Your busy lifestyle sometimes make you to be unable to pay sufficient attention to your health, and let your immune system guard getting down and down. That is when infectious diseases like pneumonia and typhoid grab your system. Pneumonia is a common illness that refers to an infection of the lungs. If not detected early enough or properly treated, pneumonia can become a life threatening problems. It occurs in all age groups, and is a leading cause of death among children and elderly people in chronic conditions.
The good news is there are several things that you can do at home that can help bring about relief and further boost your immune system. Working along with conventional medical treatments, pneumonia home remedies can help bring relief from the painful and energy sapping symptoms of this lung infections.
What is Pneumonia Causes ?
Germs and Viruses
Pneumonia is mainly caused by different typpes of germs like pneumococcus, staphylococcus and streptococcus. At some cases, certain viruses are also held responsible for the spread of this disease.
Toxins and fungal infections
The other causes of this lung infections are fungal infections, irritation by worms, inhaling foreign matter and noxious gas or even irritant dust. The real root of pneumonia is a constitution that is weakened by the toxins that are present in the body like in the air passages and the lungs. Meanwhile, the accumulation of the said toxins is mainly due to improper eating habits and also due to a faulty lifestyle.
What are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?
The most common symptoms of pneumonia are:
• Cough with yellowish green mucus
• Shaking chills
• Shortness of breath on exertion.
Various Home Remedies
Garlic : Since pneumonia can be caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, it is good to eat something that has the power to kill all three. Most powerful when it is both crushed and raw, but still pretty potent when it is lightly cooked, garlic can help boost your immune system response and recovery from your symptoms. Put 5 drops of garlic juice in two spoons of hot water and drink. If you cannot handle the taste of garlic, 2 or 3 capsules will also help you out.
Holybasil : Add a pinch f ground black pepper in the freshly prepared juice of holy basil, this is beneficial in relieving symptoms and should be taken every 6 hours. Put some basil leaves, black pepper and strain into water and boil them. Drink this when you are suffering from pneumonia
Honey: Mix honey with some warm water and drink. This will help with easy digestion and also helps you regain the strength.
Ginger : Ginger is a popular home remedy for treating most of the respiratory disorders. Mix 10 ml juice of fresh ginger, or 1 or 2 grams of dried ginger powder with honey and take twice daily.
Decoction to Reduce Phlegm: Boil water with 5 whole black pepper and 5 Californian raisin (Monakka) for some time and filter it. A spoon of this decoction taken thrice a day helps reduce phlegm and gives relief from the excessive wheezing sound present during pneumonia.
Sesame Seeds: Add 15 grams of sesame seeds in 250 ml water. Add a pinch of common salt, a teaspoon of linseed, and a tablespoon of honey in this mixture. This will clear your bronchial tubes.
Asafetida: Mix 28 g (an ounce) of asafetida (hing) in warm water and drink. This will give relief from pneumonia.
Turpentine Oil: Turpentine oil is a good pain reliever. Massage this on the patient’s ribs and wrap a warm cotton cloth.This will greatly help with the pain associated with pneumonia.
Heat Treatment: Applying external heat to the chest makes breathing easier during pneumonia. This can be done either by using a hot water bag or heated salt tied in a cloth.
What to Avoid ?
Certain things that are difficult to digest could make your condition worse when you are afflicted with pneumonia. This is because your digestive system become very delicate to handle them. Therefore, care should be taken in terms of the diet. Avoid the following:
- Avoid strong tea, coffee and other stimulant beverages. This may produce bad effect in pneumonia.
- Meats and alcoholic beverages are not allowed in any condition.
- One should also avoid white sugar, white flour and all products made out of them. These are heavy to digest and may worsen the case of pneumonia
- Smoking works as poison in case of pneumonia. It gives lots of trouble to lungs and puts extra burden to get right oxygen levels.