A while ago, I wrote an article about an incredibly easy and extremely effective technique to stop the pain of even very sore throats instantly. It's so simple even children can use it, and it's even a little fun, because you get to make a very silly face. Here's the technique:
From Associated Content:
'Stick out your tongue as far as possible, trying to touch the tip of it to your chin. This is an extreme stretch; when you feel you have reached full stretch capacity, stretch it further, and then even further. You should give this all you've got. You should stretch your tongue toward your chin until you nearly gag. That's it! Usually, sore throat pain will be minimized (if not removed!) immediately. Repeat this technique every half hour until signifigant improvement is gained. I have used and shared this technique for over 10 years with family, friends, and clients, with nearly 100% of people reporting moderate to complete pain relief.'
*It should be noted that since writing the article, I have found that the technique doesn't seem to be effective for the pain of strep throat. I'm not sure why this would be, but it may have something to do with just the severity, or the origin (superficiality vs. depth) of the offense. It may be prudent to use the technique anyway, even if pain relief is not achieved, because of the engagment of energy, blood, and fluids to the area.
And here's the link to the entire article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/109210/ease_your_sore_throat_pain_instantly.html