A sore throat is a raw sensation in the back of the throat that makes swallowing painful. It can be a symptom of pharyngitis (inflammation of the throat) or streptococcal infection (strep throat); often it's the initial symptom of a cold, the flu, laryngitis (inflammation of the voice box), or another condition. A sore throat can also result from overuse (such as too much screaming) or abuse (smoking), and can, in some instances, result from problems in the sinuses, lungs, or a different part of the digestive tract.
Many alternative therapies can provide ways to soothe and heal a sore throat -- ways that don't disrupt the body's harmony in the process. Remember, though, if your sore throat is severe or persistent, be sure to have it checked out; strep throat should not be ignored or treated casually, as it can lead to kidney problems or rheumatic fever.