Pneumonia

What is Pneumonia?

This is the inflammation of the substance of the lungs.

What are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?

Cough: either with phlegm or without it. Fever (with pain on coughing or taking a deep breath occasionally). Loss of appetite and weight. In children, laboured and rapid breathing, sudden onset of fever, cough, wheezing, and bluish skin are general signs of pneumonia. Pneumonia is the relatively common inflammation caused by various viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.

What are the Causes of Pneumonia?

Viruses and bacteria normally cause this disease. Pneumonia can be mild and treatable at home or you may need to be hospitalised, therefore it is vital that a doctor diagnose the condition.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Pneumonia

It is imperative that the patient recover quickly as problems can occur if the disease remains for too long. All treatments include bed rest and ridding the body of any infections and phlegm in the lungs. If you have a mild case of viral pneumonia, you can probably recover at home after getting a diagnosis from your doctor. If you have bacterial pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Pneumonia

Aromatherapy – Recovery from pneumonia may be helped if you add the essential oils of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), tea tree (Melaleuca spp.), or pine to a vapouriser or blend in a carrier oil for massage purposes. Herbal Therapies – Since clearing the lungs of phlegm is an important part of the healing process, using traditional herbal expectorants to promote coughing can aid recovery. Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), wild black cherry (Prunus serotina) bark, coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), lobelia (Lobelia inflata), and horehound (Marrubium vulgare) are good herbs to use for this purpose – See Our Herbal Section for more information on these and other herbs. You will need to see a Professional for specific dosages and preparations. Eating raw garlic (Allium sativum) or three garlic capsules three times a day is said to help your body fight infection. Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) may help you recover from infection: Homeopathy – Some recommended over-the-counter homeopathic remedies are Bryonia, Phosphorus, and Arsenicum album; follow label directions.