Pulmonary tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the lungs. TB is caused by the bacteria ‘Mycobacterium tuberculosis’ and could spread to other organs of the body other than the lungs.
You can get TB by inhaling air droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person. The resulting lung infection is called primary TB.
People most susceptible to TB include; elderly people, infants, and people with a weakened immune system such as HIV/AIDS patients, a diabetic patient, as well as patients on chemotherapy.
Furthermore, your risk of getting TB increases if you;
- maintain a poor diet
- live in a crowded or unclean environment
- are around people with TB
Symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis include; weight loss, fatigue, fever, wheezing, chest pain, coughing up blood, breathing difficulty, excessive perspiration especially at night, and cough (usually accompanied with mucus)
Note: Ensure you contact your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment of TB. You can use this home remedies as an adjunct therapy.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with tuberculosis;
- Ensure you get a lot of rest and sleep to help hasten recovery.
- Include fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in your diet.
- Avoid stress and stressful activities. You could take up yoga and meditation to help manage your stress.
- Avoid living in crowded and unhygienic environments.
Below are natural treatments and home remedies for tuberculosis;
1. Custard Apple
Custard apple has rejuvenating properties similar to the drugs used to treat tuberculosis. Although you still need proper medical treatment, you can use custard apple as an adjunct therapy for the remission of TB. Just take the pulp of two custard apples and simmer in a pot of water until the water reduces by two thirds. Once it cools down, strain off and then transfer the liquid to another container. Add a quarter teaspoon of powdered sugar and drink twice a day.
While garlic will not kill the bacteria, it will inhibit its replication. Garlic is packed with sulfuric acid, which kills germs, and allicin compound which help to boost the immune system and, most importantly, decrease the production of harmful free radicals. Clinical trials have shown that garlic can be used to combat drug-resistant TB.
Since it may cause bad breath when eaten raw, you can consume it with other ingredients. Boil chopped garlic in a cup of milk and drink before going to bed. Alternatively, mix one tsp of garlic paste with two tsp of walnut powder and then add one tsp of ghee. When you consume the three ingredients, you’ll enhance your immune system.
3. Drumstick Leaves
Drumstick leaves are an excellent source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin C, and carotene which play an important role in boosting your immune system. Moreover, drumstick leaves contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making them effective in the inhibition of the TB bacteria. To prepare a concoction, boil some drumstick leaves in water for 5-10 minutes, add pepper or lemon juice and drink the resulting solution early in the morning.
TB patients need extra nutrients to help improve their immunity. Thankfully, bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B-6 which aid in boosting the immune system. This healthy fruit will also get rid of a cough and fever. To curb the TB bacteria, blend one banana, half a cup of yogurt, one cup of coconut water, and one tsp of honey. Consume the mixture 2-3 times a day. You can also eat a ripe banana or drink one glass of banana juice every day.
5. Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice cleanses the lungs by breaking up the sputum, works as a detoxifying agent, and boosts the body’s immunity. What’s more, the juice contains bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme that aids in eliminating the feeling of breathlessness. To get rid of the unpleasant TB symptoms, drink 2-3 glasses of pineapple juice 2-3 times a day. You’ll see some positive results after 3-4 weeks.
Oranges contain large amounts of antioxidants, vitamin C, and other beneficial minerals that enhance your body’s immunity. Furthermore, they relieve coughs and work as an expectorant. When consumed on a regular basis, they will eliminate any secondary infections associated with tuberculosis and at the same time rejuvenate the lung tissues. To combat the TB bacteria, add one tsp of honey to a glass of orange juice and drink early in the morning and before going to bed. You could also include any citrus fruit or citrus oil in your diet to help inhibit TB
7. Black Pepper
Black pepper has potent anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties which make it effective in alleviating pain associated with the TB. Furthermore, black pepper aids in the cleansing of lungs. To use this remedy, add 5-10 chopped peppercorns in clarified butter, and then add asafetida powder. Heat for about 5 minutes. Once the mixture has cooled down, divide it into three parts. Take one part three times a day.
8. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Although no conclusive study shows the effectiveness of Amla in fighting the TB bacteria, preliminary research has shown that the fruit can lessen the symptoms associated with the condition. Amla contains essential nutrients that coat the respiratory tract and the stomach. Additionally, it reduces any inflammation while boosting your body’s immunity thanks to its antibacterial qualities. To treat the infection, deseed a handful of the fruit and extract the juice. Then, add 1-2 tsp of honey, mix well and drink when on an empty stomach.
9. Nutmeg And Jaggery
The two have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making them effective in treating TB. To prepare the mixture, crush nutmeg into a fine powder and then add some jaggery. Once you obtain a paste, make small pellets weighing 3-5 milligrams. Consume the pellets every half an hour with lukewarm water.
10. Green Tea
Green tea has powerful antioxidants (especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate) that aid in flushing out pathogens from the body. Besides that, it strengthens your body’s immunity while ensuring the infection does not spread to other parts of the body. Research has confirmed that green tea is ten times more powerful than black tea in fighting off bacteria. To inhibit the proliferation of the TB bacteria, drink 1-2 cups of green tea every day. If you don’t have access to green tea leaves, you can take them in the form of a capsule.
