A virus or bacterial infection is the usual cause of pneumonia, which makes one or both lungs become inflamed. It develops with a cough and shortness of breath.
Bacterial pneumonia is considered a serious health hazard, although viral pneumonia can also be dangerous especially in the elderly and the young.
Legionnaires’ disease is one such form of viral pneumonia.
Acute lobar pneumonia usually affects only one lobe of one lung. It develops quickly, often in children and young people, and cause high fever, rapid breathing and a persistent, dry cough. There is usually little phlegm, but the patient may cough up blood.
Bronchopneumonia often affects both lungs, and the victim produces large quantity of green or yellow phlegm. It can be a complication of smoking or infections such as influenza, and mainly affects elderly people or those who are weakened or bed bound through other illness. It is often the final cause of death in people dying of cancer or old age.
Pneumonia is sometimes a feature of AIDS. In its viral form, it is often the result of chickenpox or measles.
What the Natural Doctor Recommends
Herbal Medicine: Herbalists advise pneumonia sufferers to seek expert medical help. But they prescribe expectorants to loosen the phlegm, including mullein or thyme combined with anti-ineffective herbs such as Echinacea or garlic. Any fever is treated by herbs such as elderflower and yarrow.
A diet of nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juices is usually recommended for a few days, and then full, vegetables, grains and a little protein are slowly added. Dairy products and sweet foods are avoided to decrease mucus production, and supplements such as Vitamin C and Vitamin A in fairly large doses may be prescribed to boost the immune system.