Natural Cures for Throat Issues

| Modified on Mar 04, 2023

Home Remedies for Difficulty Swallowing and Persistent Sore Throats

Your throat has many muscles working together to help you swallow properly, but if you're having troubles swallowing, or have the sensation of a lump in your throat, that is known as dysphagia. Dysphagia falls into two categories: esophageal and oropharyngeal.

Esophageal dysphagia is a sensation of having food stuck in the base of the throat or chest and can be caused by throat muscle tension preventing muscles from relaxing (which can get worse over time), muscle spasms in the walls of the esophagus, gastroesophagel reflux disease or GERD (which can damage the esophagus and cause narrowing, spasms, and allow food to get stuck), and scleroderma which hardens the esophageal muscles and cause them to weaken.

Oropharyngeal dysphagia relates to the nerve and muscle problems that make it hard to move food from the mouth to the throat, and swallowing may cause coughing, gagging, or choking; sometimes even the sensation of food and liquid going into the wrong pathways. This can be symptomatic of a neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, or muscular dystrophy. Other causes can be neurological damage from stroke or injury, or also phryngeal diverticula: the formation of a pouch above the esophagus that collects food and can cause bad breath, coughing, and difficulty swallowing.

Home Cures for a Lump in the Throat

On Earth Clinic you can find a natural treatment for your throat trouble. Many Earth Clinic readers have reported positive use of cayenne pepper, coconut oil, and noni juice. In addition to home cures, there are many discussions of throat treatment strategies that may be helpful in your healing. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat your throat.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Agness Ness (Germany) on 05/24/2022 2 posts

Re: Lump in Throat Sensation (post from 2010)

Take two tablespoons ACV with a teaspoon of raw organic honey mixed in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning before breakfast . Take 4 times daily. Or put about 5 or more drops of Organic Apple cider vinegar into a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam daily until cured.

Or Add flax seed powder to your meals or soup.

Or Drink Golden seal root tea 3 or four cups daily and inhale the steam of this tea.

Or apply a teaspoon castor oil mixed with five drops tea tree oil to affected part daily until cured.

Oor drink Red raspberry leaf tea four cups per day or use the tincture type until cured.

Or on an empry stomach daily take 2 or 3 tablets of Calcium Lactate or calcium ortate until the lump in throat disappears.

Try one of these remedies.

Replied by Sacto girl

Re: lump in throat, when this happened to me I was diagnosed with silent reflux.

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Posted by Bdegolier (Collins, New York, Usa) on 01/31/2010

I've been told I have Globus Pharyngeus (lump in throat sensation).

For the past 3 months I have had the sensation that there is a lump in my throat. I have had every test imaginable with scopes through the nose and down my throat and they have shown nothing. I have been taking ACV 1 Tbsp 3X per day since this started. The sensation has eased off some but it is still there does anyone have any suggestions?

Replied by Noels
(Wolverhampton, Uk)

Hi Bdegolier

Many years ago I had a very similar problem and went to see my doctor about it. Every day it felt as though I had some toasted bread stuck in my throat. I also worked in a job I hated. When I saw the Dr I described the symptoms and said in passing that when I took my family away at the weekend to our family caravan in the country the symptoms disappeared. My Dr said nothing but wrote me a prescription for a very mild sedative. Within a day the symptoms disappeared never to return, Its surprising how tension can manifest itself!

Hope this helps you

Replied by Marny
(Bedford, Texas)


I have been experiencing throat tightness or the sensation there is a lump in my throat. I recently read that forcing yourself to cry would help, so I gave it a try and it did! The lump could be caused by anxiety and crying is a way to release. Makes sense. I hope this helps.

Replied by Sam
(New Orleans, La./usa)

Hi I had a constant coughing and a tightening in my throat and the later it got, the worse I felt. It was so so hard to swollow it felt like I was swollowing a ping pong ball, and when coughing I saw what looked like a ball by my wind pipe. My throat, breathing, coughing, and my ears were stopped up too. I tried the Nedi pot to clear my sinus, and a mixture equal parts of olive oil, honey, and lemon.
I also used appli citer viginar in place of lemon. Drank hot tea with honey and apple citer. Hot spicy noodles with a lil olive oil added and cyanne pepper which is good for upper respotory infections. Vitiman C and plenty fluids oh yea please dont forget to rub vicks vapor rub on chest n throat every night cover up and swet it out . After a few nights I felt a break through but was not willing to suffer no more. I went to the Doctor where I got a stroid shot, a script, for ampicillin and was told to use musinex D to thin the thick green mucus causing the problems.

