Fix Paralyzed Vocal Cords: Green Tea vs Medical Treatment

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Vocal cords are also known as vocal folds or vocal reeds. They are comprised of two symmetrical infoldings made up of mucus membranes. These infoldings stretch horizontally, anterior to posterior, across your larynx. When you speak or sing, vocal cords vibrate to modulate the air that you push out of your lungs. The vagus nerve controls the folds. Because blood doesn't flow liberally in this area, vocal cords are white. Vocal cord paralysis, or paresis, exists when the vocal cords are unable to move. This condition could devastate someone's life, limiting his or her lifestyle, confidence, employment choices, leisure activities, and daily normalcy. Fixing this condition is possible by means of natural (traditional), or conventional (medical) remedies. The natural solution would be to drink green tea. The medical treatment could be anything from surgery and therapy to medications. Arm yourself with knowledge, so you can wisely choose which method of treatment you'd like to employ when dealing with vocal cord paralysis. Just make sure you're comfortable with your choice and that your health provider is aware of it, especially if you choose the traditional route.


Facts About Vocal Cord Paralysis

When you have vocal cord paralysis, you experience a decrease in the volume of your speech, vocal fatigue, hoarseness, choking, and pain in your throat when you speak. Since the vocal cords protect the airway, they shield the trachea from saliva, drinks, and food. This will cause choking, and could result in aspiration and even death. If your vocal cords are immobile, it will adversely affect your ability to sneeze and swallow, and even coughing won't remove laryngeal waste. The waste then serves as ideal media for viral and bacterial growth. These infections that will ensue, aggravate the discomfort you're already experiencing.

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Signs and symptoms of vocal paresis or paralysis are the following:

  • dilated pupils
  • difficulty breathing
  • drowsiness
  • loud whispering
  • huskiness
  • hoarseness
  • noisy breathing
  • change in pitch
  • frequent catching of breath
  • lost gag reflex
  • inadequate clearing of the voice
  • altered voice volume

Your chances of developing vocal paralysis are raised by the following factors:

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    Some surgery types (throat surgery, chest surgery, cardiac surgery)
    Breathing tubes are placed down the throat, and it may damage your vocal cord nerves.
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    Neurological conditions (myasthenia gravis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis)
    These conditions bring about vocal cord weakness, increasing the possibility of developing vocal cord paralysis.
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    Neck and chest injury
    These injuries may damage the nerves that control the larynx or the vocal cords.
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    When the part of the brain that controls the voice box becomes damaged by a stroke, vocal paresis happens.
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    Scarring and inflammation of the vocal cord joints
    This prevents the normal function of the larynx. Inflammation usually results in some of the signs and symptoms of vocal cord paresis. Inflammation may also be brought about by certain viral and bacterial infections.
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Initially, the patient will probably see a GP (general practitioner, primary care physician) who will ask about symptoms and check him or her out for some signs, such as listening to his or her voice and asking how long there have been problems.

How Green Tea Can Help Treat Vocal Cord Paralysis

The deterioration of your vocal cord cells results in various conditions, including vocal cord paralysis. For decades, people have been getting sick because of exposure to free radicals that destroy the cells. Cell destruction makes your body weak in defending itself and makes it vulnerable to various illnesses, including vocal cord paresis. Once you have this condition, you have to find an effective way of treating it. One way of the natural ways to treat vocal cord paralysis is drinking green tea.

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Green tea is a natural drink, rich in catechins. Catechins are natural antioxidants that fight off and protect your vocal cords from cell damage. The method of processing green tea undergoes helps bring out the catechins your body needs. Green tea is obtained from camellia sinensis. As soon as the leaves are harvested, they are heated immediately. They are either fired in a pan or steamed, and then dried. The quick drying prevents the green leaves from turning brown due to over-oxidation. This process yields the most polyphenols and antioxidants from the young leaves, and ensures the green tea always tastes fresh.

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This tea is a potent traditional remedy for wounds, digestion, bleeding, mental health, body temperature, and heart health. It can contribute to many kinds of health improvements. The anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties in green tea's polyphenols are very useful in improving one's general health. Drinking green tea every day for your paralyzed vocal cords will help the healing process and recovery. Let your doctor know when you add green tea to your health regime.

