How to Treat Recurrent Tonsillitis Without Surgery?


Tonsils are a set of lymphoid organs present in the human body that reach their largest size in puberty. The tonsils are one of the most immune-competent organs. These usually serve as the first line of defense against inhaled foreign germs and most commonly result in immune responses and common illnesses such as the common cold. Tonsils act as filters, trap the germs that try to enter the system, and make antibodies to fight the infection.

 Recurrent Tonsillitis


When tonsils get overwhelmed by bacteria and viruses, it results in tonsils getting swollen and inflamed which often results in this condition called tonsillitis. This is more common in children and can reoccur over and over again. There are three types of tonsillitis:

1.  Acute tonsillitis: This lasts around a 2 weeks

2. Recurrent tonsillitis: This reoccurs several times a year.

3. Chronic tonsillitis: This is a long-term infection.

The Most Common Causes Of Bacterial Infection Are

  • Bacterial infections such as streptococcus bacteria
  • Viral infection
  • Adenovirus
  • Influenza virus
  • Enterovirus
  • Herpes simplex virus


Symptoms Of Tonsillitis in children and adults include

  • Sore throat
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • The white-yellowish coating on the tonsils
  • Fever
  • Painful tonsils
  • Scratchy voice
  • Stomachache


Majorly the treatment includes working on the root cause. Treating the root cause often has good results in acute tonsillitis. Modern medical science offers these two treatments:

1. Medications

Specific medications are used to treat tonsillitis. In the case of bacterial and viral infections, antibiotics and antiviral medications are used. The issue with medications is that it usually gives temporary relief and cases of chronic and recurrent tonsillitis may reoccur.

2. Tonsillectomy

Tonsils are a very important part of our immune system but if the condition of tonsillitis recurs more than seven times in a year or the swollen inflamed tonsils make it difficult for a person to ingest, doctors suggest removal of tonsils and the process is known as tonsillectomy.

Modern medical science has limited options when it comes to tonsillitis, especially recurrent tonsillitis. There is nothing more that we can do except go for a tonsillectomy. Further in this article, we will have a look at what Ayurveda thinks of tonsillitis and what are the ways to treat recurrent tonsillitis without surgery in Ayurveda.


Sushruta Samhita in Ayurveda mentions the condition of tonsillitis as ‘Tundikeri’. Acharya Vagabhata, another ancient Ayurveda scholar has mentioned this disease under the diseases of the throat and Acharya Sushruta has mentioned it under the diseases of the palate. Although it is predominantly a Kapha and Rakta disorder, there is the involvement of vata and pitta in the samprapti (pathogenesis) of Tundikeri. Tonsillitis is a condition where all three doshas are involved. Indulgence in excess cold foods aggravates the Vata and Kapha dosha which further aggravates the condition.

Ayurveda considers this issue arises because of over-processing and over-accumulation of toxins in the body which is why Ayurveda management begins by changing the diet and lifestyle of the person.

The basic line of treatment includes

  • Management of any local swelling or pain.
  • Management of fever and inflammation caused by infection.
  • Dietary and lifestyle management

All the above-mentioned management is possible with various Ayurveda herbs mentioned in ancient Ayurveda classical textbooks. Further in this article, we will discuss the herbs that help in treating chronic and recurrent tonsillitis and may help prevent surgery in recurrent cases.


Ayurveda mentions many herbs that help in improving the symptoms and treating chronic recurrent tonsillitis. Some of them are Dronapushpi ( Leucas cephalotes), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Pippali (Piper Longum), Pushkarmoola (Innularacemosa), Maricha (Piper nigrum), garlic, holy basil, turmeric (Curcuma longa), etc.

1. Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Tulsi is one of the oldest herbs that has been used in ancient civilizations. It has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that it helps to soothe pain and heals inflammation. It is an Ayurveda adaptogen with immune-boosting properties that helps in dealing with recurrent tonsillitis. Owing to its properties, it helps to balance vata and kapha dosha.

2. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties worldwide. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and blood purifier. It has laghu (light) and rooksha (dry) guna and a bitter, pungent taste which makes it a great herb to reduce swelling and work as an antiseptic.

3. Amla (Embilica Officinalis)

 Amla or Indian gooseberry has antioxidants and helps prevent the body from the attack of free radicals. It is a great source of vitamin C and a huge immune booster. It has a combination of five tastes in Ayurveda and helps prevent bacterial and viral infections. It has cool potency and a sweet post-digestive effect which helps in dealing with inflammation in tonsillitis.

4. Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)

It has an astringent, bitter taste and is used to reduce pain and swelling in patients with tonsillitis. It belongs to the family of turmeric and is rich in vitamin C. It also has multiple properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. It is majorly used in throat infections and hence is used to treat tonsillitis.


Planet Ayurveda is a GMP-certified company that makes 100% natural products that are formulated by the best MD Ayurveda doctors. All the formulations are pure and completely free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, colors, or yeast. Planet Ayurveda has a tonsillitis care pack that includes herbal solutions that can help you prevent tonsillectomy. The Tonsillitis care pack by planet ayurveda includes

Product List

1. Septrin Tablets

2. Khadiradi Vati

3. Curcumin Capsules

4. Amalaki Rasayan

5. Irimedadi Oil

Herbal Remedies For Recurrent TonsillitisHerbal Remedies For Recurrent Tonsillitis

Product Description

1. Septrin Tablets

Septrin tablets by planet ayurveda are herbal formulations that are prepared to help the body fight all sorts of infections. These tablets by Planet Ayurveda include Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Haldi (Curcuma longa), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), and many others. This herb helps in soothing the inflammation in the body, balances the Kapha dosha, and supports the body’s immunity.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day.

2. Irimedadi Oil

Irimedadi oil by planet Ayurveda is inspired by the classical Irimedadi thailam mentioned in Ayurveda textbooks. This formulation has been proven to give amazing results in throat and palate issues. It nourishes the skin and deals with wound healing.

Dosage: 1 tbsp of oil is taken for gargling every day.

3. Khadiradi Vati

Khadiradi vati by planet ayurveda is a herbal preparation that includes multiple herbs with the prime ingredient being Khadir (Acacia catechu). Other herbs in this formulation include Bhimseni Kapoor (Cinnamomum camphora), Kankol (Piper cubeba), Supari (Areca nut) & Javitri (Myristica fragrans). Khadir is an excellent herb that helps in balancing vitiated pitta and kapha dosha. This formulation is applicable for people of all ages and has brilliant results in throat and palate disorders.

Dosage:  1 tablet twice a day

4. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin capsules by Planet Ayurveda have 500mg of pure extract of curcuma longa. Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties worldwide. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and blood purifier. It has Laghu (light) and rooksha (dry) guna and a bitter, pungent taste which makes it a great herb to reduce swelling and work as an antiseptic for all kinds of skin inflammation.

Dosage:  1 capsule twice a day

5. Amalaki Rasayan

Amalaki Rasayan by Planet Ayurveda is a capsule formulation that contains 500 mg of pure standardized extract of Amla (Embilica officinalis). Amla or Indian gooseberry is a great source of vitamin C and a huge immune booster. It prevents bacterial and viral infections. It has cool potency and this formulation helps in managing inflammation in the body.

Dosage:  1 capsule twice daily.



Tonsillitis is an issue that affects the day-to-day life of the individual, especially children. This condition hampers the productivity and overall development of the individual and hence it is very important to deal with it. Having said that, tonsillectomy is not the solution because tonsils are important organs of the human body and serve as the first line of defense in case of an infection. To prevent the removal of tonsils in recurrent tonsillitis, it is always better to go for alternative herbal and natural solutions that prevent tonsillectomy by treating the root cause and increasing the immunity of the individual.

Dr. Vikram Chauhan

DR. Vikram Chauhan, MD - AYURVEDA is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. Write at -, Contact at - +91-172-521-4030 Websites -,

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