(Last Updated on : 02/04/2014)
In the beginning of the natural remedy for Pneumonia
, the patient should be kept on a diet of raw juices for five to ten days, depending on the severity of the disease. In this course of therapy he should take a glass of fruit or vegetable juice diluted with warm water every two or three hours. Fruits such as apple, pineapple, orange, mosambi and grapes and vegetables like carrots, tomatoes may be used for juices. After a diet of raw juices, when the fever subsides, the patient should three or four more days on an exclusive fresh fruit diet, taking three meals a day of juicy fruits such as pineapple, mangoes, apple, grapes, orange, lemon and papaya. Subsequently, he may steadily take up a well balanced diet of natural foods consisting of foods, seeds, and grains, vegetables and fruits with emphasis on fresh fruits and raw vegetables.
The patients should be given warm enema on a daily basis to cleanse the bowel during the period of raw juice therapy and all fruit diet and thereafter, when required. The patient should avoid strong tea
, refined foods, fried foods, white sugar, white flour and all products made from them, condiments and pickles
. He should also keep away from all meats as well as alcoholic beverages and smoking. Sipping of cold water has also been found useful in the treatment of pneumonia. The patient should sip cold water at short intervals so long as the fever continues. The cold water is cooling to the feverish blood. Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of pneumonia. During the early acute stage of this disease, herbal tea made from fenugreek seeds will help the body to produce perspiration, drive out toxicity and cut down the period of fever
During this treatment, no other food or nourishment should be taken as fasting and fenugreek will allow the body to correct these respiratory problems in a few days. Garlic juice can also be applied externally to the chest with useful results as it is an irritant. Sesame seeds (til) are valuable in pneumonia. An infusion of the seeds, mixed with a tablespoon of linseed, a pinch of common salt and a desert spoon of honey, should be given in the cure of this disease. This will help eliminate catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial-tubes. The pain of pneumonia can be relieved by rubbing oil of turpentine over the rib cage and wrapping warmed cotton wool over it.