Replied by Lisa

I see that this conversation is a few years old but just in case you are still dealing with this issue I will share my experience.

Chinese medicine calls that feeling of a lump in the throat "Plum In Throat" and it can easily be eliminated by a single visit to a good acupuncturist. It was pure coincidence that my husband was using acupuncture to eliminate back pain when I developed this problem. Immediately upon mentioning it I was taken into my own room, a couple simple needles were painlessly placed and 20 minutes later the issue was gone. It has been at least three years since that experience with no recurrence.

Since that time my husband and I overheard a conversation at a local medical clinic where a woman was sharing her experience of a constant lump in her throat. She told the person she was conversing with that she had undergone some sort of unpleasant throat stripping to eliminate her issue and it still wasn't gone. It broke my heart to hear and I was truly grateful that I had been able to avoid such an unpleasant experience.

I hope you have been able to resolve the issue for yourself. If not, find a good acupuncturist in your area.

Replied by Smartattimes

I felt like I had something stuck in my throat, like a cat may feel with hair ball. I read that it could be acid reflux due to the body creating less stomach acid or too much stomach acid so went to my Chinese medicine doctor he gave me some herbs and it went away.

Replied by ~ Nona
(New York)

There is so much to acupuncture. I just recently started taking advantage of it and am so glad I did.

Replied by Nika

Hi, my grandpha has the same problem like you did and I can't seem to find anything online, nor did the doctor find any organic cause with a gastroscopy, that would explain why he, from time to time, has a feeling of hair in his throat and this makes him cough all the time. This last all day, then goes away and come back again after some time. Could you please tell me the herbs your chinese medicene dr suggested you should take for this? Thank you :)

Replied by Markus
(Los Angeles, CA)

Sounds like you may have acid reflux. A lump in your throat is a common yet overlooked symptom. You are actually doing the right thing with the ACV to increase your stomach acid. You may need to continue doing it for while longer. 15- 20 min before meals is best. You can also switch to HCL which is a step up and then go back to the ACV.

Calcium Lactate

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Posted by Alex (Gainesville, FL) on 10/31/2022

Calcium Lactate has worked well for me for the feeling of having a lump in my throat.


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Posted by Ang9581 (Kitkland, Wa) on 12/21/2013

Thank you for the cayenne post on cayenne for thickened mucus lodged at bottom of the throat!!

This is the 2nd time that my boyfriend has had this happen to him (first time we went to the ER and a couple expensive medical bills later..) so we tried 2 drops of cayenne tincture and literally 30 seconds after he swallowed it, IT WORKED!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Who knew?! ;)

Posted by Mike (Lakeville, Mn) on 06/13/2011

Infrequently I'll get food stuck in my throat. I can breathe fine but there is pain and I can't swallow anything - not even saliva. For the most part I've learned to avoid the triggers (i.e. Raw carrots) but I recently found out that if I down a few drops of cayenne tincture mixed with a little water the food immediately goes down. It appears that my mucus is thickening at the base of my throat (possibly due to food allergies?). Back in the day, I even had to go to the emergency room and have a endoscopy done to dislodge the food. Other times it would take me up to 30 minutes to get food down (or throw it up) but the Cayenne is a great quick fix for my issue. I'm assuming this is due to its ability to thin mucous. Hope to find the root cause at some point but this has really been a life saver in the meantime.

Replied by Justin

Mike, look into Schotzki's Ring (spelling may be off), but it sounds like you may have symptoms of that. I have this issue often, but the best thing for me is making sure I chew my food extremely fine. I will try the cayenne tincture next time it happens though. Hopefully this helps!

Replied by Lynn
(Tennessee (tn))

Do u take this when u have an episode or before u eat?

Posted by Bill (Aberdeen, UK) on 03/03/2007

Having had throat problems for 20 years, comprising of pain, tickly cough, sticky mucus, I have tried almost everything with little success. I then tried cayenne gargle, with a little salt. The result is fantastic, almost immediately, my throat was back to normal, no mucus or pain. I now use a gargle mix of cayenne, apple cider vinegar, salt & honey twice daily. I also take cayenne with food. Generally feel very well and am very happy to have got rid of throat problems. I have been doing this regime for 2 weeks now.

