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.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
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.
Ayurvedic physicians commonly recommend a mixture of lemon and honey as well as the herbs sitopaladi, vasti madhu, punarnava, kant kari and vasaka for symptoms.
However, as always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some of the things that your practitioner may recommend:
Ginseng – studies have shown it reduces inflammation in the lungs and improves the lung’s tissues.
Medicinal Mushrooms are another popular Chinese remedy. Reishi and Cordyceps are popular choices:
Reishi has been found to have a healing effect on the lungs. When more than 2000 individuals suffering from chronic bronchitis took reishi syrup, within just two weeks 60 –90% felt better, according to “Medicinal mushrooms,” by Christopher Hobbs, published in Herbs for Health, Jan/Feb 97. Researchers have found that reishi has anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Cordyceps has shown positive results in fighting against cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma. It relaxes bronchial walls and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Steam with thyme, benzoin, eucalyptus, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, sandalwood, chamomile, or juniper essential oils. Add a few drops of the essential oil to water, bring to a boil, then allow to simmer. Place your head over the pan of simmering water, covering your head with a towel and inhale for 10-20 minutes.
Useful homeopathic remedies include: Aconite, Bryonia, Apis mel., Cantharis, Kali carb., Sulfur, Arsen alb., and Phosphorus
Mix equal parts of dried mullein and pleurisy root and drink as a hot infusion several times a day. In addition, combine the tinctures of pleurisy root, elecampane, and echinacea in equal parts and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. Also, take either a clove or raw garlic or three capsules of garlic oil daily with each meal. Tumeric can also be helpful.
Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: Carrot, celery, and parsley; carrot and pineapple; and carrot, beet, cucumber, and garlic.
Don’t smoke and don’t allow others to smoke around you.
If you are overweight, start to lose weight – being overweight may put pressure on the lungs and trigger an inflammatory response.
Avoid all household chemical cleaners and make your own plant based cleaning products with aromatherapy oils.
Use a rebounder (mini trampoline). Rebounding helps build strength and endurance, and works out your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Rebounding keeps you fit and healthy both on the outside and inside and is a fantastic all round workout.
Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong are all effective practices for clearing and strengthening the lungs.
General Self-Care Measures
Avoid cough suppressants, which prevent mucus from being cleared from the lungs. Coughing should be encouraged in order to clear mucus. Spending a few minutes periodically throughout the day to practice deep breathing can also be helpful.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
Improving the quality of your indoor air, both at home and at work, is an essential self-care step for helping to treat and prevent respiratory conditions, including bronchitis. Healthy air is warm, free of pollutants and odors, has a relative humidity of between 35 to 60 percent, and is high in oxygen and negative ions (3,000 to 6,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter). Today’s technology makes it easy to ensure that your indoor air meets the above criteria. A negative ion generator can not only increase the oxygen and negative ion content of indoor air, but can also cleanse it of harmful animal dander, bacteria, dust, mold, pollen, and viruses. Moreover, negative ions help to soothe and repair damaged mucosa of the nasal, lung, and bronchial pathways. For best results, choose a self-regulating negative ion generator that emits at least one trillion negative ions per second.
You should also use a humidifier to keep your indoor air moist, especially during winter months, when air tends to be drier. Choose a warm mist unit. Adding plants to your home and work environments can also help keep air moist. Certain plants, such as chrysanthemums, philodendron, and spider plants, can also help to keep your air free of circulating dust and microorganisms, since they act as natural air filters.
Also be sure that your home and work environments are properly ventilated, and avoid the use of synthetic materials in your home and workplace, including plastics.
You can also make a cough syrup from eight ounces of warm pineapple juice and two teaspoons of honey. The bromelain in the pineapple juice is activated by the honey. As an alternative, mix the juice of one lemon with two tablespoons of glycerine, then add 12 teaspoons of honey and stir before each use. Take one teaspoon every 30 minutes, reducing as needed. (Do not refrigerate.)
Another useful kitchen remedy is to slice an onion into a deep bowl and cover in honey, letting stand overnight. The next morning, strain the mixture of juice and honey and take one teaspoon four or five times a day.
In cases of dry cough unrelated to other conditions, umeboshi plum paste can be very soothing.
Crab Apple can be helpful if your cough is due to infection.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating pleurisy: Acupuncture, Bodywork, Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Electrodermal Screening, Ondamed), Environmental Medicine, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Rolfing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – 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