11. Herbal Teas
If you have a TB infection that is accompanied by a cough and sputum production, you can prepare herbal tea to ease the symptoms. Herbal teas prepared from licorice, chamomile, and sage will provide instant relief from throat pain and coughing.
12. Mint Leaves
Along with easing phlegm and clearing the air passage, mint leaves can eliminate the pain that comes with TB. At the same time, mint leaves boost your body’s overall immunity and aids in the healing of the affected tissues. It will also inhibit the harmful side effects that come with TB medication which makes it an effective adjunct treatment.
To prepare the concoction, add one tsp of mint juice and two tsp of malt vinegar into half a cup of carrot juice. Divide the liquid into three parts and drink thrice a day. This carrot-mint drink is a powerful lung tonic. Alternatively, you could use peppermint oil instead of peppermint juice.
13. Bottle Gourd
Most medical experts recommend this vegetable to TB patients. Extensive research has confirmed that bottle gourd aids the body in developing immunity against the TB bacteria. Also, bottle gourd is packed with fiber and water that help to flush out the pathogens. Simply boil the bottle gourd in water for 10-15 minutes, strain off and drink two cups a day. Remember, you should consume the juice separately since it can have adverse effects when mixed with other juices.
14. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Tulsi can cure numerous respiratory disorders such as asthma, fever, and tuberculosis. It contains Eugenol a compound that helps to treat a number of lung infections. Tulsi also helps to protect against the toxic effects of anti-tubercular drugs. Simply make a concoction by combining a handful of basil leaves with half tsp of black cumin and some lemon. Consume them twice a day.
Cinnamon powder is characterized by a distinct smell and flavor. It helps to treat numerous respiratory problems including colds, flu, and TB. Besides strengthening the immune system, cinnamon aids in breaking the phlegm. To make the concoction, mix one tsp of cinnamon powder with 20gm of sugar-candy and three parts of green cardamom. Once you mix these ingredients, add some honey. For best results, eat the mixture twice a day for two consecutive months.
Medical professionals recommend including milk in the diet of patients with tuberculosis. This is because milk supplies the body with calcium which plays the key role in strengthening the immune system and at the same time preventing the disease from damaging the bones. Patients who consume 2-3 glasses of milk on a daily basis tend to recover faster from a TB infection compare to those who don’t. If you don’t like the taste, you can add some honey or turmeric powder.
17. Persian Shallot
Apart from being a staple part of Iranian cooking, Persian shallot (Allium stipitatum) can help to treat antibiotic-resistance TB. According to research conducted by the University of London, Persian shallots can inhibit the growth of isolated TB cells by more than 99%. Just crush a raw onion to extract the juice and then add some asafetida. Take the mixture three times a day.
Lemon helps to detox the body and it also inhibits numerous diseases including tuberculosis. Lemon is capable of inhibiting microbe proliferation and inhibits the TB bacterium from infecting lymph glands. You can either consume a fresh lemon or dilute it in a glass of warm water. While it should not substitute other TB medications, you can ease TB symptoms by consuming 2-3 glasses of lemon juice a day.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of ginger makes it effective in the treatment of pulmonary TB. As such, ginger can serve as an adjunct treatment with an antitubercular therapy as ginger possesses free radical scavenging properties. To use the treatment, simmer chopped ginger roots in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, you can chew fresh ginger root throughout the day. When combined with other conventional therapy, ginger reduces the side effects of TB drugs to the liver.
This yellow-orange fruit is rich in vitamin A which provides the patient with extra energy to fight the bacteria. To benefit from this fruit, blend it in a juicer, add natural honey and consume twice a day for 2-3 months.
21. Clove Oil
Clove oil is a natural treatment for a number of respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It also works as an immune booster and an anti-inflammatory. Simply extract the oil, add sugar and then allow it to settle for a few minutes. Eat the mixture 2-3 times a day.
Barberry contains berberine, an alkaloid with antimicrobial, sedative and anticoagulant effects. Other chemical constituents, of barberry, include citric and malic acid which are known to inhibit harmful bacteria. When you consume barberry on a regular basis, you not only enhance your immune system but also restore your overall health. You can make barberry tea by using dried berries or fresh leaves. Remember, you should continue with other conventional treatments since this is just an adjunct therapy.
Horsetail contains calcium and large amounts of silica which help to combat respiratory diseases while strengthening the bones. To brew horsetail tea, boil two tsp of the herb in a cup of water for 30 minutes, strain and drink twice daily.
24. American Ginseng
Ginseng is effective in treating upper respiratory infections. It contains flavonoids and catechins which help to combat the TB bacteria. Prepare the infusion by steeping the herb in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes, strain off and drink. Three servings a day will help your body build resistance to TB.
Astragalus root is used in Chinese medicine to treat a number respiratory infections including tuberculosis. It’s especially effective in treating drug-resistance tuberculosis. To boost your body’s immunity, take 250-500mg of astragalus extract three times a day.
In Ayurvedic medicine, walnuts are referred to as the powerhouse of energy. They contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin E, and vitamin B6. All these nutrients are vital in boosting the immune system to speed up the healing process. All you need is to take 2-3 walnuts, discard the shells and crash the walnut into a fine paste. Then, add one tsp of clarified butter and garlic paste and eat early in the morning. You may also want to eat a few walnuts, during the day, to keep your immune system strong.
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