is characterized by inflammation of the membranes lining
the lungs and thoracic cavity (the pleura). The inflammation
is usually caused by lung infections.
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.
Determining the cause of the lung infection is vital
so that it can be properly addressed. Natural analgesics (pain relievers) and anti-inflammatories
should also be used while symptoms persist.
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
Follow an organic diet that emphasizes fresh
fruits and vegetables and fresh soups, and drink plenty
of pure filtered water.
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
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.
Useful homeopathic remedies include: Aconite,
Bryonia, Apis mel., Cantharis, Kali carb., Sulfur, Arsen
alb., and Phosphorus.
Alternate hot and cold water packs to the
rib cage many times a day to improve circulation and
drainage (30 seconds to a minute hot, followed by ten
seconds cold). Repeat the alternations three to five
times, finishing with cold.
The following juice combinations can be helpful:
Carrot, celery, and parsley; carrot and pineapple; and
carrot, beet, cucumber, and garlic.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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