Alternative Treatments for Excess Mucus in Throat
The human body produces some degree of mucus on a daily basis. Clear, thin mucus is a sign that the immune system is functioning well. Yellow or green thick mucus is a sign that the body is fighting some sort of infection, however. The darker the color and the thicker the texture, the more serious the infection. Excess mucus production can last for a few days, or it can last for years. Conventional doctors usually prescribe decongestants or antibiotics for thick, colored mucus, and patients should ask their doctors whether a variety of alternative treatments may enhance treatment.
Diet modification may aid in the treatment of excess mucus. When the body is under allergen attack, it steps up mucus production in response. Dairy, wheat, eggs and peanuts are common culprits, but top alternative health magazine "Natural Solutions" says inflammation causing processed foods, saturated fats and refined carbohydrates can affect anyone, not just those with food sensitivities. A diet based on whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables is the best bet for those who want to dry out.
Chiropractic care is based on the theory that subluxations, or misalignments, occur in the spine and prevent the musculoskeletal and nervous systems from optimal function. A subluxation could prevent the body from fighting infection and may manifest itself as excess mucus in the throat. Chiropractors adjust the misaligned vertebrae and restore the body's functionality, theoretically drying up any excess mucus in the process.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage massage involves light pressure on the neck between the
collar and jawbones in order to help drain excess mucus from the throat and eliminate infection. "Natural Solutions" magazine points out that patients can easily learn the points and techniques from their masseuses so they may perform it on themselves between appointments.
According to Arurveda, the ancient Indian healing practice, excess mucus is the result of a dosha imbalance. "Natural Solutions" recommends heated sesame oil massages and warm baths or showers to eliminate excess dampness. Warming spices such as turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper as well as Indian herbs ashwaganda, amalaki and gotu kola may also help. It is important to note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate herbs or herbal supplements, however. A physician should be consulted before taking herbal remedies.
Chickweed, fenugreek, licorice, mullein, and sage are all herbs that may help treat excess mucus from the throat, according to All-Natural.com, though, again, none of these herbs are regulated by the FDA. Anyone seeking herbal treatment should first speak to their doctor and seek the consult of a licensed naturopath who has knowledge about possible side effects and contraindications. For instance, pregnant women should avoid licorice and sage, as they could potentially induce miscarriage, according to the website BabyCenter.
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