Dispelling Pneumonia: 11 Home-Made Cures

Dispelling Pneumonia: 11 Home-Made Cures

Whether caused by a bacterial infection or a virus passed around at the workplace, pneumonia is an extremely uncomfortable condition that can end up causing severe lasting damage to the lungs.  Sometimes it may even result in death, especially for small children and the elderly.  This inflammatory lung condition is usually treated with relative ease by doctors, but there are also many home remedies for pneumonia – many of which are entirely natural.

  1. Carrot Juice.  Consuming a glass of carrot juice every day with 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper mixed in will provide a surprisingly significant benefit to lung health and will repair any tissue that has been damaged.  Carrot juice contains an impressive list of healthy substances: antioxidants, phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium potassium, vitamin A and vitamin B.
  2. Holy Basil Tea.  It is important that the tea is made of holy basil, and not regular basil.  Again, mix some pepper with tea made from the leaves of this herb and the symptoms of pneumonia will begin to subside.
  3. Ginger Tea.  Similarly, ginger can provide some relief when made into a tea or actually consumed in any manner.
  4. Root of the Pleurisy Plant.  This home remedy for pneumonia greatly alleviates inflamed lungs and causes the body to produce more lung fluids, which act as a natural cure to pneumonia.  This plant is named after the first illness that it was used to cure.  It also used to fight off other lung-related conditions such as bronchitis and a general cough.
  5. Consume Potassium-Rich Foods.  Many doctors recommend making a broth out of a variety of foods that are high in potassium, as this will both sooth the discomfort and concentrate the potassium for a more effective dosage.  Carrots, garlic, radishes, celery, and some parsley are ideal.  This will help with any tissue that has been damaged in the lungs.  Be careful of potassium toxicity if you have poor heart health, however.
  6. Hydrate and Cleanse.  It may seem like an obvious recommendation, but drinking enough water is extremely important.  If you are drinking a lot of broth you may not need quite as much water, but three or four glasses a day will definitely help.
  7. Drink Orange Juice.  Any significant source of Vitamin C will aid in keeping pneumonia at bay.
  8. Slay Bad Bacteria Using Garlic.  Doctors may give out antibiotics to fight this condition, but simply eating garlic can act as a perfectly suitable home remedy for pneumonia.  Garlic will only target harmful bacteria, leaving the beneficial bacteria to flourish and actually aid in recovery.
  9. Herb Strengthener.  The herb turmeric is known to act as a sort of enhancer for other things on this list, such as ginger.  Aside from fighting of pneumonia by itself, it will also amplify the effects of the ginger.  As it provides the same benefit regardless of whether or not it is cooked, this could act as another great broth ingredient.
  10. Avoid Meats.  Studies have shown that animal protein in large quantities disrupt the digestive system and hold up the absorption of nutrients.  Without nutrients, the body cannot fend off pneumonia.  Protein substitutes can be found in many vegetables such as spinach, eggplant, potatoes, and beets, as well as peanut butter and pumpkin seeds.
  11. Baikal Skullcap.  This is not a hat – baikal skullcap is a Chinese herb that acts as a natural antibiotic.

Remember that pneumonia can become a life-threatening condition.  Even if you plan to use natural medicine, it is important to consult a physician – especially if it begins to worsen.

What is the Source of Pneumonia?

This condition can be caused by a number of sources.  They can be bacterial, infectious, allergic, or the result of exposure to chemicals.  Infections from harmful bacteria are the most common sources of pneumonia.  This is the reason that antibacterial herbs are sometimes the most effective.

The three most common strains of bacteria that bring on pneumonia are: Mycoplasma pneumonia, commonly referred to as “walking pneumonia”; Chlamydia pneumoniae (which has nothing to do with the sexually transmitted disease); and Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is highly contagious and flourishes in the respiratory system.

Pneumonia can also be caused by being subject to heavy amounts of smoke or other airborne chemicals.  This includes both cigarette smoke and smoke from fires.  This condition is called chemical pneumonia, and is the result of inflamed lungs from heat and chemical irritation.

Fungus-based diseases, such as those resulting from rampant mold in the home, are dangerous causes of pneumonia.  Some allergic reactions may also stem from fungal growth or may be entirely independent of it, resulting in extrinsic allergic alveolitis (sometimes called simply allergic pneumonia).

With all of these possible sources of this condition, it may seem much more intimidating than it actually is.  People in good health with strong bodies and well-fortified immune systems are generally at a low risk for pneumonia.  Additionally, many myths cause people to be unnecessarily careful of certain circumstances; for example, pneumonia cannot be developed simply by being wet in the cold.  Bacteria and fungi do however flourish in warm, wet environments, so if one were to come in contact with them whilst out in the rain on a cold day, pneumonia could indeed become a concern.

How to Tell if Someone has Pneumonia

Thankfully, the symptoms for pneumonia are quite clear, although they are often mistaken for symptoms of the flu.  This is exactly why it is important to seek medical attention if you begin to experience flu-like symptoms, because if left unchecked for favor of over-the-counter medicine, pneumonia could become extremely problematic.  Unfortunately, small children and the elderly may not be able to detect symptoms of this condition until it is already well advanced.

Notable symptoms that will differentiate pneumonia from the flu are:

Dry coughing, followed by overabundance of thick phlegm.  The phlegm may appear yellow or show spotting of blood.

  • Difficulty breathing and the sensation of constantly being out of breath.
  • The onset of a high fever without much warning, along with chills, possible cold sweats, and shaking.
  • Severe pain in the abdomen and vomiting.

Obviously the symptom of having trouble with breathing is the most clear-cut indicator, but many do not experience it.  It is easily differentiated from other sensations by the fact that victims will physically gasp for air at times.  One can discern which type of pneumonia is developing by the speed at which symptoms appear; if many or all of them show up in close proximity, it is likely to be bacterial.  Slowly developing symptoms that lack in severity are a sign of a virus.

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