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What is Pneumonia?

Home Remedies for PneumoniaPneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung—especially affecting the microscopic air sacs (alveoli)—associated with fever, chest symptoms, and a lack of air space (consolidation) on a chest X-ray. Pneumonia is typically caused by an infection but there are a number of other causes. Infectious agents include: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Typical symptoms include cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing. Diagnostic tools include x-rays and examination of the sputum. Vaccines to prevent certain types of pneumonia are available. Treatment depends on the underlying cause with presumed bacterial pneumonia being treated with antibiotics.

Pneumonia Causes:

  1. Various types of germs such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, and pneumococcus.
  2. Other causes are fungal infections, irritation by worms, inhaling foreign matter, irritant dust or noxious gases.
  3. The real cause of pneumonia, however, is a constitution weakened by the presence of toxins in the body, especially in the lungs and air passages. The accumulation of toxins is due to wrong feeding habits and a faulty lifestyle.

Pneumonia Symptoms:

  1. Most cases of pneumonia begin with a cold in the head or throat. The patient generally feels a chill, shivering fever, difficulty in breathing, and sharp pain in the chest. This may be followed by a cough with pinkish sputum, which may later become brownish. In young children, the disease may cause delirium and convulsions. The temperature may rise and the pulse may go upto 150 beats per minute. A common complication of pneumonia is pleurisy.

Pneumonia Prevention Tips:

  1. Get vaccinated once a year with pneumococcal vaccine
  2. Eat a healthy diet that contains plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  3. Drink eight glasses of water per day to thin mucus and help to cough it up
  4. Get lots of bed rest until your temperature returns to normal
  5. Wash hands thoroughly before eating and preparing food, after blowing your nose, handling pets, going to the bathroom and being outside
  6. Exercise regularly by going for brisk walks to increase your lung capacity
  7. Stop smoking because tobacco damages the lungs
  8. Keep windows open when using cleaning detergents and wear a mask over your mouth and nose to avoid inhaling the fumes
  9. Practice deep breathing exercises to promote lung functioning
  10. Use a humidifier to increase air moisture and help with easier breathing

Pneumonia Home Remedies:

  1. Fenugreek: During the early acute stage of pneumonia, a tea made from fenugreek seeds will help the body to produce perspiration, dispel toxicity, and shorten the period of fever. Upto four cups of the tea can be taken daily. The quantity can be reduced as the condition improves. To improve the flavour of the tea, a few drops of lemon juice may be added. During this treatment, no other food or nourishment should be taken, as fasting and fenugreek will allow the body to correct these respiratory problems in a few days.
  2. Garlic: Garlic is a marvellous remedy for pneumonia, if given in sufficient quantities. It brings down the temperature, as well as the pulse and respiration within forty-eight hours. A paste of garlic can also be applied externally on the chest with beneficial results as it is an irritant and rubefacient
  3. Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are valuable in pneumonia. An infusion of the seeds can be made by steeping 15 gm of seeds in 250 ml of water. This infusion, mixed with a tablespoon of linseed, a pinch of common salt, and a dessertspoon of honey, should be given in the treatment of this disease. This will help remove catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes.
  4. Vegetable Juices: The juice of carrots, in combination either with spinach juice, or beet and cucumber juices, has also been found useful in pneumonia. In these combinations, 200 ml of spinach juice or 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juices should be mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice to prepare 500 ml or half a litre of combined juice.
  5. Turpentine Oil: The pain of pneumonia can be relieved by rubbing oil of turpentine over the rib cage and wrapping warmed cotton wool over it.
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