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Sore Throat Relief

The treatment suggested below is not meant to replace prescribed medication and your medical practitioner should be consulted before taking alternative treatments.

Minor infections can irritate the back of the throat causing a reflex cough as a means of removing the resulting mucus. There can be very little control of this reflex action resulting in disturbed sleep with a resulting lowering of the immune system. Some linctus and remedies are available though experience has shown that the following technique can give a longer acting release and relief during sleep.

The remedy consists of breaking plain chocolate, such as Green and Blacks 70% cocoa solids, (www.greenandblacks.com) into small pieces of about 10mm by 10mm and allowing one of these to melt on the tongue. A gentle swallow will then coat the back of the throat with a layer of chocolate. This has two benefits, it reduces the external irritation of the mucus, and the cocoa, being a mild opiate will further suppress the irritation.

At night keep several of the pieces of chocolate by the bedside and take one as necessary. The best way to absorb the chocolate is to lie with the head to one side and the chocolate retained in the upper cheek thus allowing for a gentle diffusion down to the throat.

Experience has shown that the sleep patterns may be less disturbed giving benefit not only to the patient but also to any sleeping partners sharing the bedroom.

Warning. Do not apply this technique to small infants nor to anyone taking sleep inducing medication, there is sugar in chocolate and this can cause tooth decay.

Copyright reserved. Roy Wilson - Time to Treat.

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