refers to the acute inflammation of the lungs. It is one of the most serious infectious
disease. There are basically two types of penumonia, called lobar pneumonia
They, however, run into each other and are treated in the same way. The disease
becomes more seroious if both the lungs are affected. It is called double pneumonia
Most cases of pneumonia
begin with a cold in the head or throat. The patient generally feels
chill, shivering, difficulty in breathing and sharp pain in the chest. This may be followed by a
cough with pinkish sputum which may later become brownish. The patient usually suffers from
fever and headache. In more serious cases of pneumonia
, the sputum may be of rusty colour. In
your children, the disease may cause delirum and convulsions. Most patients feel very miserableand sweat profusely. The temperature may rise to 105 o F and pulse may go upto 150 beats per
minutes. A common complication of all kinds of pneumonia
is caused by various types of germs such as streptococus, staphyloccus and
pneunococcus variety. At times, certain viruses are also responsible for the disease. Other
causes of diseases are fungal infection
, irritation by worms, inhaling foreign matter, irritant dust
or noxious gases and vapours such as ammonia, nitrogen dioxide or cadmium.
The real cause of pneumonia
, however, is the toxic condition of the body, especially of the lungs
and air passages, resulting from wrong feeding and faulty life style. Persons with healthy tissues
and strong vital force are unlikely to catch pneumonia
. It is only when the system is clogged with
the toxic matter and the vitality is low that the germs of pneumonia
invade a person.
To begin with, 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 regimen he should take a glass of fruit or vegetable juice
diluted with warm water every two or three hours. Fruits such as orange, mosambi, apple,
pineapple 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 further days
on an exclusive fresh fruit diet, taking three meals a day of juicy fruits such as apple, grapes,
pineapple, mangoes, orange, lemon and papaya. Thereafter, he may gradually adopt 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 warm
enema daily to cleanse the bowel during the period of raw juice therapy and all fruit diet and
thereafter, when necessary.
The patient should avoid strong tea, coffee , refined foods, fried foods, white sugar, white flour
and all products made from them, condiments and pickles. He should also avoid all meats as
well as alcoholic beverages and smoking.
To reduce temperature naturally, during the course of the fever, the procedure outlined in the
chapter on malaria
may be followed. Sipping of cold water has also been found beneficial 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, a herbal tea made from fenugreek seeds will help the body to
produce perspiration, dispel toxicity
and shorten the period of fever. In can be taken upto four
cups daily. The quantity should be reduced as condition improves. To improve flavour, a few
drops of lemon juice can be used. 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
According to Dr. F.W. Crosman, an eminent physician, garlic is a marvellous remedy for
, if given in sufficient quantities. This physician used garlic for many years in
, and said that in no instance did it fail to bring down the temperature as well as the
pulse and respiration within 48 hours. Garlic juice can also be applied externally to the chest with
beneficial results as it is an irritant and rubefacient.
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 treatment of this disease. This will help remove catarrhal matter and phelgm from the
The pain of pneumonia
can be relieved by rubbing oil of turpentine over the rib cage and
wrapping warmed cotton wool over it.