Chinese herbal medicine
BMJ Group Medical Reference
In Chinese herbal medicine, plants are combined to make special teas or mixtures that may be used for a sore throat. One summary of the research (a systematic review) looked at 12 different studies of these combinations. Some treatments seemed to help, but because the studies were small or had problems with their design, we can't really say if these treatments are useful for a sore throat or not.
It's important to bear in mind that herbal medicines can have side effects or react with drugs you might be taking.
Also, some traditional Chinese medicines that have been on the UK market have been found to contain dangerous or illegal ingredients.
It's important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you wish to try a herbal remedy, especially if you are taking other medicine.
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