Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the causes for sore throat?

A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. In general, this is an inflammation in the inner area of your neck.


  • Aching in the throat

  • Feeling like something is stuck in your throat

  • Irritation in the throat

  • Scratchy throat

  • Difficulty swallowing

Cause #1: Viral/bacterial infection

When harmful bacteria or viruses infect your body, the infection can inflame your throat and cause it to feel sore. If your immune system is strong, this should go away fast. There are several remedies that will strengthen your immune system against a sore throat.


  • Take vitamin D (at least 10,000 IU / day)

  • Take natural vitamin C complex (not ascorbic acid)

  • Take apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

  • Do periodic prolonged fasting (at least 18 hours)

  • Do this acupressure technique on your neck (Watch this video.)

    • place a finger on the general area of your throat that feels sore

    • draw an imaginary line from that point through to the back of your neck—directly opposing the area of soreness

  • apply pressure to the back of the neck and hold for two minutes; it’s normal to feel some tenderness if you’ve pinpointed the right area

  • the best way to tell that you have the right point to press on is this: it will be the most sore point at the back of your neck

Cause #2: Low stomach acid

If you are not ill with infection but you still have throat irritation or soreness, this could be due to a low stomach acid level. When your stomach acidity is low, this can cause the protective valve on top of your stomach to open. As a result the stomach acid may come up to your inner neck, causing irritation. The solution would be to increase stomach acidity.


Consume apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water) Consume betaine hydrochloride
Avoid alkaline foods

Last updated: Jun 20, 2023 14:27 PM