Replied by Joyce
(North Braddock, Pa)

How much of each do you use and how much water? I have the oral thrush throat issues bothering me and feels like a gagging, clogging feeling. I tried salt water gargle, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and warm water gargle and to no advantage. But I do have every thing in house that you mentioned - I just can't do the honey as of yet till I know my system is back in full balance.I'm.not allowed any honey or sugar of any type.

Replied by Carol Ann

Joyce, try swishing with Milk of Magnesia, it really helped a friend of mine with oral thrush.

Replied by Joyce
(Pittsburgh, Pa)

What is the ratio u used of each? I have thick flem and can't clear it because of my battle I have been having with oral thrush. I boiled about 3/4 cup of water with a good amount of ginger and added 1/4 cup or raw Apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper and took a sip. Wow, potent, but it's not doing anything.

Also I usually wake up very dry so I don't want to be even more dry, just want to breath well and clear the throat. So what ratio do u use of each? Thanks Joyce

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Joyce,

When we use cayenne for a gargle, we use 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne with 1/4 teaspoon salt in 4 ounces of warm water. We use some lip balm on the lips before using it so it won't burn the lips and then gargle the mixture and spit it out. We have not found this to be drying, by the way.

I have bought a Throat Spray from Nutribiotic that is quite soothing for throat issues. I mention this because I remember reading a reviewer who was using it for her child who was a mouth breather, to help with his dry mouth. I use this spray in my mouth if I wake up with a dry mouth in the night. It isn't really a cure, but it is a comfort measure.

If you are not able to resolve your oral thrush issue, you might look into Bill's Candida protocol on this website.

~Mama to Many~

Coconut Oil

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Posted by 3sons (Springfield, Virginia) on 03/02/2010

I have suffered from chronic throat clearing for over 10 years now without any medicinal remedy found. I started using coconut oil two weeks ago for many of the noted health benefits and have been pleasantly surprised to find my chronic throat clearing almost completely diminishing. I still have a small problem remaining but the build up in mucus is nothing that I can't clear with a heavy swallow. Now I take several teaspoons a day, starting first thing in the morning and especially immediately before I eat.

If this reduction in chronic throat clearing continues I'll be able to relax and enjoy eating around people again and my family and friends won't have to endure to constant and annoying throat clearing any longer.

Wow. Wasn't expecting this ever to go away!

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(Fay., Nc)

Try olive oil. Take 1 tablespoon and then start patting your chest. You don't have to do it for long. After that just go on with your business. Eventually you will cough and hopefully the mucus will come out easy. I use to do this when I get the flu/cold. I would get over it quicker. Hope it helps you.

Replied by John
(Albuquerque, New Mex)

Good morning - I read your post and many others - I wanted to write to one because I have a friend whose spouse has a sound that he makes often in his throat. I finally asked him about it because I want to see if there is a cure to be found - he said it is because his throat collects phlegm and this is genetic in his family - do you know what this problem is? or what it is called? I would ask him but he is apparently very annoyed by this discussion - I just want to help him so if iIcould find the name of it I might be able to locate a cure

Replied by Sara
(The Beach, Canada)

It is typically a sensitivity to dairy and or gluten but mostly dairy.

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Posted by Art (California) on 02/24/2023 2184 posts

A friend recently asked me about an issue he was having where when he would try to go to sleep, it felt like mucus was some how leaking down to his throat and it would wake him up either coughing or choking and he said this had been happening for more than a year and it was not allowing him to get good sleep. He also told me that he could only lay on his right side to get some semblance of relief. He said that if he slept on his back or left side, he would cough and choke frequently, which would wake him up every time. He also told me that if he swallowed shortly after laying down, the situation seemed to be worse.

I told him it might be a sinus infection of some type and suggested colloidal silver might help if it is an infection. I gave him two, 2 ounce spray bottles of 20 ppm colloidal silver so he could try it out. He started using it right away at 3 times per day with two sprays in each nostril for a total of 12 sprays per day. He told me that that was similar dosing to some nasal sprays he had tried so he would use the CS in a similar manner.

