Pneumonia – Inflammation of the Lungs – Causes, Symptoms, Remedies and Diet


Pneumonia is an infection of lungs and respiratory system leading to inflammation. It is one of the most infectious disease. Pneumonia is threatening if both the lungs of the ailing person get affected. Pneumonia is classified into two categories :
- Lobar Pneumonia (occurs in one lobe of the lung).
- Bronchopneumonia (tends to be patchy).

CAUSES OF PNEUMONIA

- Caused by various germs and some viruses.
- Fungal infections.
- Inhaling foreign particles.
- Irritation by worms.
- Irritant dust.
- Noxious gases.
- Weak immune system.
- Cystic fibrosis and lung cancer.
- Presence of a toxin especially in the lungs and air passages which are due to wrong feeding habits and a faulty lifestyle.

SYMPTOMS OF PNEUMONIA

- Cold in throat.
- Chest pain.
- Chill feeling.
- Fever with shivering.
- Breathing difficulties.
- Cough with pink sputum.
- High pulse.
A common complication of pneumonia is pleurisy.

REMEDIES FOR PNEUMONIA

- Garlic brings down the temperature as well as the pulse and respiration within two days. It is very beneficial for the treatment of pneumonia.
- Have four cups of tea made from fenugreek leaves daily.
- Rub some turpentine oil over the patient’s rib cage. After this, cover the area with a warm cloth.
- Consume the juice of 5-6 leaves of holy basil.
- Take 15gm of sesame seeds in 250ml of water. Mix it with tsp of linseed, a pinch of common salt and a tsp of honey.
- The juice of parsnip is very beneficial as it contains elements like phosphorous and chlorine.
- Carrot juice mixed with spinach juice or beet and cucumber juice are found to be useful in pneumonia.

FOOD TO AVOID

- Avoid strong tea, coffee.
- Avoid refined foods, fried foods.
- Avoid white sugar, white flour and all products made from them.
- Avoid condiments and pickles.
- Avoid all meats as well as alcoholic beverages and smoking.

DIET FOLLOWED FOR PNEUMONIA

- In the start, patient should be kept on a diet of raw juices for 5-10 days.
- After this, if fever subsides, patient should spent 3-4 days on an exclusive fresh fruit diet taking three meals a day of juicy fruits.
- After this, adopt a well balanced diet.
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