Tonsillitis and Ayurveda
One very common disease that affects our respiratory tract is tonsillitis. The tonsils lie on either side of the throat. Tonsillitis is a reoccurring inflammatory condition that most people experience when going through childhood. The common reason for tonsillitis is an infection caused by the staphylococcus bacteria.
When left untreated or not treated properly, chronic tonsillitis can lead to numerous other afflictions such as high feverish temperatures, nephritis and various other complications. Other indications of tonsillitis include the swelling or enlargement of the tonsillar glands, voice loss, pain when swallowing and pain in the ear of the predominantly affected side of the throat.
Found directly behind and above the tongue the tonsils are tiny almond-shaped appendages located on either side of the throat.
Tonsils play a vital role in defence against infections that enter the body through the mouth or nose and are part of the body’s lymphatic system. Together with the adenoids, which are found at the back of the nasal cavity, they act as a natural first line of defence against respiratory infections.
From time to time the tonsils become overwhelmed by an infection. This is tonsillitis, and it’s mainly found in children between three and six years old. Similar in symptoms to the flu, it’s often difficult to distinguish between the two initially. The main symptoms of tonsillitis are a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Other indications include inflamed tonsils and headaches, fevers, chills, and earaches.
Should the tonsils become angry, red and inflamed they may form specks of white discharge, occasionally the adenoids also swell which can give a nasal effect to the voice when speaking. Previous the most prescribed cure for repeated tonsil tract infections was surgery, however nowadays medical opinion has changed and the surgery is becoming less commonplace. It’s now known that a recurring tonsil infection, even if it happens up several times a year, does not require a tonsillectomy (the removal of the tonsils by surgery).
There are numerous misconceptions involving the tonsils that previously lead to invasive and unnecessary surgery. Some of these common misconceptions include.
Tonsils serve no purpose.
False, there is continuous new evidence that proves that tonsils are an essential part of our defence mechanism against viral infections and invasive germs and are directly linked to our lymphocytic system.
My child is continuously sick
it’s more likely that your child is going through the normal stages of growth, whatever the condition of their tonsils. Its worthwhile remembering that before a body can develop antibodies and fight off illnesses it needs to be exposed to a certain amount of infections and viruses. It’s not unusual for humans to have several mild respiratory diseases and infections throughout the earlier years of childhood.
My child will be healthier without them
There is no conclusive proof that a tonsillectomy or the removal of the adenoids will have any effect on making children less susceptible to viral or respiratory infections, colds and sore throats. Nor does it alleviate chronic diseases such as asthma or allergic reactions.
The tonsils are enlarged
What you think is swelling may well be the tonsils normal size. At birth the tonsils are extremely small, but as the body grows they gradually increase in size, reaching the maximum size around the age of five to seven years old. Once this occurs they then gradually shrink to about the same size as a walnut. The same is true for the adenoids, which grow between the ages of three to seven years old and then begin shrinking, eventually vanishing completely once puberty is reached.
Unless there is a direct medical condition diagnosed, enlarged tonsils are no reason for surgery. Ayurvedic doctors consider the reoccurring infection and inflammation of the tonsils as a key component against preventing infections and illnesses later on in life.