Tonsillitis is a disorder involving inflammation of the tonsils. Clinical features include-Pain in throat, associated with difficulty in swallowing. The pain radiates to the ears. The throat is reddened, the tonsils are swollen and may be coated or have white spots on them.
Recurrent tonsillitis is seen commonly in children and this has many adverse effects on the normal growth and development of the child among these missing school days, not to mention the economic burden of treatment on the family. In recurrent tonsillitis, the tonsil gland gets inflamed and enlarged repeatedly, and after treatment the size remains the same though the inflammation subsides. This leads to obstruction in the throat both to airways and digestive tract, posing problems in deglutition later. Besides medical management with antibiotics, the only other option in modern medicine is surgical removal of tonsils.
A disease which is similar to tonsillitis in clinical presentation in Ayurveda is Tundikeri which is described under Mukha Roga. Dealing with the treatment of the disease Tundikeri particularly, Acharya Sushruta mentions that Tundikeri is the Bhedya Roga. At Arth Ayurveda, we manage the condition with drugs having properties such as Lekhana, Shothahara, Sandhaniya, Ropana, Rakta Stambhana and Vedana Sthapana. We have also found that external treatments like Kavala, Gandusha, Kshara Lepa give good results with low recurrence rate.
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