Symptom family: Laryngeal Disorders

Sub-symptom(s): Acute Laryngitis Chronic Laryngitis

What is Laryngitis?

Laryngitis, a common condition characterized by inflammation of the larynx, leads to symptoms such as hoarseness, a weak or lost voice, throat pain, and sometimes fever and cough. This condition can manifest in acute forms, often triggered by viral infections or overuse of the voice, and chronic forms, which may result from extended exposure to irritants or misuse of the vocal cords. The distinction between acute and chronic laryngitis lies in the duration and underlying causes of the symptoms, with chronic cases presenting a more persistent challenge.

How Does TCM View Laryngitis?

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), laryngitis is viewed as a symptom of imbalance within the body's Qi (vital energy) and Yin (the cooling, nourishing element). TCM identifies specific patterns of disharmony, such as Qi stagnation and Yin Deficiency, that contribute to the condition.

These imbalances can affect the Lung and Kidney Channels, leading to the symptoms associated with laryngitis. TCM emphasizes the importance of diagnosing the underlying pattern of disharmony to effectively treat the condition.

Causes of Laryngitis According to TCM

TCM recognizes that laryngitis can stem from various patterns of disharmony, including Stomach Qi Stagnation, Heart Qi Stagnation, and Pericardium Qi Stagnation, which impede the smooth flow of Qi, exacerbating throat symptoms.

Additionally, Lung Yin Deficiency and Stomach Yin Deficiency indicate a depletion of the body's nourishing elements, leading to Dryness and irritation in the throat. Identifying these patterns is crucial for tailoring the treatment to the individual's specific condition, aiming to restore balance and alleviate symptoms.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Laryngitis

In treating laryngitis, TCM utilizes specific formulas to address the identified patterns of imbalance. Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, enriched with Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia), is employed to clear Qi Stagnation, facilitating the smooth flow of energy throughout the body.

For combating Yin Deficiency, Mai Men Dong Tang, which contains Dwarf Lilyturf Roots (Mai Dong), serves to enrich and moisten the body’s Yin, alleviating the dryness that often accompanies laryngitis. Through these targeted herbal strategies, TCM seeks not only to relieve the immediate symptoms of laryngitis but also to harmonize the body's overall Qi and Yin, promoting lasting health and well-being.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address laryngitis, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that promote qi movement
  • Formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness
  • Formulas that tonify qi

Acupoints for Laryngitis

See more details below about Futu LI-18, an acupoint used to address laryngitis.

  • By Meridian
  • Large Intestine Channel
Futu LI-18

Futu LI-18

On the lateral side of the neck, level with the tip of Adam's apple, between the sternal head and clavicular head of sternocleidomastoid muscle.

TCM Herbs for Laryngitis

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address laryngitis, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat
  • Herbs that cool the blood
  • Warm herbs that transform phlegm and stop cough
  • Aromatic herbs that transform dampness
  • Tonic herbs for yin deficiency
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency

"Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity" recommended for laryngitis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Catclaw Buttercup Roots (Mao Zhao Cao) Not applicable
Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) Not applicable
Natural Indigo (Qing Dai) Not applicable
Blackberry Lily Rhizomes (She Gan) Not applicable