Tonsillitis - Overview

What is Tonsillitis?

Inflammation or infection of the tonsils is medically termed as tonsillitis. Tonsils are protective (lymph) glands that are situated on both sides in the throat. The tonsils constitute an important part of the body's immune system and are vital defense organs. They protect the body from bacteria and viruses by fighting these as soon as they enter the body (via the oral/nasal cavity). The tonsils along with adenoids are said to form the 'first line of defense' against infective organisms.


In the normal state, tonsils are pink in color (similar to their surroundings tissues) and about the same size. When the tonsils get inflamed, they become red, swollen and may develop pus pockets that start exuding a discharge. In cases with recurrent infections, the tonsils may become so swollen over a period of time so as to almost touch each other.


Types & Causes of Tonsillitis.

There are three types of tonsillitis:

Acute tonsillitis: An episode of tonsillitis that has been of recent origin is termed as acute tonsillitis. Acute tonsillitis can last for anywhere between four to ten days. It is commonly caused by virus or bacteria.

Sub-acute tonsillitis : This type of tonsillitis is commonly caused by the bacterium Actinomyces and lasts for more than 2 weeks.

Chronic, recurrent tonsillitis :Chronic tonsillitis is mostly caused by bacteria and lasts long periods. There may be enlargement of tonsils in cases of chronic infection. In case of recurrent tonsillitis, the patient tends to get episodes of tonsillitis repeatedly and remains symptom-free in between these episodes. It has been seen that recurrent episodes of tonsillitis can lead to scarring of the tonsils and renders them less capable of fighting against infections.


In a vast majority of cases, tonsillitis is cause by a viral infection (i.e. due to a virus). Certain bacteria can also cause tonsillitis and Streptococcal bacteria have been found to be the culprit in some cases. These are the same bacteria that cause streptococcal throat infection. Tonsillitis can rarely be caused by fungus or parasites also.


A number of food substances can lead to tonsillitis in susceptible individuals and common triggers include foods with artificial colors and preservatives, peanuts, cold foods, cold drinks, ice creams, sour foods, etc. The possible mechanism may be triggering of an abnormal immune response on exposure to any of these substances which acts as an allergen.


Homeopathic Treatment

Healing safely, gently and surely!

Homeopathy treatment of tonsillitis is time-tested and has proven to be useful in most cases. In one of the research studies conducted on 107 patients of acute tonsillitis, all the cases were treated with Homeopathic remedies (Phytolacca americana, Guajacum officinale, Capsicum annuum) and no antibiotics were used. In as less as two and a half days after starting treatment, a significant reduction in the symptoms of acute tonsillitis was seen in the patients. No serious side effects were reported at all in any of the cases. The treatment had been prescribed after taking into account objective as well as subjective symptoms of the patients. This study thus concluded that acute tonsillitis can be successfully treated with Homeopathy. It also clinically proved the immune-modulatory, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties of homeopathic remedies.

We have been treating cases of tonsillitis (acute, chronic, recurrent) for many years now and have had good response in most cases. Thousands of cases that have been treated & have reported freedom from the recurrent attacks of tonsillitis and have been saved from surgery for the same.

Homeopathic treatment targets the root cause of the ailment and reduces the tendency of the patient to fall prey to frequent attacks of tonsillitis. It improves the immunity of the patient and thus provides long term benefits rather than simply controlling the acute infection as happens with conventional medicines. Thus patients of tonsillitis who opt for timely and regular homeopathic treatment have a reduced need for antibiotics or may even be able to avoid the same completely.