Warning: The following home remedies for Pneumonia are no substitute to main course of treatment of pneumonia. Pneumonia is a serious condition and must be treated by a qualified doctor.
Pneumonia is an infection (bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitical) that results in an inflammation of the lungs. Bacterial infection is the most common kind of pneumonia; however other forms are also common.
The common germs that cause pneumonia include Streptococcus pneumonia, (pneumococcus), Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila and Pneumocystis jiroveci. Prognosis and treatment depends on the kind and severity of infection.
.Symptoms of pneumonia include cough, mild to high fever, extreme chills, shortness of breath, excess sweating, sticky skin, stabbing chest pain, headache, loss of hunger, low energy and delirium in case of prolonged infection.
Whether a pneumonia patient is to be treated at home or at hospital is the prerogative of doctors. Treatment in hospital involves injecting antibiotics for the diagnosed cause and giving breathing therapies if required.
The treatment can be augmented by applying no side effect, natural remedies for Pneumonia.
Natural agents to fight Pneumonia
Fenugreek: Fenugreek is an excellent mucolytic that helps relieve mucous congestion making it an effective home remedy for pneumonia. It also induces copious perspiration which helps dispel toxicity from the body. Tea prepared by boiling a tea spoon of fenugreek seeds in 500 ml of water s beneficial for treatment of pneumonia. A few drop of lemon can be added to the tea to make it more palatable. Fenugreek is used in several traditional medicine systems of India and China for treating various fevers and is recommended home cure for pneumonia.
Garlic: Garlic has amazing ant infection properties that make it one of the best home cures for pneumonia. Eating garlic is effective in treatment of bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitical pneumonia. Garlic is an excellent rubefacient and anti irritant. Garlic paste applied on chest aids in quick recovery from pneumonia. Ayurveda recommends garlic to fight pneumonia.
Sesame Seeds: An infusion of sesame seeds prepared by soaking 20gm of sesame seeds in approx 300ml of water when mixed with half teaspoon common salt, half teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon of linseed helps remove phlegm and catarrh from the lungs, providing breathing relief to pneumonia patient.
Parsnip Juice (Botanical name: Pastinaca sativa): Parsnip, a root vegetable is rich in chlorine and phosphorus which help in healing of bronchial disorders. Juice extract of cultivated parsnip is an
excellent home cure for Pneumonia. Taking 300 ml of parsnip juice a day, is an effective natural cure of pneumonia. Wildly grown parsnip should not be used as it contains some toxic ingredients which might aggravate pneumonia.
Turpentine Oil: Massaging chest and ribcage with turpentine oil and keeping chest covered with blanket thereafter for a few hours provides relief from chest pain and discomfort. Turpentine Oil is recommended home remedy for pneumonia.
Carrot juice: Carrot juice (400 ml) mixed with beet juice (150 ml) or spinach juice (250ml) or cucumber juices(100 ml) is effective in cleansing body of toxicity associated with pneumonia. Carrot juice can also be taken without mixing with any other juice and is a valuable natural defense against pneumonia.
Turmeric: Turmeric powder is a natural mucolytic which helps to expel mucous phlegm and catarrh from bronchial duct. Eating one tea spoon of turmeric powder is very effective cure for pneumonia which is accompanied by dry coughing.
Ginger: A decoction made by boiling ginger in water and adding black pepper is effective in clearing congested lungs. Ginger helps remove toxicity and provides relief from spasmodic breathing in Pneumonia, making it useful in curing pneumonia at home.
Holy basil leaves: Paste made by stoning fresh Holy Basil leaves and adding some black pepper to it is effective in cleansing the body of toxins that spread infection in lungs. 1 teaspoon of this extract must be taken thrice a day. This preparation is known to alleviate pneumonia and is an effective natural home cure for pneumonia.
Elderflower tea: Elderflower tea increases body temperature and induces intense perspiration. Consuming elderflower tea at the appearance of first signs of acute pneumonia is effective in reducing the power of the attack. Elderflower tea can be prepared by mixing one teaspoon of elder flower and half teaspoon of linden flower in a cup of boiling water. The tea should be allowed to boil for 10 minutes before it os filtered and served to pneumonia patient. The prescribed dose is 200 ml in each serving, taken thrice a day. Taking this tea immediately after a hot water shower induces greater perspiration is a very effective home cure for pneumonia.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice made in plain lukewarm water and seasoned with pinch of rock salt can be used to provide short-term relief from congestion and spasmodic coughing in pneumonia.
Pumpkin leaf: (Botanical name: Cucurbita maxima) Leaf stalk of Pumpkin (Squash) fried in olive oil is an effective home cure for pneumonia. The paste when massaged over the rib cages provides relief from pain associated with pneumonia.
Baking soda: Quarter teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 300ml of warm water, taken orally; twice a day helps in cleansing the body of toxic elements and is effective home remedy for treatment of Pneumonia.
Other home remedies found effective in fighting pneumonia include pine, cinnamon, cloves oil, peppermint, lavender & rosemary
Essential Inhalation oils
Essential oils are very effective in arresting damages from pneumonia. However most of the oils are too strong for direct consumption. Inhaling vapors of these essential oils (rather than direct consumption) is the next best therapeutic home cure for pneumonia. If the patient is not in a position to inhale, simply spraying essential oil in the patient room is potent enough to kill germs and provide relief for pneumonia patient.
