Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Sore Throat - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

Sore Throat - Basics

A sore throat is characterized by scratchiness, pain and/or tenderness. It is commonly one of the early symptoms of the common cold or another type of viral infection; however, it can be the result of seasonal allergies, flu, breathing in cold air, mouth breathing, strep throat or an obstruction.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for sore throat.

Sore Throat - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating sore throat. For a complete list from our store with more details see our sore throat formula section.

Sore Throat - Questions

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Sore Throat - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (24) acupuncture points may be useful for sore throat. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

Sore Throat - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (15) chinese herbs may be useful for sore throat. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.

The following (4) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Sore Throat

Bai He Gu Jin Wan

  • Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal
    • General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, heat in the soles and palms, and flusing.
    • Cough/wheezing, possible blood in the sputum, dry and sore throat may present from lung yin and qi deficiency.
    • This formula can recovering smokers.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

  • Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia
  • Classic formula for yin deficiency of the kidney and liver - vertigo, tinnitus, poor hearing, night sweats, heat in the five palms (hands, feet, a/or chest), spontaneous seminal emissions (a/or nocturnal), weak low back, light headedness.

    The Pulse will be rapid and thin and the Tongue will be red with little (or no) coating.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan

Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan

  • Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction
    • Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
    • Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
    • A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Gently Disperse and Moisten Dryness

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