15 Best Home Remedies for Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (TB) is a respiratory infection caused by the bacteria known as mycobacterium tuberculosis.
This is an extremely contagious disease and is often fatal where proper health care is poor or lacking.
The primary symptoms of this ailment includes constant coughing, fatigue and dizziness, shortness of breath and labored breathing, night sweats, rapid weight loss and chest pain.
It might interest you to know that TBG and HIV/AIDS often go hand-in-hand, and that TB may be one off the symptoms of HIV/AIDS.
That is the more reason that tuberculosis should not be overlooked or taken lightly.
However, you may notice at first when you contract TB, because it is sneaky and deceptive in nature.
It takes a while before manifesting in a person.
Most often, when people are first infected with TB, the disease appears mild and may show none of the symptomatic signs highlighted above.
When TB becomes active, however, it can assume a scary proportion.
Diagnosis for Tuberculosis
A blood test is usually carried out to look for TB, especially after a person becomes sick, begins to cough and lose weight and his condition does not improve with regular antibiotic treatment.
Or you might get a CT scan or an MRI so the doctor can see pictures of the inside of your body.
Treatment for Tuberculosis
TB is actually very malignant and resistant to most antibiotic treatment.
It is not easily subdued and many months, even years, of constant antibiotics treatment may be spent before the fight is won.
The treatment is usually very strict.
Chances cannot be taken when you’re dealing with something like TB.
Early detection and counter treatment for TB is very crucial before the disease gets active.
If you miss doses of your medicine, or if you stop taking your medicine too soon, your treatment may fail or have to go on longer, and this can cause the infection to get worse or become antibiotics-resistant.
This is much harder to treat.
Once you start on antibiotic to treat TB, you have to follow through consistently without missing a dose, otherwise you’ve messed things up further.
If active TB is not treated, it can damage your lungs or other organs and can be deadly.
You can also spread TB by not treating an active TB infection.
How is Tuberculosis Spread?
While TB is easily passed from person to person under certain circumstances, it
does not spread through casual contact.
TB is airborne and is spread when an infected person opens his mouth to cough, speak, or when they sneeze. But you can’t get TB just by touching an infected person.
You also can’t get TB by shaking hands, hugging or kissing.
Using the same toothbrush, eating or drinking after an infected person or even shaking hands
or sharing clothing cannot give one TB.
A person who has been infected with tuberculosis may not yet show any symptoms
of TB, and may have no idea that they’re sick until after a while, by which time the disease would have taken root.
However, as grim and widespread as TB is, truth is that with pragmatic approach, it can be properly managed, even cured, contrary to some school of thoughts that say the disease is incurable.
However, in this article, we’re particularly concerned wit natural approach to treatment of TB.
This is not to discredit modern or orthodox medicine, but to point you towards a different alternative if that’s what you’re looking for.
Below are some of the proven natural remedies that are helpful in the treatment of tuberculosis.
15 Best Home Remedies for Tuberculosis
Yes, garlic, again!
Never mind the sour smell and foul breath that accompanies snacking on garlic.
This medicinal spice is a sure bet to dealing with a number of ailments, TB inclusive.
Garlic has antibacterial properties that help to tackle the bacteria causing TB.
It’s like an effective goal keeper standing in the goal post saying ‘no’ to incoming bacteria and infections.
Bearing these in mind, you might want to make garlic a part of your diet.
However, garlic can be harsh when taken as a herb, and may provoke bleeding in some people.
If you need to, do take garlic moderately, and consult your doctor before starting on any garlic herbal therapy.
That’s right; everyone, well almost everyone, knows by heart the vast importance of fresh, organic fruits.
In treating tuberculosis, you need a lot of whole fruits, regularly.
To effectively combat the disease, bananas, oranges and pineapple must become dear to you.
Ensure to take a glass of squeezed fruit juice (fresh fruits juice, mind you, not package fruit juice with artificial preservatives and colorants that you get at the stores) everyday.
And just in case you’re wondering, fruits are rich in vitamins and essential nutrients that boost immunity and revitalizes vital organs of the body for optimal functions.
3. Black Pepper
Black pepper is effective in the treatment of TB because it has been proven to sooth and cleanses the lungs, also reducing the mucus flow, which is good in relieving chest pain occasioned by tuberculosis infection.
As an anti-inflammatory compound, black pepper helps to reduce the inflammation caused by bacterial infection.
This is a very popular tropical fruit in many parts of the world.
Every kid in my neighborhood has either seen or eaten this black, hard-shelled delicacy at one time or the other.
Maybe for the sheer enjoyment of it, of course.
But beyond its crunchy appeal, walnut is quite medicinal.
It is a good immune booster for anyone already suffering from TB.