How Medical Treatment Can Fix Vocal Cord Paralysis

Aside from drinking green tea, you might decide surgery is the best option for you. The following are some of the common techniques you doctor might suggest for you:

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    Bulk Injection
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    In this procedure, an otolaryngologist targets the weak vocal cord muscles. The medical professional may inject collagen or fat into the vocal cords. The bulk injection repositions the vocal cords nearer to the voice box or larynx. This enables the patient to speak properly, cough, and swallow.
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    In a tracheotomy, the surgeon incises the front of the patient's neck so that an opening can be cut into the windpipe or the trachea. A tube for breathing is then inserted in the incision so that the patient can breathe, as it bypasses the paralyzed vocal cords.
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    This is a procedure for repositioning the vocal cords. It involves the reshaping or the repositioning of the vocal cords, in an attempt to improve the voice.
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    Voice therapy can also help the vocal cord muscles
    It is equal to physical therapy. The patient is given specific exercises to strengthen their vocal cords, which will improve control and breathing while speaking. It also prevents tension in muscles near the affected area to keep solids and liquids from entering the airways.
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  • Comparison of Green Tea Treatment to Medical Treatment

    Drinking green tea to treat vocal paralysis is a much slower, but gentler treatment. You have to be patient waiting for results. There are, however, very few and mild side effects associated with Green Tea. On the other hand, medical intervention is more radical and the results come much quicker for vocal cord paralysis. On the down side, there are more risks involved with surgery and conventional medicine. You could also combine these two treatments, so that you could get the best of both worlds. You can drink green tea after surgery so that you can heal faster, or perhaps try the tea, in combination with the voice therapy.

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    • Always consult your doctor regarding your treatments.
    • Do not eat sweets, as these encourage bacterial and viral growth.
    • Eat more fruits and vegetables to help you gain more antioxidants to improve your condition.

    Questions and Answers

    Can a paralysis patient take green tea?

    Yes, people suffering from hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HyperKPP) are advised to drink green tea. In addition, they must stick to a diet that is relatively high in protein and carbohydrates but low in potassium.

    It is important to keep paralytic patients well hydrated by increasing fluid intake that includes water, green tea, and milk. Coffee can be taken in moderate servings of up to 2 cups a day.

    Green tea is recommended for patients suffering from paralysis and for a wide range of ailments. It is rich in polyphenols and known for its anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, which also enhance mental or cognitive development. Green Tea has a much lower percentage of caffeine compared to coffee, another thing that makes it one of the most popular health drinks in the world today.

    Left side paralysis of vocal cords were not helped by injection. I would like to do a natural remedy.

    Can you suggest alternative medicines for vocal cord paralysis? Thanks

    A great natural remedy is 30C dosage 3 times a day of Phosphorus tablets. Phosphorus can be obtained at most health food stores as well as online. Within a month you should notice improvements. Also gargle and use the green tea method as well.

    I do have vocal fold paralysis. Would voice therapy help my problem or would surgery be best?

    I've been in thyroidectomy since last Nov. 2015. 1st day - my voice was OK, then after vomiting a lot, the next day my voice became husky. I have tried: Getting voice therapy is my hope. I think it was caused by: My operation and vomiting.

    Over time, your vocal paralysis will heal itself. After surgery our throat and chords are inflamed. Within a few weeks, you should be back to normal. Wait 6 weeks post surgery before attempting vocal therapy.

    "Left Vocal cord paralysis" after intestinal (abdominal) surgery.

    Three weeks ago, I underwent intestinal surgery. Soon after surgery, my voice got hoarse. My ENT specialist did a laryngoscopy, and told me that I have left vocal cord paralysis. He suggested an HRCT of chest, which was clear. I am still in a fix. What should I do? Kindly help me. I have tried: Nothing. The doctor said to wait. I think it was caused by: I think incubation is main source of problem

    Try a hot and cold method. Drink the hot green tea for five minutes and then gargle or drink ice cold water for 5 minutes. Alternate back and forth for 30 minutes. Also check out taking Phosphorus 30C tablets, 3 times a day.

