Monday, February 19, 2018

Home Remedies for Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an inflammatory disorder of the lungs caused by an infection of the airways. It is a serious condition, and home remedies cannot be used to treat it. However, they can help ease the symptoms.

Pneumonia infections can be critical and may even be life-threatening in some cases. It is essential to visit a doctor for a diagnosis, as well as to monitor symptoms and avoid any complications.

Using a blend of medical treatments and home remedies may help many people manage their symptoms more easily. Every pneumonia treatment plan will involve some antiviral, antibiotic, or antifungal medication to treat the infection.

Here are some home treatments that may help clear up the annoying symptoms of pneumonia:

peppermint and eucalyptus tea have a soothing effect on the upper respiratory tract according to a study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Fenugreek tea appears to break down mucus based on a review in the Journal of Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences.

Saltwater gargle may help eliminate mucus or germs in the throat and the caffeine in a cup of coffee or green tea may open the airways.

Chest pain:
ginger or turmeric tea may reduce chest pain. The roots of both plants have a natural anti-inflammatory effect in the body.

again, from the earlier study, fenugreek tea encourages a person to sweat and reduce their temperature. Hydration is also vital.

often a secondary symptom caused by a fever. When the fever breaks, the chills will typically subside. However, drinking warm liquids or a bowl of soup may help warm the body.

My Take:
This is a good summary to keep around the house for supporting any upper respiratory infection. I left out the section on OTC pain relievers as I am not a fan. Either ginger or turmeric will be as effective as those drugs. The article also listed garlic, raw honey, cayenne pepper, tea tree oil and Echinacea as products that help fight off bacteria, viruses, or fungi.

I would substitute colloidal silver for the saltwater gargle. After use, swallow the silver as it will have an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effect throughout the digestive tract as well. You can also use it in a Netti Pot, but dilute the colloidal silver 1:10 with distilled water. It still burns like hell, but it will clear the nasal passages and sinuses of excess mucus.

Finally, I recommend Andrographis Complex in place of Echinacea. The complex contains Andrographis, Echinacea, and Holy Basil. This combination of herbs is much more effective than Echinacea alone, which should be used primarily as a preventative during cold and flu season.

The Bottom Line:
Please seek medical advice if you think you may be suffering from pneumonia. However, continue to be you own health advocate and try some of these home remedies.

Source: Medical News Today, February 11, 2018

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