I recently saw him and asked if the silver had helped him. He didn't answer me right away and looked like he was thinking about it. He finally answered with a yes. He said he hadn't even thought about it lately, but realized he could now sleep in all three positions with no coughing or choking. He said it must have gone away very gradually because he hadn't even realized that the problem was gone!

Not the most severe health issue by any means, but I love a happy ending!


Food Stuck in Throat Remedies

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Posted by Fern (Uk) on 12/20/2013

Hi, I would really appreciate advice on a throat problem I've had for over three years. I am at the end of my tether. It's very simple - I was eating an apple when a large piece of peel slid down "the wrong way" and lodged in my trachea beneath the vocal cords. No amount of coughing would dislodge it. I could still breathe (obviously) but the discomfort was indescribable.

Off I went to the doctor, then A&E, and eventually an ENT doctor. I've been relentlessly patronised and told it's a "scratch", acid reflux, or globus sensation. I had nasal endoscopy (3 times) and finally a bronchoscopy under general anaesthetic, in which, to my utter dismay the ENT doc couldn't find the apple peel. (Personally I suspect he failed to look carefully enough - I've read that up to 25% of bronchoscopies miss the foreign object they're looking for. Also this same doctor misdiagnosed a friend of mine with asthma when she actually had a virus...)

Because of the negative bronchoscopy, I cannot convince any doctor that my problem is real. But I KNOW what I swallowed (inhaled, rather) and I know it's still there - I still struggle with the pain and discomfort every single day and it's badly reduced my quality of life and damaged my overall health. I hoped the apple peel would break up or soften so I could cough it out, but this hasn't happened. Instead it feels as if it's shrunk and gone leathery. It's wedged under my vocal cord in such a way that it cannot escape. I've tried coughing, not coughing, steam inhalation, doctors, Chinese medicine, EFT and speech therapy, even spraying my throat with cellulase enzyme to try to soften the peel - nothing has worked. Three, nearly four years of this discomfort has left me exhausted and depressed and feeling I'll never be normal again.

Sorry this has got so long. It's over a year since I saw my GP and I'm scared to go again - I'm really sick of being treated as if I'm nuts and imagining it. I'm just searching for new ideas. Can anyone think of any substance or technique that would help my throat break down and expel this wretched piece of peel?

And can I ask a favour? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't tell me it's a "scratch", or stress, or acid reflux, or thyroid etc. Please answer as if my foreign body problem is REAL. Which it is!!! Any advice will be most gratefully received. Thank you.

PS. I'm female, age 57, British, not overweight, and in generally good health apart from this particular problem. I don't have dysphagia or any other underlying health issues.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Fern! What comes to mind is homeopathic silica - 'silicea' - 30C for chronic problems. 200C for stubborn problems. You may wish to google silicea and the difference in potencies as only you can determine if this is the right remedy for you.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Fern, read up on h2o2 inhalation.

Replied by Mike 62
(Denver, Colorado)

Fern: Dilute some live saurkraut that has not been pasteurized with water, grind up in the blender, add some raw honey, and gargle. The salt, sulfur, enzymes, and acids, can dissolve the debris. The nutrients can heal the wound. Latvia sells bee bread. You can add some of that.

Replied by Elle

I read in Readers Digest years ago about a small child who inhaled a pistachio shell. Told mom he did, she told drs. They said nothing was there, but he has asthma. about 5 years later, he coughed up a pistachio shell & the astham was cured! drs. ha

Replied by Fern

Exactly! I read about someone who had a peanut stuck in his lung for 28 years! I don't have 28 years!!! :-(

Replied by Carly
(Wa, Usa)

Hello Fern,

Just off the top of my head....i would try organic coconut oil in a hot cup of coffee ( or tea) daily. Eventually the heat mixed with the coconut oil may cause it to swell up enough to expell itself.

i kind of imagine it like the feeling of having a popcorn hull stuck in ones throat from what you have said? That has got to be miserable! My very best wishes to you on finding a cure...please keep us posted, and good luck!

Replied by Fern

Thank you so much for your replies so far. I googled "Silicea" and it was listed as the "#1 remedy for expelling foreign bodies"! Altho I'm a little skeptical of homeopathy I will certainly give it a try. Re the sauerkraut - wouldn't you have to strain it before gargling with the juice? (I don't want even more gunk getting stuck down there! ). I'll look into the coconut oil and the H2O2 too - I've read mixed reports about the latter, some sweaing it cures everything and others saying it's not so useful. I'm willing to try almost anything tho!

