By Dr. Vikas Sharma MD
Vocal cord nodules refer to painless, hard, callus growths that form on the vocal cords. These nodules are benign (i.e., non-cancerous). Vocal cord nodules usually appear in pairs, typically in the midline with one node forming on each of the vocal cords. Homeopathic medicines for vocal cord nodules provide symptomatic relief and help reduce the size of the nodules with time. Cuasticum, Phosphorous, and Belladonna are the top homeopathic remedies used to treat vocal cord nodules.
Vocal cords are a pair of band-like elastic muscle tissues. They lie within the larynx, i.e., the voice box at the top of the trachea. They function to regulate airflow into the lungs, protect the airway from choking and for voice production. They open (abduct) during air inhalation and close (adduct) during swallowing and voice production. In the initial stages, there appears redness and swelling of the vocal cords. With time the swelling turns into a hard lump or node over the vocal cords. They are also known as singers’ nodules. Formation of nodules on the vocal cords interferes with voice production and leads to variable changes in voice.
Homeopathic Treatment of Vocal Cord Nodules
The Homeopathic system of medicine carries a good scope to treat vocal cord nodules. They can help provide symptomatic relief, and also help reduce the size of these nodules gradually. Homeopathic medicines also aim to treat the underlying conditions like GERD, thyroid issues, chronic cough whenever present in a case of vocal cord nodules. The homeopathic medicines for treating vocal cord nodules are selected by symptom presentation. Numerous homeopathic medicines can be symptomatically used to treat cases of vocal cord nodules. The top grade medicines for vocal cord nodules include Causticum, Phosphorus, Belladonna, Argentum Met, Argentum Nitricum, and Arum Triphyllum. These homeopathic medicines help provide symptomatic relief from symptoms hoarseness of voice, rough voice, pain /discomfort in the throat, a lump-like sensation in the throat, and neck pain. The remedies are selected for every individual case of vocal cord nodules after a complete evaluation. These homeopathic are prepared from naturally occurring substances and hence can be used without any side effects.
Homeopathic Medicines for Vocal Cord Nodules
Causticum – For Hoarse Voice in Cases of Vocal Cord Nodules
Causticum is a natural homeopathic medicine for hoarse voice in cases of vocal cord nodules. Hoarseness is worse in the morning and evening time. A raw sensation in the larynx may be felt. There may also be a scraping sensation in the throat. A dry, tickling cough is another attending feature. This remedy is also indicated in cases where the person is unable to speak loudly.
Phosphorus – For Hoarse and Rough Voice Due to Vocal Cord Nodules
Phosphorus is a natural homeopathic medicine for cases of vocal cord nodules presenting with a hoarse or rough voice. Soreness, roughness, and dryness in larynx may also be present.
Belladonna – For Pain in the Throat in Cases of Vocal Cord Nodules
Belladonna offers a natural treatment for vocal cord nodules and is prepared from the plant called Deadly Nightshade. It belongs to the natural order Solanaceae. Belladonna helps treat discomfort and pain in the throat in cases of vocal cord nodules. The voice becomes hoarse, feeble and weak. A dry cough tends to appear with changes in the voice.
Argentum Met – For Vocal Cord Nodules Due to Overuse of Voice
Argentum Met is a natural homeopathic remedy for vocal cord nodules in people who overuse their voice, such as singers and public speakers. The voice quality gets changed, and there may be hoarseness of voice. In rare cases, there may be a loss of voice. There may be a tendency of hawking while speaking.
Argentum Nitricum – For Hoarseness of Voice with Clogged Feeling in Vocal Cords
Use of homeopathic medicine Argentum Nitricum is considered in cases where there is a peculiar symptom of hoarseness of voice with a feeling of having something clogged in the vocal cords. Sometimes there may be a loss of voice along with a tickling sensation and itching in the larynx.
Arum Triphyllum – For Hawking in Throat Due to Vocal Cord Nodules
Arum Triphyllum is a natural homeopathic medicine to treat vocal cord nodules where there is throat clearing (hawking) in cases of vocal cord nodules. The throat clearing is almost constant, and there is a constricted feeling in the throat. Sometimes a burning sensation in the throat along with hoarseness of voice may be present.
Cause of Vocal Cord Nodules
The main cause of nodules on the vocal cords is overuse of voice (as in the case of singers and teachers.) Apart from that, aggressive use of the voice, excessive yelling, screaming and talking too loudly also predispose a person to develop vocal cord nodules. In some cases, excessive throat clearing or a chronic cough may also lead to the formation of nodules on the vocal cords. Some other predisposing factors for the formation of vocal cord nodules are GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease ), thyroid problems, intake of alcohol in excess and smoking.
Symptoms of Vocal Cord Nodules
The major symptom of vocal cord nodules includes changes in the voice. The changes in voice that are common are hoarseness of voice, husky voice, rough voice or breathy voice. Difficulty in voice initiation, reduced ability to change the pitch of the voice and voice breaks are also seen along with voice changes. Other symptoms include pain or discomfort in the throat, a sensation of a lump in the throat, neck pain, throat clearing and, coughing. Vocal fatigue is also noted along with the above symptoms in most of the cases. The intensity of the symptoms is seen to increase as the size of the nodules on the vocal cord increases with time.