Tonsillitis Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Tonsillitis Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment


Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsils are 2 small glands on either side of the throat. When a person has tonsillitis, their tonsils become inflamed, infected, and swollen. The tonsils play a key role in helping to protect the body against infection. This is especially important in young children, whose immune systems are still developing. The tonsils act as a barrier, trapping an infection and stopping it from spreading to other parts of the body. The infection may stay in the tonsils, causing tonsillitis. As a person gets older their immune system becomes stronger, and the body does not rely on the tonsils as much to fight infection. That’s why tonsillitis in more common in children.

Causes :

In most cases, around 80% of tonsillitis are caused by a virus. Many types of viruses can cause tonsillitis, including cold & flu viruses. These can spread easily from person to person through coughing or sneezing, hand contact, and direct contact with the virus on surfaces (e.g. door handles). Some cases of tonsillitis are caused by a bacterial infection, usually the streptococcus type of bacteria.

Symptoms :

When there is severe infection, the patient feels throat pain, headache, swelling in the nearby area, difficulty in swallowing food, etc, followed by fever.

Complications :

  1. Disrupted breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnoea)
  2. Infection that spreads deep into surrounding tissue (tonsillar cellulitis)
  3. Infection that results in a collection of pus behind a tonsil (peritonsillar abscess)
  4. Bacterial inflammatory disorder that affects the heart joints and other tissues (Rheumatic fever)
  5. Streptococcus inflammation of kidneys results in inadequate removal of waste and excess fluid from blood (Poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis)

Ayurvedic view of Tonsillitis :

In Ayurveda, tonsillitis is related to Tundikeri or Galaayu, which is mainly caused by the accumulation of toxins in the body due to improper digestion and poor defense mechanisms by the immune system to counter the infection. All three doshas Vata, Pitta & Kapha get aggravated in the condition. Ayurveda considers the repeated infection and inflammation of the tonsils to be a cause of different types of ailments later in life. Therefore, Ayurveda treats the entire immune system thus eliminating any risk.

Causes of Tonsillitis/ Tundikeri according to Ayurveda:

  1. Intake of cold water or cold stuff such as ice cream, and cold drinks
  2. Cold climate
  3. Exposure to the cold breeze
  4. Excess intake of oily food

Pathophysiology according to Ayurveda :

All the three doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are observed here. Due to indulging in above mentioned aetiological factors, Kapha dosha will get vitiated, and thus vitiated doshas circulate in Siras and get localized in Mukha Pradesh (oral cavity) as Urdhwanga is the prime seat of Kapha dosha. Thus, vitiated Kapha in association with other doshas results in the manifestation of Tundikeri.

Types of Tonsillitis/ Tundikeri according to Ayurveda :

Classification is based on the predominance of dosha and characteristic pain:

Vata- Pittaja- Tundikeri is associated with Toda and Doha (Pain & fever).

Kapha- Raktaja- Tundikeri associated with Sthoola Shotha, Trishna, Shvasa & Kasa (Large tonsil swelling with cough)

Line of treatment for Tonsillitis according to Ayurveda:

  1. Managing the local pain, redness, and swelling (inflammation)
  2. Treating the fever/ infection caused due to the infection
  3. Lifestyle adjustment/ diet restrictions to avoid further damage to tonsils and to get them back to their healthy, original shape
  4. Surgery- If tonsillitis is occurring very frequently, if the tonsils are so swollen that it is difficult for the patient to breathe or swallow or if there is a huge pus collection.
  5. In cases where surgery is not necessary, a treatment module of edema (Shotha chikitsa) is applied.

Herbal formulations used are :

  1. Dashamulakatutraya Kashayam
  2. Indukantham Kashayam
  3. Pushkaramoolasava
  4. Shringyadi Choornam
  5. Sudarshana Choornam
  6. Talispatradi Choornam
  7. Sitopaladi Choornam
  8. Kanchanara Guggulu
  9. Khadiradi Vati
  10. Nimbadi Kashayan
  11. Gorochandanadi Gulika
  12. Shiva gutika
  13. Mahalaxmivilas Rosa
  14. Nirgundyadi oil

Self-care tips :

  1. Drink plenty of warm water to soothe the throat
  2. Take adequate rest
  3. Eat warm & light food
  4. Avoid throat irritants like smoke, dust, and pollutants
  5. Use herbs like black pepper, ginger, turmeric, and basil in the food
  6. Avoid Kapha aggravating food like milk & curd

The Ayurvedic treatment aims at treating the infection along with building up immunity aiming to eliminate the risk in the long term. The Ayurvedic herbs along with advice on diet and lifestyle help in eliminating inflammation and infection. For expert advice contact our Ayurvedic doctors Sandeep Kumar and Anupam Vasudeva at Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic to avoid further complicating the condition.

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Disclaimer : Sandeep Kumar and Anupam Vasudeva are not GP, they have Ayurveda medical degree from India where it is considered equal to any other medical degree. This qualification is recognized in Australia by vetassess governing body as Complementary Health Therapists. Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic does not claim to cure a disease or terminal illness and does not create any unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment. Ayurvedic medicines and treatments are generally considered to be safe but rarely may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. We recommend seeking urgent medical attention in the case of an adverse reaction. This website provides you with information. You must contact your Ayurvedic or another health professional before you apply them. Read More