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Tonsillitis – Inflammation of the tonsils – Causes and Symptoms, Remedies, Dietary Considerations

Tonsillitis refers to acute inflammation of the tonsils, which lie, one on each side of the throat. Chronic tonsillitis is a term applied to cases in which there is enlargement of the tonsils accompanied by repeated attacks of infection.

SYMPTOMS OF TONSILLITIS

The main symptoms of tonsillitis are:
– Sore throat.
– Fever.
– Headache.
– Pain in various parts of the body.
– Difficulty in sallowing.
– Weakness.
– Tonsil appear inflamed and red when the mouth is wide open.
– Sometimes, spots of pus exude from them.
– The tonsorial lymph glands which lie just behind the angle of the jaw are tender and enlarged.
– Pain in the ear.

CAUSES OF TONSILLITIS

– Toxic condition of the system which is brought to a head by a sudden lowering of vitality, resulting from exposure and sudden chill.
– Tonsils become enlarged and inflamed when the toxins cannot be got rid of through the normal channels of elimination such as bowels, kidneys, and skin.
– A throat affliction of this kind is also associated with and is the result of chronic constipation,when toxins are re-absorbed into the bloodstream.

REMEDIES FOR TONSILLITIS

– Vegetable Juices : Juices of carrot, beet and cucumber, taken individually or in combination are beneficial.
– Milk : A glass of pure boiled milk, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder should be taken for three nights.
– Lime : A fresh lime squeezed in a glass of warm water with four tsp of honey and a quarter tsp of common salt should be sipped slowly in such cases.
– Fenugreek Seeds : A gargle made from fenugreek seeds is very effective. To make such a gargle, two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be allowed to simmer for half an hour in a litre of water and then set aside to cool. The entire quantity should be used the same day as a soothing gargle.

DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS

Foods that should be avoided are cold drinks and aerated drinks, spicy food, curds, buttermilk, fried food, ice-cream, hard and crunchy food articles, strong coffee, tea and alcohol and one should avoid smoking.
The best diet to begin with, the patient should fast for three to five days by which time the serious symptoms should subside.
After the acute symptoms of tonsillitis are over, the patient should adopt an all-fruit diet for next three or four days.
Gradually, the patient can embark upon a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits.

NOTE:
Daily dry fiction and a hip bath, as well as breathing and other exercises should all form part of daily health regimen. The bowels should be cleaned everyday. A cold pack should be applied to the throat at two-hourly intervals during the day.

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