Furthermore, the nutrients obtainable from walnuts help to speed up the healing process of damaged tissues in the body.
For best results, two tablespoonful of crushed walnut mixed with a teaspoon of garlic (yes, remember what we said about garlic?) and one teaspoon of butter.
This mixture is sure to give you some relief over time if you do it at least once a day for a period.
You can take a look at this article on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle
If you love to chew raw onions, like me, good for you.
Do keep it up.
But if you’re treating tuberculosis already, the more reason for you to snack on onions as a therapeutic agent.
Onions, as a cooking spice, has been used over the ages in the garnishing of all kinds of food.
And that is good, but you also need to take raw, crushed onions mixed with honey over time, when treating TB.
Onions contain unique properties that are very good for treating tuberculosis and causing notable relief over time.
Take a glass of lukewarm water and squeeze two lemons into it.
Drink this everyday for as long as necessary.
What’s this about?
It’s going to help clean out your bladder and strengthen your lymph gland, granting you steady relief from the ailment.
7. Tropical Fruits
You know this little tropical fruit, don’t you?
It’s quite easy to come by but very popular among people of the north.
Many people eat dates out of habit, without recourse to its nutritious or medicinal content.
But dates are profoundly effective in the treatment of tuberculosis, because of its rich properties: eat up to 5 dates with a glass of milk at least 2 times a day.
You’d be doing yourself a world of good over time.
Now, here’s another wholesome spice you don’t want to ignore in your daily nutrient intake, particularly if you’re battling tuberculosis.
Ginger contains an important component which can inhibit the growth of the mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which is known as gingerol.
A cup of tea daily, mixed with grated ginger, should be a healthy brew to kick back TB.
9. Green Tea Leaves or Capsules
Green tea is a wholesome herb rich in polyphenols compounds, a substance which acts as powerful antioxidants and fights back the TB-causing agents.
To prepare a Green Tea brew, boil a cup of water and add your green tea leaves to it.
After a minute, sieve out the leaves and particles and consume the drink warm.
Do this 2 to 3 times daily and you’re on the way to getting rid of the TB disease.
Now, this is the wonder herb, and we’ll be talking about it extensively in subsequent articles.
Ginseng has been used by people of the Orient to treat an array of plagues and diseases since the ages.
Many who have had reasons to resort to ginseng root to treat an ailment will readily attest to its medicinal prowess.
Ginseng has unique properties that can typically help to fortify the body’s resistance to germs, diseases and bacterial infections.
Take a glass of ginseng herb 2 to 3 times a day to flush out every unwanted organisms from your system.
11. Drumstick Leaves
Are a viable source of rich calcium, phosphorous and vitamin C, as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that eliminate tuberculosis-causing bacteria.
For effective use, boil some drumstick leaves in one cup of water for about 5 minutes.
Allow it to cool, then drain the solution gently, sieving out the leaves.
Add a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of pepper and some lime juice to the drink.
Take this concoction once a day, first thing in the morning before food.
Keep taking it. You should be alright.
Now more than ever before, because you’re treating TB, you need to drink lots of milk.
Milk helps to strengthen the immune system of the body because it is rich in calcium, which the body requires a good amount of especially during a health crisis period.
Ensure to make milk a part of your daily diet if you’re treating tuberculosis.
13. Custard Apple
The rejuvenating properties of custard apple work to invigorate the human body.
It is a very effective treatment for tuberculosis.
Boil 25 seedless raisins and the pulp of 2 custard apples in 1½ cups of water until one- third of the water is left.
Strain this solution and add 2 tsp of powdered sugar and ¼ tsp each of cinnamon and cardamom.
Let it cool down. Drink it twice a day.
14. Clove Oil
Take some clove oil and add a few pieces of crystallized sugar to it.
Wait for some time until it settles down. Consume this mixture several times a day.
This is if you’re open-minded and are not averse to trying alternative therapy, Chinese medicine precisely.
Acupuncture can actually help to reveal tuberculosis; even granting you a permanent cure in the long run.
It strengthens the function of lungs.
In acupuncture therapy, various points in the body are stimulated with the needle which in turn helps to cure the disease.
In this practice various points is pressed to boost immune system of the body so that it can fight off TB bacteria and bring relief over time.
When you are treating tuberculosis, here’re some health tips you really need to adhere to:
Junk Food – Get rid of the junk foods, fried foods and red meat.
Vitamins – Eat a lot of vitamin B, iron and calcium rich foods.
Oil – Use healthy cooking oils only.
Antioxidants – Consume plenty of antioxidant rich foods such as basil, rosemary and turmeric.
Fruits/Veggies – Take fresh fruits and vegetables.
Exercise – Do this regularly.
Sleep – Sleep deprivation will do no good.
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