Best homeopathic remedies for Tonsillitis from the book Therapeutic Pointers to Some Common Diseases by E.A. Farrington…

Alcohol [Alco]

      A gargle of Alcohol with water seems to remove accumulation of phlegm from the throat.

Ammonium Mur [Amm-m]

      The symptom which may suggest it in tonsillitis is: Throbbing in the tonsils; the faucial symptoms are so severe as to produce complete strangling.

Amygdala Amara [Amyg-am]

      It may be used when there is dark red injection of the fauces, uvula and tonsils, with sharp pains causing considerable difficulty in swallowing.

Baryta Carb [Bar-c]

      It is indicated in Tonsillitis, with formation of pus, when the right side of the throat is worse than the left [Belladonna], and the throat feels worse from empty swallowing; associated with these are: Enlargement of the glands in the neck, under the jaw and behind the ears.

It is one of the best remedies we have to remove the tendency to Tonsillitis, particularly in scrofulous children, with dry scurf on the head; every little exposure to damp or cold weather awakens anew the inflammation of the tonsils. It is one of the remedies to prevent the return of this condition. It changes the constitutional tendency of the patient.

Baryta Mur [Bar-m]

      The symptoms are same as under Baryta Carb.

Belladonna [Bell]

      It stands at the head of the list of remedies in Tonsillitis or Quinsy and it forms an interesting little group of remedies with Hepar, Mercurius, Silicea, Lach, and Sul. It is here indicated in the beginning, when the throat is bright-red and swollen, the tonsils, particularly the right one enlarged, with a tendency of the disease to extend towards the left [Lycopodium, Podophyllum] The is difficulty in swallowing fluids; when the patient attempts to drink, the moment the water touches the fauces, it is ejected and escapes in any way it can and he seems to be worse from it, more so, in fact, than from either saliva or solids. The tonsils rapidly suppurate and sharp pains shoot through the tonsils. There is also high temperature, crying out in sleep and awakening from sleep cross and irritable [Lycopodium]. The glands of the neck externally, are commonly involved and are to be be felt as hard, but very sensitive, kernels in the neck. The rapidity of the progress of the symptoms is characteristic.

If it fails to reduce the inflammation before suppuration commences, it is followed by Hepar.

Bromine [Brom]

      It is particularly suited to scrofulous patients, children usually, when the following symptoms are present: The tonsils are deep-red and swollen, and covered with a net-work of dilated blood-vessels. They are worse when swallowing, and are accompanied usually with swelling of the glands externally. There is also a feeling of rawness in the throat.

Calcarea Carb. It is indicated in fat, leuco-phlegmatic children.

Calcarea Phos [Calc-p]

      It is indicated in chronic cases; the bones are diseased.

Hepar [Hep]

      It is used after Belladonna, when the sharp, sticking, lancinating pains with throbbing and rigors and chill indicate the beginning of suppuration-it may even then prevent suppuration, and abscess formation when given in the incipiency of that process. The tonsils are large, hearing poor and there is sensation of fish- bone in the throat.

It is followed by Mercurius when pus has already formed.

Lachesis [Lach]

      It is indicated after Mercurius, when the pus degenerates and becomes of a dark, thin, offensive character, with the sensitiveness to touch of the remedy.

Lycopodium [Lyc]

      It is indicated when the disease starts in the right side and extends to the left [Belladonna, Podophyllum], with high temperature, crying out during sleep and awakening from sleep, cross and irritable [Belladonna]. The tonsils became large and are apt to be studded with small indurated ulcers.

Mercurius [Merc]

      It is indicated after Hepar and is suited to a more advanced state when pus has been formed and you wish it evacuated. The tonsil is enlarged and encroaches on neighbouring parts and the breathing is labored. Mercurius given at this stage, low and repeatedly, will cause a quick-breaking of the abscess, relieving all the symptoms.

Note of Warning: If given earlier the case will be spoilt and the course of the disease will be greatly lengthened.

Podophyllum [Podo]

      It is indicated when the trouble is apt to start in the right side and extends to the left [Lycopodium]. There is great dryness of the throat, agg. from swallowing liquids and in the morning, with pain going into the ear.

Sabadilla [Sabad]

      It is useful when the disease begins on the left side and extends to the right [Lachesis]. The pain is worse from empty swallowing and is relieved by warm drinks. Sometimes there is a sensation as of a thread or string in the throat or else a sense of constriction in the throat, as if it were tied by a string.

Silica [Sil]

      It is indicated after Hepar, when the abscess has discharged but refuses to heal and the pus keeps on forming and grows dark and foetid and disagreeable to the taste.

Sometimes, when the benefit under it ceases, a dose or two of Sulphur interpolated, will excite reaction to help silicea to cure the disease.

Besides the above remedies Fluoric Acid, Gelsemium, Ignatia, Mercurius Biniod., Natrum Mur, may sometimes be indicated.

E. A. Farrington
E. A. Farrington (1847-1885) was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. He began his study of medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Harvey W. Farrington, MD. In 1866 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street. Books by Ernest Farrington: Clinical Materia Medica, Comparative Materia Medica, Lesser Writings With Therapeutic Hints.