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Voice Disorders

Voice Disorders


"Voice disorders" allows a general approach to include several disorders, under a single heading. We are able to detect subtle changes in someone’s voice, even over the telephone, causing us to inquire whether the person is feeling well?

Most of the time, any disorder, usually hoarseness, or the so-called “lost voice” (dysphonia), is temporary and associated with an underlying illness: colds, cough etc.

Problems may also become chronic, or permanent (aphonia).


Typically, this may involve inflammation affecting the voice box (larynx hence “laryngitis”), or a strain of the vocal cords.

A chronic condition can occur in singers, if they smoke, strain their voice, or perform frequently in smoky nightclubs.

Occasionally, trauma is involved, as with wrestlers or baseball players who are struck hard in the throat. Some surgical procedures remove the voice box, as in throat cancer, or sever the nerves during other procedures in the same vicinity e.g. thyroidectomy.

A laryngoscopic investigation can also reveal the presence of polyps.

Signs & Symptoms

We have all heard someone develop a husky, croaking voice, perhaps unable to rise above a whisper.

If it is our teacher, we may delight in our good fortune!

When there is a simple reason for it, the condition clears up rapidly. If it recurs, or becomes chronic, or even permanent, it involves a more serious disease process.

Nutritional Supplements

General Supplements

Propolis (lozenges)*
Shark Cartilage*
Vitamin C500 mg hourly
VItamin E400 IU
Zinc Gluconate (lozenges)

*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Recommendations often include avoiding sweetened or fried foods, to allow healing to take place.

Drinking lemon (or other citrus fruit) juice and water is an old standby both as a standard beverage and a gargle.

Broths are also helpful.

Homeopathic Remedy

Hoarseness after damp weatherCarbo vegetabilis
Barking cough & tickling throatDrosera rotundifolia tinct.
Hard dry cough and loss of voicePhosphorus ruber

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.

Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Tissue Salts


Calc. Phos.albuminous (egg-white) phlegm;
Ferr. Phos.painful, speakers, singers;
Kali Mur.huskiness, from cold;

Herbal Approaches


Tea Tree Oil (throat spray)
White Oak Bark


Licorice root

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils


Clary Sage Essence,Cypress Essence,
Lavender Essence,Myrrh Essence,
Pepper Essence,Rose Essence,
Sandalwood Essence,Tea Tree Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Sore Throat
Strep Throat



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