Pleurisy is characterized by inflammation of the membranes lining the lungs and thoracic cavity (the pleura).
Symptoms of pleurisy usually manifest very suddenly. The primary symptom is pain during inhalation and/or coughing that can range from mild to severe, causing a stabbing sensation that can travel to the shoulder of the involved lung. Breathing usually becomes more rapid and shallow than usual, and motion on the side of the body that is affected can become limited.
Caution: Pleurisy-like symptoms can be a sign of lung cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, or pulmonary embolism (blockage of a pulmonary artery by foreign matter). If these conditions are present, seek prompt medical attention.
The inflammation is usually caused by lung infections. Determining the exact cause of the lung infection is vital so that it can be properly addressed.
Follow an organic diet that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh soups, and drink plenty of pure filtered water.
- foods you are allergic or sensitive to. Go to NAET www.naet.com
- During the onset of symptoms, eat hot, spicy organic foods, such as chili peppers, garlic, ginger and onions, in order to open the air passages and encourage the elimination of mucus. Spices such as mustard and horseradish can also be helpful for this purpose.
- Emphasize organic, whole foods, especially plenty of fresh, raw organic vegetables, nuts and seeds, organic poultry, and wild-caught fish.
- Garlic and onions should be staples in your meals, due to their powerful health benefits for the lungs and overall respiratory system.
- Drink plenty or pure, fresh water each day (at least eight ounces every two hours).
- Organic, extra virgin olive and coconut oils should also be used liberally.
- Homemade soups, such as turkey or chicken, vegetable, and barley, can be consumed in order to help thin mucus.
- Drink plenty of pure, fresh water each day; a minimum of eight ounces should be drunk every two hours.
- Vegan diets have been found to significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions. According to leading naturopathic physician and researcher Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., a vegan diet can significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions, including bronchitis. Dr. Pizzorno reports that over 90 percent of all people who follow a vegan diet for at least one year experience notable improvements in their health.
What not to do:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Avoid all sugar and sugar products.
- Avoid bananas as they encourage mucus production.
- Avoid wheat and wheat by-products.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants and commercially processed foods.
- Avoid all canned food and all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
The following supplements can help relieve symptoms and address related lung infection: vitamin A, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, lung glandular, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes, bromelain and colloidal silver.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Take Vitamin C, 2 packs 3 times a day with glutathione www.livonlabs.com Vitamin C protects lung tissues and fights infection.
- We recommend Zamu juice – 4oz a day – www.amazonherb.net
- Allicin C (garlic capsules which have super powerful antibacterial properties) 4 capsules three times a day. 1 capsule is the equivalent to 40 cloves of garlic (without the breath to go with it!!).
- Take Vitamin E – it is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster. (Unique E) www.acgrace.com
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Best home Ayurevedic remedies for pleurisy: blogs.rediff.com/allayurvedicremedies/2011/02/24/treat-pleurisy-with-effective-home-remedies
Violet syrup for aiding respiratory problems: www.naturalnews.com/024084_herb_cancer_herbal.html
Cabbage leaves for treating pleurisy: www.healingfoodreference.com/Cabbage_leaves.html
Nettles – an aid for pleurisy: www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/apothecary/nettle
Natural ayurvedic home remedies for a wet cough www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-wet-cough.html
Natural ayurvedic home remedies for a dry cough www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-dry-cough.html
The natural healing properties of pineapples: www.naturalnews.com/033508_bromelain_proteolytic_enzymes.html
Turmeric for lung health: www.naturalnews.com/023287_turmeric_curcumin_disease.html
Further Information (links and books)
Breathing Free: The Revolutionary 5-Day Program to Heal Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis and Other Respiratory Ailments by Teresa Hale
Herbs to Help You Breathe Freely (Keats Good Herb Guides) by C.J. Puotinen
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Celtic Sea Salt www.celticseasalt.com
Koflet, Ayurvedic Cough Syrup www.himalayahealthcare.com
Throat Coat Tea, Traditional Medicinals www.traditionalmedicinals.com
Apitherapy Honey Elderberry Extract www.honeygardens.com
Essential Oils – www.amoils.com