Some days it's more painful than others - especially if I've been talking a lot - but yes, it does feel pretty much like a big popcorn husk, or a piece of soft plastic with sharp edges (eg. like a candy wrapper) digging into the inside of my windpipe, or... exactly like you'd expect a piece of tough apple peel to feel. NOT pleasant. I suppose I'm lucky I didn't choke to death on the spot, but I would wish this on anyone!

Replied by Faeqa
(Amman, Jordan)
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Hi I suggest for food stuck in throat to put a little of herbs which make u sneeze a lot like pepper in your nose and sneeze from your throat strongly.

Replied by Fern

Of course, I meant to say I would NOT wish this on anyone! Faeqa - thank you, it's a good suggestion and I have tried pepper in the past, but even forceful sneezing fails to dislodge it. I know this from having had several colds, plus almost daily random sneezes, even if I try to sneeze with my head back so my throat is wide open. I feel it moving around a bit, but not enough to escape - it just digs into my vocal cords and hurts.

I live in hope that it will eventually weaken and break down enough to come out. I never dreamed apple peel could stay in one piece for so long! Nearly 4 years? It makes you wonder what chemicals, preservatives, waxes or whatever they are using on our fruit? I always peel apples now. I wish I could go back to that day and not eat that stupid apple at all!

Happy Festive Season to everyone. xxx

Replied by Bree
(Riverside Ca. U.s.)

Fern, when I had stomach problems I was sent to a doctor that after giving me medication to sleep ran a thin tube with a camera in the tube into my mouth and down my throat into my stomach. (I was awake enough to see the screen at my side which was interesting as our insides have interesting colors! ) The doctor had to give me more medication that made me sleep. Once this camera/tube was inserted down my throat the doctor could see all the way down into my intestines! I wonder if a professional could do that for you and your problem? Seems to me that you need to actually see if that apple peel is lodged in your trachea or another area? You will have to drink a solution that cleans everything out of your intestines and stomach. At least you will know what you are dealing with and where it is located. If I had your problem I would chose this option.

Replied by Real

I read about cases where people accidentally swallowed tootpicks tweezers etc.. they take an xray or ultrasound and you can see the item as clear as day and the doctor goes in and dislodges it. Just find a doctor that will do his job which is to help you.

Replied by Emma

Hi Fern, have you had any success removing your foreign body?

My mother was drinking a glass of apple juice and had something lodge in her throat, she too has been dismissed by doctors now, after having ct scan, scope under anaesthetic, etc.. She is a police officer, having this has destroyed her well being, she has only had it for 4 weeks but has lost weight and is in a lot of discomfort. She can't work or function, it is all she thinks about.

Replied by Viverre

In the "try everything mode"...have you tried standing on your head ? Have someone help you or lay across a bed and put the top of your head on the floor. Bounce around a little. Maybe gravity will help dislodge it. Also try eating dry bread. Sometimes the bulk of bread moving down your throat can latch onto things and remove them.

Replied by Ginny

Fern, it has been several years, but I just stumbled upon this blog while looking for answers to a throat lump. Just wondered whether you were ever able to dislodge that apple peel and, if so, how? Thanks. Hope you are well.

Replied by LizzyDuck
(Keltonburg, TN)

I too have suffered for 52 years of having food lodged in my throat and staying for extended periods of time...
My best success has been in sourcing "Food-Grade" essential oils. I put a drop or two in my tea and drink daily. These break down the food and dislodge it...
I've also purchased organic lemons - wash, chop and put into blender whole (skin seeds) Add 8 oz water and 8 oz grape juice. Blend and drink.

My theory is that once the food becomes lodged, the body creates mucus to alleviate it... the food is kept warm, thus fermentation and a breeding ground for bacteria...the mucus then hardens to a cocoon type structure that is persistent and extremely difficult to remove...
I have only found essential oils strong enough to break through and give relief.
I have also had amazing relief by using a gua sha tool, rubbing upwards on my throat towards my chin... Massaging the area (always have oil on your skin to keep the skin from sticking to the tool)
My last amazing rescue suggestion is to purchase an acupressure pen- Amazon $25. put the flat tip on and massage upward towards your chin in 5 minute increments. If you feel a stinging sensation this means that the pen is not making proper contact- add more oil to your skin. Keep the pen in a fluid motion moving back and forth. (set it no higher than 5. 3 seems optimal for me)

Best to drink 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar with the mother in hot water like a tea each morning.

