Pneumonia is a respiratory condition characterized by inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or chemical irritants. The body usually prevents these organisms from infecting your lungs but, at times, they may succeed in overpowering your immune system even if you are generally in good health.
It is a serious infection or inflammation in which the air sacs fill with pus and other liquid. In most cases, pneumonia occurs as a mild condition and clears up in two to three weeks. However, it can become very serious and may even prove fatal. It is especially dangerous for infants, young children, adults age 65 or older, and people who have a weakened immune system or underlying health problems.
The most common symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, fever, shaking chills, and shortness of breath. Also, it can cause other symptoms, such as a headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, and chest pain when breathing deeply or coughing.
It is especially important to see a doctor if you are having chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent fever (102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or a persistent cough.
Home remedies for pneumonia
1.Holy basil leaves
Holy basil leaves are beneficial for your lungs and useful in the natural treatment of pneumonia. Simply chew on a couple of holy basil leaves and swallow them. It will help a lot to relieve a cough and the flu.
Garlic has antimicrobial properties that fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It also helps bring down the body temperature and increases expectoration to clear phlegm out of the chest and lungs.
You should mix 1 cup of milk in 4 cups of water and add one-half teaspoon of crushed garlic to it. Boil the solution until it reduces to one-fourth of the original amount. Drink it three times a day.
Ginger is a well-known remedy to treat most of the respiratory diseases. Taking homemade ginger tea will improve a cough and lung irritation. It’s pretty effective in treating flu too.
Fenugreek has mucolytic properties, that is, it helps break up congestion. Furthermore, it induces sweating which reduces fever and helps remove toxins from the body.
Prepare some fenugreek tea (boil 1 teaspoon fenugreek with a cup of water). Then add a few drops of lemon juice and drink. This will clear up all the fluid in your lungs, and relieve your cough too.
Like fenugreek, this medicinal herb also works as a mucolytic to expel mucus from the body, particularly from the respiratory tract. Plus, it has antiviral and antibacterial properties that assist in fighting infection.
You should mix one-half teaspoon of turmeric and one-quarter teaspoon of black pepper powder in a glass of warm water. Drink it once a day.
Oil of oregano combats pneumonia-causing germs due to its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also helps thin mucus and clear congestion.
Add two or three drops of oregano oil to a glass of water or fresh juice. Drink it three times daily. Also, you can pour some oil into a piece of clean cloth and breathe in it whenever you feel stuffed.
Steam gives you a helping hand in combating with infection and enhancing breathing by easing a severe bout of a cough and congestion.
You should add some essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, lemon, or camphor oil into boiled water.
Breathe in the heat from this mixture. While breathing, wear a towel in order that the steam is not out of your body.