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Treatment and Remedies for Pneumonia

pneumonia treatment and remedies

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  • Pneumonia can be treated through different methods depending on the type of illness you have, as well as its severity
  • Given the different causes of pneumonia, it is important that your physician examines your case thoroughly and prescribes the appropriate solutions to effectively heal this illness

Pneumonia can be treated through different methods, and these generally depend on the type of pneumonia that you have, its severity, and your age and current health status.1

Oftentimes, antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial,2 mycoplasma3 or aspiration pneumonia.4 Patients may also be recommended cough medicines or expectorants,5 pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen,6 and corticosteroids.7

However, be aware that these medicines can have adverse effects that may exacerbate your condition. This is why you may want to ask your physician to look into natural solutions for treating your condition if it is not so severe that you need hospitalization.

The Drawbacks of Common Pneumonia Medications

Excessive intake of antibiotics can result in dysbyosis in your gut microbiome, upsetting the balance of the good and bad bacteria, and resulting in increased levels of leptin and ghrelin (hunger hormones), which ultimately can raise your risk for obesity and even cause severe problems with your heart, including sudden cardiac death.8

This is one reason I always suggest that you use antibiotics only as a last result in extreme circumstances, when you absolutely need them, or when natural treatments won’t work. If it’s necessary for you to take antibiotics, make sure to take a high-quality probiotic supplement a few hours before or after taking the antibiotic. This helps your body maintain an adequate balance of good gut bacteria.

Exercise caution as well if you’re prescribed over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or aspirin, both of which are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can interfere with your heart rate, blood pressure and clotting factors. Ibuprofen, aspirin and other variants of NSAIDs are also ill-advised for pneumonia treatment because it may increase your risk for potential side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers and kidney problems.9

Be wary of acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol), too, as high rates of hospitalizations, emergency room visits,10 liver damage11 and negative skin reactions12,13 have been linked to excessive acetaminophen use. What’s more, acetaminophen overdoses are becoming quite common, even if you slightly go over the amount prescribed.

Pregnant women who take either NSAIDS may also have a higher risk for miscarriage,14 prolonged labor and low amniotic fluid. NSAIDs may affect the child as well, and can result in heart problems for the baby.

Make Your Pneumonia Treatment Natural

One of the best ways to treat any type of disease, including some cases of pneumonia, is to utilize natural remedies. There are a variety of herbs and plants that may help you achieve this goal. Some of the best homemade and natural remedies for respiratory problems like pneumonia include:15

Fenugreek tea — Tea made from fenugreek seeds may assist with clearing mucus that has accumulated in your body and in alleviating cough. Fenugreek tea may also be helpful for a fever by inducing sweat that may eventually reduce body temperature.16

Astragalus — This herb is known to boost your immune system and raise your body’s resistance to viruses and bacteria.17 There are capsules, powdered root and essential oils available today, but you can infuse some dried astragalus root in water to make tea.

Oregano oil — This essential oil has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties that may be helpful for pneumonia patients.18,19

Holy basil — Also known as tulsi, holy basil possesses antiviral and antifungal abilities.20 An Indian Journal of Experimental Biology article also revealed that essential oil made from holy basil has exceptional antibacterial activity against three types of bacteria strains.21

Tea tree and eucalyptus oils— Tea tree oil may work as a decongestant that may assist the body in eliminating mucus, while eucalyptus may combat agents responsible for pneumonia.22

Garlic — Garlic cloves are known to possess antibacterial and antiviral abilities.23 This well-known vegetable’s major health benefits are closely linked to a compound called allicin. According to an article in the journal Phytomedicines of Europe, allicin plays a role in enhancing some of garlic’s antimicrobial, hypoglycemic and antioxidant effects.24

Goldenseal — Pneumonia patients may find goldenseal useful, since it contains berberine, a compound considered a potent antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.25,26

Echinacea — This plant is helpful for pneumonia patients because it has antiviral and antibacterial capabilities.27 Echinacea also helps with combating bacteria and viruses,28,29 effectively boosting immune system function.

Ginger — Ginger may help eliminate toxins30 and heal spasmodic conditions.31 You can add fresh or dried ginger to your meals, or make your own ginger tea by steeping fresh ginger in boiling water.32


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Pneumonia Symptoms

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