God Bless You and Keep You!

Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by David (Kelso, Wa) on 09/28/2012

I have been trying hydrogen peroxide in various ways and found it works on colds very well. I also cured my jock itch I had for about 5 years and athletes foot I've had for 50 years. I think I just had my last cold. I also have geographic tongue and it helps a lot if I rinse with it on a regular basis. All the white rings disappear and the pain from eating certain foods is gone.

I started drinking H202 and put more in than I thought maybe 20 drops. It didn't affect me to much, but I noticed a lump in my throat, I have been diagnosed with nodules on my thyroid and thought that it might have been beneficial to eliminate these growths. I have read that H202 will shrink tumors.

Does anybody have information on what I might expect the results to be on these nodules if I start a regimen of increasing H202 drops every day?

Replied by Wayseeker
(Modesto, Ca/ Usa)

Two things that professionals have said are better to use externally are h2o2 and iodine/ iodide. I have tried the h2o2 internally using a chart, and I soon just felt completely wiped out.

A doctor's newsletter I subsribe to said it was good to simply add a 99 Cent bottle of over-the-counter h2o2 to your regular bathwater and soak in it. The skin will absorb what is useful, and it ph balances skin. Do keep it out of your eyes full strength! It can make one feel a bit speedy, and energized, so I would do it only in the morning.

For the Iodine/ iodide -- again, safe externally if not allergic. Only 1-2 drops needed, massaged in a small circle on leg, each day, and body will absorb only as much as it needs. Will stain clothes. Thyroid needs iodine to be healthy, especially as it acts as a protection to the thyroid with ongoing Fukushima radiation. (I don't mean the red stuff called mercurochrome either. Don't use that. ) Iodine/ iodide internally is dangerous as can stop up flow of urine from the body. Again, I had to prove this to myself before I believed it. --T.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi David... If these thyroid nodules suddenly appeared directly after taking high dose Hydrogen Peroxide then I would perhaps consider stop taking the Hydrogen Peroxide.

The explanation for thus is fully described here:

Hydrogen Peroxide is given off as a normal metabolite within thyroid cells -- this occurs as a normal part of the T3 and T4 hormone formation process inside the thyroid cell themselves. In this form, HP acts as a free radical and normally there is enough glutathione peroxidase(GP) in the cell to remove the accumulated hydrogen peroxide free radicals in the cell. But if your body is also low on Selenium -- the central metallic atom for glutathione peroxidase -- then you will also lack GP in your thyroid cells and the thyroid cell will be unable to mop up the HP free radicals. If this is the case, then the free radical HP will eventually increase to dominate and damage the thyroid cells and so antibodies will come in to remove the debris -- and hence thyroid nodule formation occurs.

Whenever you take high dose HP you should always supplement much higher doses of anti-oxidants because HP does have pro-oxidant action which uses up essential anti-oxidants in your body like Vitamin C, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. You need to at least start increasing the anti-oxidants in your body -- selenium being one of the most important in your case.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
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David: as far as a single solution for your prob it doesn't seem likely. What does seem apparent is a need to do detoxification remedies as well as Immune boosting. Here is a paste for Immune I posted just moments ago:

To boost immunity, support the Thymus gland which in turn will significantly increase immune response. Here's a paste from a previous post: "To boost the Thymus do these little exercises on a daily basis and significantly boost your immune power. First, use some type negative pole magnet (the side that sticks to metal) over the Thymus, which is directly between the lower neck and heart area; a common refrigerator magnet will do just fine; do this for approx 15 minutes. Second, do the "Thymus Tap" by making a fist and gently bump the T area a few times and wait a little then bump again several times daily. Thirdly, supplement Raw Thymus Glandular as recommended on label."

Next, check out all the good postings on Lipospheric Vit-C here on E. C. Lately. Vit-C is an excellent antibiotic and blood purifier; this should bring immediate lessening of symptoms. Iodine is also important for overall health (and Thyroid Health in particular), take Potassium Iodide as directed.

