Acute Tonsillitis

- exterior pathogenic invasion of throat blocking the jing lou. In Western Medicine Tonsillitis is an acute inflammation of the palatine tonsils usually due to the streptococcal bacterium or viral infection.

It is characterized by a sore throat, throat pain aggravated when swallowing and referrs to the ears, high fever, tiredness, headache, vomiting

Wind Heat - fever, aversion to cold, aversion to wind, painful swallowing, dry throat, dry mouth, headache, local area redness and swelling with local lymph node inflammation.

Herbal Formula: Yin Qiao San With toxic heat - Da Qing Ye, Pu gong Ying With constipation - Gua Lou Ren, Tian Hua Fen With wind cold transforming into wind heat - Jing Jie, Fang Feng


Accumulated Lung and Stomach Heat - excess fever, severe pain, swelling in throat, red tonsils with white yellow discharge, exterior symptoms are mild or non-existent, local lymph swelling, constipation

Herbal Formula: Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Chronic Tonsillitis

- residual pathogenic factors remaining from acute infection or wei Qi is deficient allowing recurrent infections to occur. Halitosis, dry throat, difficult to expectorate sputum

Herbal Formula: Yang Ying Qing Fei Tang

With bad breath - Shi Gao

With dry throat - Zhi Mu, Shi Hu, Yu Zhu


Tonsillar Abscess

Forming Stage - unilateral painful abscess formation, inflammation, painful talking, bitter taste, toxic heat symptoms

Herbal Formulas: Qing Yan Li Ge Tang, Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin


Bursting Stage - fever stays high, severe sore throat, radiates to ears, excess redness, escess swelling, excess pain

Herbal Formula: Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin + Zao Jiao Ci, Da Huang, Mang Xiao Wei Jing Tang (post bursting stage - recovery) Da Huang Mu Dan Pi (more purging)

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