immediate application of acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and herbs.

■ Acute Tonsillitis

Wind-Heat Invading the Lung (Feng Re Fan Fei)

Symptoms

Painful reddened and swollen throat, burning pain, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, thirst, sometimes cough with thick yellow sputum; reddened swollen, possibly yellow-whitish tonsils. Tongue: Yellow fur Pulse: Superficial

Causes

Penetration of external wind and heat factors that deplete body fluids (summer heat, central heating, steel workers).

Therapy

Remove external pathogenic heat

Foods with sour flavor, for example lemon, poultry (they draw pathogenic factors deeper into the body); foods with hot and warm thermal natures (too drying).

Recommended:

Thermal nature

Cool and cold

Organ network

Lung, spleen/pancreas

Flavor

Mildly acrid (to expel pathogenic factors, but avoid creating heat), sweet (moistens)

Preparation methods

Raw, boiled, steamed

For cooling:

Fruit

Mulberries, watermelons, lemons, mangos

Vegetables

Dandelion, mung beans, radish, tomatoes

Beverages

Green tea

Grains

Wheat

Spices

Peppermint

To moisten dryness:

Fruit

Pears

Beverages

Pear juice, melon juice, tomato juice

  • V Mixture of tomato and watermelon juices. For dryness, drink pear juice with honey. Gargle with or drink fresh juice of one to two lemons.
  • Acute Laryngitis

Wind-Cold Fettering the Lung (Feng Han Shu Fei)

Symptoms

Scratchy throat, hoarseness, weak cough with whitish sputum, aversion to cold. Tongue: Thin, white fur Pulse: Superficial

Causes

External wind-cold factors block qi, for example cold air, draft, air conditioners, cool storage rooms.

Therapy

■ Acute/Chronic Laryngitis

Dryness in Lung

Symptoms

Acute or chronic dry sore throat, hoarseness, dry cough, dry skin. Tongue: Reddish Pulse: Fast

Causes

External dryness enters the lung, vacuity of body fluids, condition shortly before lung yin vacuity develops, dry surroundings, heated air.

Therapy

Expel wind-cold Supplement lung pPp • LU-7 • TB-5 • GB-20 • LI-4

Moisten lung Replenish fluids pPp • LU-9 • KI-6 • LU-7

  • LI-4 • LU-5 • SP-6
  • Avoid:

Raw, cool, and cold, as well as sour foods. Thermal nature: Hot for a short time, then warm, neutral.

Acrid, sour, bitter foods with warm and hot thermal nature.

Recommended:

Recommended:

Thermal nature

Hot for a short time; then warm, neutral

Organ network

Lung

Flavor

Acrid

Preparation methods

Boiled, steamed, fried

Vegetables

Green onions

Spices

Ginger, coriander, garlic, pepper, thyme, cinnamon

fj This syndrome can quickly change into S wind-heat. If this happens, adapt therapy immediately!

Decoction of fresh ginger and green onions

Thermal nature Neutral and cool

Organ network Spleen

Flavor Sweet

Preparation Boiled, steamed methods

Fruit Pears, honeydew melons

Vegetables Eggplant, button mush rooms

Nuts and seeds Peanuts, pine nuts Soy products Soy milk

  • V Banana with honey
  • But not with phlegm conditions!)
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