Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for Laryngitis (inflammation of the larynx)

Laryngitis
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT - laryngitis

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

General description & overview of Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

About Larynx

Larynx or voice box is the chief component of your speech apparatus. It is located in your neck/throat and is a tapered cylinder about 4cms long, roughly bat-shaped when viewed from above and is an intricate arrangement of nine cartilages covered with mucus membranes and bound together by ligaments. Part of larynx protrudes in your neck in the form of Adam’s apple.

Your vocal cords are two bands of tissue that extend across the larynx. There is a central muscle bundle, various layers of connective tissue and a skin like covering called the mucosa. Controlled by this intricate muscular system, the cords open wide to create deep sounds and narrow to slits for high-pitched sounds. It is basically the air coming from the lungs (via trachea) that passes over these cords and causes them to vibrate and produce sounds.

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About Laryngitis

Laryngitis is nothing but an inflammation of the larynx (membranes of the larynx) and the vocal cords. As a very delicate balance has to be maintained between the different components of the vocal cords, slight disturbance is enough to disrupt the optimal vibration of the tissue due to the passing air, resulting in hoarseness or voice loss.

This common affliction of the voice box can be acute or chronic. It rarely causes serious trouble in adults, but it may cause complications in children - more specifically croup, a swelling of the throat that narrows the airways and causes a "barking" cough and epiglottitis, which is inflammation of the epiglottis (the epiglottis is the flap of cartilage at the back of the tongue that closes off the windpipe when swallowing and if it swells, breathing can be come obstructed).

Usually, the symptoms should not alarm you much and you can self-treat yourself, but self-treatment for hoarseness and cough that last more than a few days is definitely not advisable. The most severe symptoms that call for a visit to your doctor immediately are trouble in swallowing the saliva, coughing up blood, noises in throat while breathing as all these may point to a tumor.

When you visit your doctor, s/he will examine your throat and take a culture if it looks infected. S/he will also examine your sinuses, neck, nose, and lungs. If you have had laryngitis for a long time, especially if you are a smoker, a special test called laryngoscopy may be carried out on you which involves use of a rigid or flexible viewing tube called a laryngoscope to see the back of the throat including the voice box.

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Symptoms of Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

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A cough that is initially dry but later produces phlegm

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A tickling and raw feeling in your throat

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Coughing on inhalation

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A constant urge to clear your throat

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A serious form of laryngitis involves pain while coughing but is quite rare

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Hoarseness or may be complete voice loss

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In extreme cases there is fever along with lethargic feeling, and difficulty in breathing

Natural & alternative medicines & remedies & cures for Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis. Our throat related difficulties are responsible for almost ¼th of our visits to the doctor. That much is the damage caused by the various bacteria, fungi, virus constantly targeting our throat, and the chief target for these demons is – larynx.

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Causes of Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

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An acute viral or bacterial infection (upper respiratory infections like cold, flu, bronchitis)

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Allergy

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Irritation by toxic agents like noxious auto exhausts, chimney fumes and other industrial chemical fumes

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Another set of toxic agents include tobacco smoke and alcohol (usually excess of the two only creates problems)

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Abuse of vocal cords (too much talking, singing, shouting)

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Dry ambient air (although the air becomes wet after entering through the nose, it may reach the larynx dry due to either inefficient humidification or may be you are inhaling through your mouth, as you do when you gasp after running or during exercise)

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Secondary effects of acid reflux (GERD)

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Some psychological disorder

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Polyps on the vocal cords – polyp is a growth of the connective tissue beneath the mucus membrane that covers the vocal cords. Generally, their presence does not indicate any threatening condition but if they do, they can be surgically removed.

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Nodules on the vocal cords - A nodule is roughly the size of a corn or callus, and like polyps, are usually caused by too much shouting and other abuses of the vocal cords. They also can be easily removed but tend to come back if the vocal cords are not protected.

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Cancer (remember, your larynx is one of the favorite targets for cancer)

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

Herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used for centuries to treat a number of conditions. The larynx is another bodily organ that can be soothed by a number of proven herbal and homeopathic ingredients. Such ingredients include Gelsemium, a homeopathic remedy well-known for its ability to reduce the symptoms of sore throat and influenza.

While these ingredients help relieve troubling laryngitis symptoms, other herbal ingredients are especially helpful in assisting the body’s ability to fight off infection. Olea europea (extract of Olive leaf) is used to fight a variety of illnesses and to protect the body against disease, ailments, and infection of all types.

Since immune deficiency is one of the highlighted causes of this infection, naturally boosting the immune system is the first course of action for many people. Herbs such as Echinacea purpurea, Astragalus membranaceous, Inula helenium and Withania somnifera are well-documented for their antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as their ability to strengthen and assist the immune system. These herbs not only help to treat current infections, but work well as a preventative measure so that the laryngitis does not reoccur.

Herbal supplements & cures for Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis. •	Gallium aperine (also known as Cleavers): This is an excellent cleansing tonic and has a particularly beneficial effect on all the lymph glands, including the tonsils. Gallium aperine is effective in relieving swollen tonsils and other lymph glands and is also recommended for glandular fever.

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Mercurius solubilis (Merc. Sol.) 6C - This has been used medicinally in its raw form since the times of Ancient Egypt to treat a range of infections. However, in more recent times, medicinal use of raw Merc. Sol. was discontinued due to the aggressive nature of Merc. Sol. and the risk of side effects However, in its homeopathic form, one receives the therapeutic benefits of Merc. Sol. without the associated side effects in concentrated forms. Used homeopathically, Merc. Sol. is extremely effective in the treatment of all mouth and throat infections, including infected throats, tonsils, tooth abscess and oral thrush. It is also recommended for fever as well as infections of the sinus and ears.