Other nutrients critical for immunity is Zinc & Vit-A. Natural Antibiotic herbs include: Grapeseed Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Oil of Oregano, Goldenseal, Pau de Arco. Immune boosting herbs are: Mitake, Reishi, Shitaki Mushrooms (Extract), Astragalus (don't give w/ fever), Echinacea, Beta Glucan.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Larynx Polyps

Posted by Navox65 (Neptune, New Jersey) on 01/11/2012

I was recently diagnosed with polyps in the larynx after an endoscopy. Is there any remedy that can be taken fo this? thank you

Replied by Tobiana

Hi, I found the comments in earth clinic under the nasal polyps helpful about acidity treating them with apple cider vinegar and diet

Noni Juice

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Posted by Ellen (Riverhead, NY) on 02/11/2009

I have had a problem with food getting stuck in my throat for many years, my sister has this also. It has worsened over the years. I was limited to what foods I would eat, especially if we were in a restaurant, staying with soups and salad for the most part. If food got stuck I would have to run to the bathroon, and spend 30 minutes sometimes trying to get up the small bits of food lodged in my throat. As I am 63 now and have been FREE of this for over 2 years by drinking Noni Juice! I have had some small distress with it from time to time, over these 2 years but nothing at all like it was . A steak dinner was a no no, tuna fish on toast, forget that, even chicken if it was a bit dry, was not a meal I could eat without a problem , just to name a few . I am so happy I found this site it has helped me so many times. I tell everyone about it.

It took about 3 months of drinking 2 to 3 oz. of Noni Juice every morning before I noticed it worked on my swallowing, I took it originally for normal aches and pains, energy boost, and hoped it would help stave off macular degeneration, which runs in our family. There is a great place to find Noni juice which is organic and does not contain "natural flavors" like some so called organic foods do, it is It is the best pice I have found, under 10.00 for a 32 oz. bottle. I havent seen a post on this problem and thought it may help someone. Thank God for this site!

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Thank you so much.

Stuck Food or Vitamin Pill

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Posted by Rexreid1111 (Fl) on 04/07/2015

If you can't breath call 911. This is for when you can still breath but there is an annoying pill or vitamin or food stuff in throat.

If you get a vitamin stuck in your throat there is a way to dislodge it.

  1. Stick your finger in the exact same location of the throat where the vitamin is stuck. Apply Pressure to the spot with a single finger.
  2. At the same time place a large amount of water in mouth.
  3. Keep pressure on area of throat where vitamin is stuck, and then swallow the water in several gulps.

I've used this twice and it has popped the stuck vitamin from the pouch in my throat.

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Replied by Steve

When pills/food get stuck in your throat continuously, it is a sign of a weak tongue which allows the pill/food to be caught in the little pouch at the base of the tongue. There are several exercises which can be utilized to improve the functionality of the tongue which will eventually eliminate the condition. In the interim, pills/food should be taken with a copious amount of water. Hope this helps

Stuck Throat Phlegm Remedies

Posted by Bonnie (Denver,co) on 01/27/2014

Hello, I am writing because my elderly husband is having throat issues. Lately phelgm is getting stuck in his throat and sometimes it takes several days for it to loosen and be eliminated. Could you recommend anything for this? Thank you so much! Bonnie

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)


If this were me I'd gargle with Colloidal Silver and use an inhaler which turns the liquid to mist. Those might help make the mucus more fluid.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Bonnie,

Here are some things I would try:

Salt water gargling - 1/4 teaspoon salt in 3 ounces or so of warm water.

Lots of fluids is important to thin the mucous. Lemon is good to cut the mucous. You can put a teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon in 6 ounces of water. Or 1 teaspoon to one Tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water to drink throughout the day.

Hot (perhaps very warm, not really hot) tea sweetened wit honey, any kind that he would be open to drinking.

Avoid dairy until this problem clears up. Dairy products increase mucous. I really notice this with my children when they have colds.

Let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile ,tn)

HI U BONNIE, , , , , , , , , , suggest he inhale cayenne pepper fumes from a pot of boiling water. This is not original with me. Learned that from a Redneck Texan back in '67 in Sheldon , Texas. Keep adding pepper until it's too strong. It breaks up the mucus. Cough up this and keep spitting. It will clean out your congestion. Crude, but works.

