Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Although a number of alternative treatments are commonly used to treat sore throat, evidence is limited about what works and what doesn't. Check with your doctor before using any herbal remedies, as they can interact with prescription medications and may not be safe for children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions.

Herbal or alternative products for sore throat are often packaged as teas, sprays or lozenges. Common alternative remedies include:

  • Slippery elm
  • Sage
  • Licorice root
  • Marshmallow root
  • Honeysuckle flower and other Chinese medicine herbs
May 07, 2013