Question: I had basic cold symptoms with high fever of 102 degrees. But now I am having a lot of trouble in breathing. I get sharp chest pains when I breathe deeply and cough. I have started using an inhaler and have felt no improvement in breathing patterns.
Answer: Your symptoms point towards pleurisy/pneumonia. An X-RAY of the chest is the most definitive way of diagnosing.
What Are The Symptoms Of Pleurisy?
Pleurisy is the inflammation of the pleura (membrane lining the lungs). Symptoms come up as cold and cough. Gradually, as the disease progresses, there is a sharp stabbing pain felt over the chest wall or the diaphragm.
Deep breathing or coughing aggravates the complaint. The disease begins with a chill and is followed by fever. The degree of fever determines the intensity of the disease. The breathing pattern is affected due to pain and swelling within the chest. Later, there occurs an effusion (collection of fluid). This is wet pleurisy. There could also be dry pleurisy.
Pneumonia begins in a similar manner and the symptoms are identical. A complication of pneumonia is pleurisy.
Natural Remedies For Pneumonia Or Pleurisy
- You must embark on a fast of fresh fruits and vegetables and their juices.
- A milk diet is advised. A glass of milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric is very effective in treating chest disorders. Moreover, turmeric is an anti-septic, and it’ll handle infections.
- Gradually, start a soft diet – gruels and porridges. Avoid foods which are heavily spiced and stimulating (tea, coffee)
- Let honey and lime be your mantra. Lime is loaded with vitamin C. vitamin C fights infection, while honey soothes and lubricates the throat and tones up the entire respiratory system.
- Garlic is a wonderful remedy to fight colds and infections. Grate 2 flakes of raw garlic and swallow with water. Juice made with 5 flakes of garlic and applied externally to the chest is will speed up the healing process.
- Pranayama is a must for long term benefits. It increases the body’s resilience, boosts immunity, and strengthens the organs of respiration.
All efforts should be made to increase vitality, step up the immunity, reduce toxicity, and restore the normal chest movements.