The tonsils (located on either side of the inner throat, behind the tongue) work together with the pharyngeal tonsil (located in the nasopharynx or upper part of the throat) to form the body’s front line of defence against airborne bacteria entering the body through the mouth and nose. They are part of the lymphatic system and when they become inflamed, from fighting infection, the condition is known as tonsillitis.

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Acute tonsillitis (a sudden bacterial invasion of the nose and throat) can be remedied by a three-day juice fast along with herbs that cleanse and strengthen the glandular system and those that keep the bowel free and moving. A toxic condition that the lymphatic system is unable to throw off is indicated in chronic tonsillitis, and long-term measures are necessary to clean and tone the bowel, the blood and the lymphatic system. In the abscessed condition known as quinsy, gargling with an astringent as well as a tea made of three parts mullein, one part lobelia (1 tsp of combined herbs in a cup of boiled water) may be an urgent necessity along with the same treatment as indicated for chronic tonsillitis. You have to be patient with tonsillitis and get plenty of bed rest.

Single Herbs: Goldenseal, Echinacea (infection fighters); Mullein (specific for glandular system); Bayberry (astringent gargle), Reishi (immune boosting), Catnip tea and/or enema (to reduce fever).

Combination: Reishi Extract (3 capsules, twice daily), Kam Wu tea, Antiphlogistic (Chinese formulas).

Nutritional Supplements: Beta-carotene (30,000 IU, twice daily), Vitamin C (500 mg, six times daily), Zinc lozenges.