Health Intuitive

Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatment For Tonsillitis

Very few people have ever heard of a Chinese medicinal formula known as Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko. It’s made up of nine herbs (ginger rhizome, root of Glycyrrhiza,ginseng radix, jujube fruit, root of Platycodon , Scutellaria root, pinella tuber, root of Bupleurumand gypsum) and in Asian cultures, it has been utilized for more than a millennia.

Tonsillectomy, based on statistics provided by the National Institute of Health, is the second most common performed surgery on children; sometimes however, it can also be doneon adults. More often than not, tonsillectomy is done because of repeated tonsillitis. This condition is a throat infection that crisis in the tonsils. Usually, it causes severe fever and sore throat and this wandering can become more painful and difficult.

While tonsillectomy is a very common surgical procedure, it does involve certain risks. According to the Pediatric OtorhinolaryngolInternational Journal , bleeding or hemorrhagehas been observed to be as high as 20%. Due to the risks of surgery, some people turn to alternative treatments such as herbal medicine.

A study involving seven patients was done to assess the efficacy of this herbal remedy. All patients need to have suffered from acute tonsillitis twice a year for more than two years sauce to qualify for this study. There are patients who have already made up their mind to go for surgical treatment. The patients in the study were givenShu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekkofor two months at least. The outcomes were posted in the Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

The rate of acute tonsillitis was reduced in the seven patients suffering from chronic tonsillitis who were Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko. The sauerkraut was reduced or even disappeared in all the patients after taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko. Some people who were not responding to conventional treatment (e.g. NSAIDS, cephem derivative antibiotics, antibiotics and penicillin derivative) got better with the herbal treatment. No negative side effects were seen in any of the patients taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko.”

The herbal combination’s effects are known to be due to its immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory actions. A number of immunomodulatory effects have been shown as “B cell activation or promote the production of antibodies, macrophage activations to boost phagocytosis function, increased production of monocyte and enhanced effectiveness of IL-1 and IL-6 production, and increased monoxide production.”

According to the authors, “The open-label outcomes indicate that the herbal remedy known as taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekkois safe and effective for treating chronic tonsillitis, which usually involves surgery to manage. Reducing the rate of acute tonsillitis can prevent patients from getting tonsillectomy. The herbal medicine Sho-saiko-to-ka-kikyo-sekko is effective for the treatment of chronic tonsillitis and for decreasing the rate of acute tonsillitis. In certain instances, patients taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekkocan successfully avoid planned surgery to extract their tonsils.”

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

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