Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Sore Throat

What Is Sore Throat?


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.

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Sore Throat?


Sore Throat - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for sore throat that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with sore throat:

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

Bai He Gu Jin Wan (Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal)

Clinical Usages

  • 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.
  • Useful for treating people who quit smoking or those with acute smoke exposure.

    Clinical Categorization

    Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia)

    Clinical Usages

    • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
    • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritibility.
    • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions.¬†

      Clinical Categorization


        • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

          Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan (Clear the Qi and Transform Phlegm Pill)

          Clinical Usages

          • Cough with thick yellow or green¬†phlegm, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and possible fullness of the chest due to damp heat accumulation in the lungs.

            Clinical Categorization

            Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan (Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction)

            Clinical Usages

            • 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.

              Clinical Categorization

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