Two of the most effective essential oils for treatment of pneumonia are:
Tea tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a powerful antimicrobial remedy which kills bacteria, viruses and fungi as well. Thus tea tree oil can be inhaled for treatment of all kinds of pneumonia even before the actual type of infection has been identified. Tea tree oil is one of the most effective home cure for pneumonia using essential oils.
Eucalyptus oil: In terms of effectiveness, Eucalyptus oil comes second close to tea tree oil in treatment of pneumonia. Eucalyptus oil is a potent antibiotic and decongestant that can be inhaled or sprayed in the patient’s room to soothe the patient from breathing troubles and prevent the microbes from spreading. A liquid prepared by mixing the eucalyptus, chamomile herb and/or peppermint in boiling water increases its effectiveness in treatment of pneumonia at home.
Baikal skullcap root: (Botanical name: Scutellaria baicalensis), is a potent Chinese herb that has antimicrobial properties that is equally effective in killing bacteria, viruses and fungus.This property makes it useful in curing pneumonia even when the exact cause of infection has not been identified.
Lungwort tea:. A tea prepared by steeping, boiling and straining equal amount of lungwort, marsh mallow and plantain herbs in a cup water is effective home cure for pneumonia. This tea can be served up to three times a day depending upon the severity of condition. Tea must be freshly prepared for every serving.
Plantain tea: Tea prepared by adding fresh or dried leaves of the plantain and thyme in equal proportions in boiling water for 30 seconds can be served every hour during the onset and acute phases of pneumonia. This is an effective herbal home cure for pneumonia.
Echinacea: Drinking Echinacea herb extract mixed with honey boosts body immunity and is effective in dispelling symptoms of pneumonia. One teaspoon of this extract, taken thrice a day is prescribed for pneumonia patients as an effective herbal remedy.
Nasturtium: Nasturtium induces perspiration and has potent antipyretic and antibiotic properties which are very effective in curing pneumonia. Petals of the plant can be served as a constituent of salad for this purpose.
Horseradish: Horseradish has antibiotic properties, which helps in alleviating lung infection. Syrup made by mixing the herb powder with a teaspoon of honey should be taken twice a day till the severity of condition prevails.
Horsetail herb: Horsetail herb is rich in silica and is extensively recommended by herbalists to reinforce and refurbish pulmonary tissue damages caused by pneumonia. The prescribed dosage is 3 capsules, thrice a day.
Other beneficial herbs: Several other herbs have antibiotic properties which are effective herbal home remedies for pneumonia .Of special mention are: Goldenseal, Oregano, Thyme, yellow root, olive leaf extract, Propolis, Oregon grape and barberry.
Diet rich in Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps body absorb bioflavonoids that are helpful in removing toxic radicals from the body. Adequate intake of Vitamin C helps in treatment and home cure of pneumonia.
Indian Gooseberry, Raw Mango Powder, Broccoli, Raw Brussles sprouts, Oranges, Thyme, Parsley, Cloves, Bell pepper, Red Pepper (Cayenne), Lemon, Pummelos, Dry coriander, Turnip Greens, Cantaloupe, Rola (West Indian cherry), Black Currants, Red Cabbage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chives, Saffron, Dried Basil, Fortified Cereals and Dried rosemary are rich in Vitamin C and can be used liberally for fighting pneumonia at home.
Vitamin A supplements: Vitamin A helps in refurbishing damaged pulmonary tissues which speeds up healing and recovery process. Food like carrot, papaya, green leafy vegetable, spinach etc are rich sources of Vitamin A and is recommended to speed up recovery process.
Vitamin E supplements: Vitamin E supplements helps prevent disruption due to toxic radicals at the cellular level. Food rich in Vitamin E should be included in the diet as a fight against pneumonia. This should be combined with supplements of Zinc and selenium to helps strengthen body immunity.
Fasting on fruit juice helps in curing pneumonia
Pneumonia is characterized by general debility of the digestive system to function properly. Eating bulky food increases stress on digestive tract and can do more harm than good. The patient may alternatively be put on fruit juice diet for 3-4 days or even longer. Carrot juice mixed with spinach juice (3:1 ratio)is recommended as the prime liquid intake during this period. Other vegetable juices may also be taken.
- Complete rest is vital for recovery from pneumonia: Visitors should be avoided.
- The sick room should be airy as pneumonia is primarily a lung infection. Air bath is helpful in treatment of pneumonia. Slight moistness in air helps slacken off sticky mucus. Using humidifier with warm water to breathe is beneficial home cure for pneumonia.
- Patient should be kept warm: Placing warm, wet cloth loosely over the patient’s nose and mouth can be helpful.
- Sunbath is beneficial in treatment of pneumonia.
- Cough or cold medicine should only be taken if prescribed by doctor. Coughing helps patient get rid of mucus from your lungs and any artificial suppression can cause more harm than good in treating pneumonia.
- Smoking can be fatal in pneumonia and must be avoided at all cost. Alcohol should be avoided
- Drink plenty of liquids: water, juice, or weak tea (8-10 glasses a day)
- Wash/Sanitize your hands often, especially after: blowing the nose.