    See more questions like this: What can I try to free my left vocal cord from full paralysis or the right partial paralysis?

    My question is; why did the paralysis occur?

    What are the precautions for paralysis? How can I treat it with green tea?

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    Voice lost after surgery - a brain hemorrhage - need a remedy that can be used to correct this. Alternate therapy most welcome?

    My father underwent a surgery for brain hemorrhage and on waking up found his voice not functioning. We have to move very close to him to hear him whispering. Are there any exercises or therapies that would help regain at least some of his voice? I do see on your website that you mention tubes inserted during a surgery could hurt the vocal chords. How does one correct this?

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    My voice is weak, has been for a long time now. Some days it's almost impossible to speak, it just requires way too much effort to produce a sound, and that voice is slow, shallow and interrupted. Please, any advice is highly appreciated?

    Voice weakness, voice strain, breathy voice, difficulty speaking and swallowing

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    I was diagnosed as having vocal cord paralysis right hand after a car accident. My chest was hit hard against the steering before hitting the front screen?

    How could I make my right hand cord workable again. Speech therapy did not work. Nor did green tea. I am 56 years old and it has been 4 years since the accident. I have tried: Speech therapy as recommended by the ear, nose and throat specialist. I think it was caused by: Strained or injured nerve or muscle may be the cause

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    My dad has lost his voice due to paralysis attack 2 years ago, and still, he is not able to speak?

    Hello, my dad got a paralysis attack in 2015 and in that paralysis attack his right side is parallelized and he lost his voice also, we treated him and tried our best and after all this, he can walk with the help of a stick, but can't move his hand and can't speak. Can you help in this, to get his voice back.

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    Continual hoarseness despite ENT treatment for Vagus nerve & airway reflux including paresis of left vocal cord & cyst on left side?

    I am currently being treated by Jamie Koufman for airway reflux along with Vagus nerve involvement, but I still have hoarseness and am unable to sing although I have always been a soprano with my church choir and a cantor at my church. My frustration at being unable to sing has been indescribable to say the least.. My question is: Since I know I have a cyst and also paresis of a vocal cord, shouldn't they also be addressed in my treatment and how should they be treated? Should I be addressing this with my doctor or addressing this myself somehow?. Thank you. Multiple organs involved in throat hoarseness treatment. I have tried: Gaviscon advance, Neurontin, Amitrptyine, Gargling, Turmeric, Honey, Hot tea. I think it was caused by: An infection after bronchitis began throat clearing which has plagued me for over 10 years

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    I have a frozen vocal cord, looking for a way to make it better until I get back from vacation?

    I have a swollen lymph node that is sitting on a nerve and freezing my vocal cork

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    Due to a right cord paralysis which occurred during surgery to fix a c-3;c-4 fracture, my husband can't swallow, so how does he consume the green tea?

    How is the green tea introduced, to someone who can't swallow?

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    Is there a natural way to restore my vocal cord and swallowing affected by a TIA,?

    Three months ago I had a minor stroke which had a slight effect on my right side.The sphincter muscle,right arm,right side of the tongue,vocal cord and swallowing were slightly affected.. Used to sing solo and duet but now can only whisper and eating is a very slow tedious process as one has to be very careful. My ENT specialist suggests injecting the affected vocal cord to bring it back to closure.

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    Sir my name is Surekha Annam Raju I went through sinus surgery and I took medicine for nearly three months.After this my voice is not clear till now. I think my vocal cord may damaged.please give suggestion that which doctor I need to go?

    What is the problem with my voice ? will I get my voice back? I am a lecturer in mathematics . Badly I need voice to teach.Please help me sir? I took speech therapy also. Now I am not getting the sound B.My voice is low and voice is nasal voice. I have tried: I went three ENT doctors for this problem so far out of three one doctor is Senior he good medicine for cure of my problem.That time my voice is good.After taking medicine the voice changed. I think it was caused by: May be the medication which I took till now. the antibiotics

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