=======OLE ROBERT HENRY==========

Replied by Suzy
(Fort Wayne In)

Bonnie, I wonder if your husband could be having swallowing issues. There are a series of exercises for strengthening the muscles involved. They are simple and easy to do. An elderly friend of mine had this problem. The food would go down her wind pipe and eventually caused pneumonia. I do hope the issue gets resolved and that he feels better soon.

Throat Itchiness

Posted by Clemens (Na, , Na) on 01/18/2013

Hello, I am writing because I hope I can find help for a strange thing that has been happening to me over the past year.

When I lie down to sleep I often get a strong itchiness sensation on the very back of the throat (looking at anatomical dictionaries, I would say behing the soft palate, on the pharynx or the palatine tonsils) that goes away only by coughing strongly. It is not a huge problem, but it often bothers my sleep.

I went to the doctor and he said that it could be either a dust-mite allergy, although it is strange that I don't get it in any other position (well, oddly enough now, while writing this post, I have it while sitting), or due to gastric reflux, which is also strange since I don't get any burning sensation. Before doing x-rays as he suggested to see if there actually is reflux, I wanted to hear comments and suggestions by the members of this wonderful forum and perhaps even from Ted, although I know he has much more searious things to treat. I would really like to avoid unnecessary xrays.

I am adding further information about my situation to give you better understanding.

Some years ago I sometimes had very strong pain on the chest, but after doing cardiograms twice (nothing unusual found) doctors said that it was probably due to a stress related gas buildup in the stomac, and that perhaps some bacterias (don't remember the name now) had grown too much. Fortunately soon after the visit the pain went away and I didn't do the further test to see if there were actually too many unfriendly bacteria. Recently I feel as if the pain on the chest is about to come back, but then I don't get anything other then a very light uncomfortable feeling.

Recently, but I believe actually after the itchiness started, I was doing some construction work and found some asbestos. Furtunately it wasn't dried up and crumbling, but sometimes I get this very strange thought that I might have a little fiber stuck on my tonsil which causes the itchiness.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, I very often have tonsil stones that I try to get rid of through gargling, but sometimes I feel as if something is still stuck in the tonsil and also on the soft palate or somewhere around there. Interestingly, just now after coughing to get rid of the itchiness that suddenly appeared while sitting, I got a little stone tonsil.

Replied by Anon

Hi, itchiness on palette is common allergic reaction to dust and or hayfever. Actually wheat intolerance can cause this reAction. The tonsil stones can be a sign of low grade infection so you need to boost your immunity to solve this- I think cutting down on milk will help too. So basically if you reduce your exposure to dust, cut out wheat and dairy then if tonsil stones still exist boost your immunity- drink green tea may be enough. Or you could try the other immune boosters on this site.

Replied by Ds
(Nwa, Ar)

I agree that it's mites. I started getting this sensation when I began fighting this issue in a big way. I'm of the opinion/experience that they live pretty much everywhere in/on the body--including the mouth. They feed on candida/yeast (a lot of "silver" fillings equals yeast/mites in the mouth)... I think they migrate from one area to another when we use substances they don't like. For example, using tea tree in the mouth, might have them "scurrying" (ha) to the throat.

I strongly agree with using green tea, but like with anything, don't over do it. Try just one cup per day. Try AM and PM to see which time frame gets the best response.

As for dairy, I haven't drank milk in decades and very little dairy (some raw cheese here and there), yet still had this issue in the past (and was eating zero dairy at the time).

Besides daily exercise (not in excess, about 30 mins per day) and drinking at least 8 to 10 cups of water (both, panaceas for a lot of ills). One of the best things we can do for our health is to change things up. Food, supplements and other health rituals. Get out of the rut of doing it every single day. Eat different (healthy) foods, take supplements only every other day (also good for the pocket book), change your exercise routine, do oil pulling only every other day, etc.

If you don't already, do the oil pulling, I think it helps to kill the mites in the mouth, and consequently helps alleviate a lot of health issues they create.

Replied by Celine

I had sore throat for a few days. After the soreness went away, it became itchy. I tried many ways to soothe the throat. One method which I just tried which was recommended by a friend and it works wonders. Take a few dried tea leaves and leave them in your mouth. Let the tea leaves become soft and taste the tea leaves like you would a candy. It would immediately relieve the itchiness of the throat and avoid the embarrassing coughs if you are in public.

After about 20 minutes, spit the tea leaves out. It is alright if you have swallowed the tea leaves as they are edible.

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