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Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato) - Hypoxis contains phytosterols and sterolins, which help to modulate the effect of the immune system. Research has shown the beneficial effect of plant sterols and sterolins on the immune system. Research done on a group of volunteers demonstrated a significant increase in the number of T-cells, which are involved in enhancing immunity.

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Agothosma betulina (Buchu) - This is a urinary antiseptic and possesses diuretic properties. Buchu has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of South Africa for many centuries and assists the body to rid itself of toxins by stimulating the secretion of retained water.

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Viscum album - This herb acts as a natural diuretic, and vasodilator, supporting the natural strength of capillary walls and the body’s natural ability to encourage repair of damaged cells.

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Schizandra sinesis - This herb is a powerful native ingredient from China. Schizandra is also used to assist the body in its capacity to regulate and maintain healthy energy levels and to routinely protect against toxins and cell damage. It is effective in helping the body to perform its natural function of regeneration of damaged liver tissue, while promoting improved overall regulation of physiological processes.

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Astralagus membranaceus - This is another potent Chinese remedy, also called 'huang qi', and has a variety of benefits as a convalescent and rejuvenating tonic.

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Olea europea (extract of olive leaf) - This herb contains a compound called oleuropein acid that is effective in helping the body to routinely combat numerous pathogens (germs). The positive effects of Olive leaf have recently been demonstrated in a variety of clinical studies.

   

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

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CroupEx Sprinkles for Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

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Helpful dietary habits in Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

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Increase the intake of fluids, especially warm, lubricating fluids. Slippery elm bark tea, juices, your normal tea with honey will all lubricate the back of the throat. Now, drinking won’t lubricate the vocal cords or larynx directly as the epiglottis closes over them like a trapdoor, but it will definitely provide enough water to help the mucus glands in the larynx to form a protective and smooth coating on the cords, thereby decreasing the irritation and further deterioration due to infection.

Homeopathic medicines & cures for Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis. Choose your cough drops wisely as many mint and mentholated products are actually irritating. Instead, use honey or fruit flavored soft cough drops.

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As one very important and common cause of larynx is cold, take your diet accordingly. Zinc and vitamin C rich diet is supposed to not only improve immunity but also shorten the duration of cold. This will indirectly help in both, reducing the time an infection remains in the system and also preventing the virus to invade that easily. Foods rich in them are:

Vitamin C – citrus fruits, blackcurrant, vegetables (broccoli, potatoes), red capsicums and chilies, strawberry,
   kiwifruit, rock melon.

Zinc – dairy products, seafood (oysters), chicken, beef, eggs

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Avoid drinking alcohol as it is a major irritant, although you will not feel it that way.

Some most effective home made remedies for laryngitis are:

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Cardamom – Mix a few seeds of green cardamom in a teaspoon of honey and eat once a day.

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Mix a teaspoon of onion juice in a teaspoon of honey and take once a day.

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Take a teaspoon of both, crushed green cardamom and cinnamon sticks, and pour a glass of boiling water over the mixture. Filter the solution after a few minutes when it becomes lukewarm. Gargle with the filtrate.

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Take a glass of barley water and pour 2 teaspoon of fennel seeds into it. Boil, let the temperature come down and drink when lukewarm.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

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Just shut up – Don’t talk AT ALL for at least some time (a day or two) whatever be the cause of your suffering. Even whispering hurts your vocal cords by moving them almost as vigorously as they move when you shout.

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Rest your voice for a minimum period of 7 days. This will also help you in recuperating faster from the underlying disease which caused laryngitis.

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Use amplification system to protect your voice function if your job needs raising your voice. In short, use a mike whenever possible, convenient and unobtrusive in your job.

Natural remedies for Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis. If you have to speak for long intervals day in and day out and you get laryngitis quite often, it is time you consider voice training. In an untrained voice, muscles supporting the larynx strain against one another and result in inflammation when used for a long time. In voice training, you’ll learn to get those muscles to work together.

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Don't clear your throat even as you desperately want to do it as you may damage your vocal chords. Try to suppress the feeling by sipping water or simply swallowing.

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Breathe through your nose as nose is a natural humidifier and it is its job to humidify the inhaled air. Your mouth was created for different purpose and definitely not breathing. So, if you are one of those unfortunate ones who have to breathe through their mouths because of deviated nasal septum or cold or sinusitis, then use a cold-air humidifier. The inhaled moist air will then help the mucosa to blanket your vocal cords with moisture otherwise the dry mucus over the cords will become sticky and adherent which is quite attractive for the irritants.

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When you travel by air, chew gum or suck lozenges. This shall increase the saliva production which will help your throat to keep wet in the predominantly dry climate inside the plane.

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Don’t smoke – Every smoker knows that smoking dries his throat and chain smoking often results in hoarseness of voice due to laryngitis. So, no need to tell you fellas, what to do? Quit smoking completely.

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Steam inhalation - This moisture level can be retained by hanging your head over a steaming bowl of water for 5 minutes. Do this at least twice a day. You may also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in water for better results.

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Diffuse eucalyptus oil in your room if you sit there for prolonged periods (off course make sure there are no children in the room as the smell will be quite pungent and intolerable for them). Also, use a humidifier in your room as the mucusa lined on the vocal chords needs to be kept moist to repel irritants.

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There are certain medications like anti-allergic (antihistamines), thyroid and blood pressure which tend to dry your throat. Make sure you compensate for this dryness.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Laryngitis, inflammation of the larynx, croup, barking cough, epiglottitis

ImmunityPlus

Promotes healthy immune system functioning and helps fight viral and bacterial infections.

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CroupEx Sprinkles

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves croup and barking cough in babies and children.

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Throat and Tonsil Dr.

To soothe the throat, promote tonsil health, support immune functioning.

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