Pneumonia is caused by fungi, viruses and bacteria and it is an infection of one or both lungs. Before antibiotics were discovered, one-third of all people diagnosed with pneumonia died. Nowadays, more than 3 million people get pneumonia every year. Moreover, more than half a million of them are admitted to hospital, where they can be treated. Despite the fact that the majority of them recover, about 5 % die from pneumonia, which is the sixth leading death cause in the world.
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia. The symptoms of this type of pneumonia are production of a sputum which is rust-colored, fever and shaking chills. In 20 to 30% of the cases the infection spreads into the blood. This is called sepsis and if this happens, the mortality rate is 20 to 30% of patients.
Antibiotics as a Treatment for Pneumonia
Antibiotics which are usually used for treating pneumonia are clavulanic acid (Augmentin), amoxicillin and penicillin, and macrolide antibiotics like clarithromycin, azithromycin and erythromycin. Penicillin used to be the antibiotic of choice for treating pneumonia. However, with the widespread and advent use of broader-spectrum antibiotics, there has been a development of significant drug resistance. Penicillin can still be effective in treating this condition, but it shouldn’t be used before confirming the sensitivity to it.
Oregano Oil for Pneumonia
People in the Middle Eastern and Far Eastern cultures have used oregano oil as a treatment for jaundice, dysentery, urinary tract infection, chronic inflammation and respiratory infections for centuries. According to lab studies, oregano oil has powerful antibacterial properties. Medicinal oregano is rich in minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, manganese, boron and copper, which make it even more powerful. It is proven that this oil is safe for human use and can be used together with antibiotics to fight infection. Moreover, it is a potent early defense mechanism in case there is a flu or cold coming.
All you need to do is take 3 drops of this oil on a daily basis. You can add it to your orange juice and the results will be visible in a couple of hours. Do this once every day for no more than 5 days and the symptoms will disappear.
Another home remedy is baking soda, or also called sodium bicarbonate. This substance is present in all living beings. It breaks down proteins and neutralizes acids. It is responsible for maintain pH balance in the bloodstream, which is essential for sustaining life. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, the normal value being 7. Lower than 7 is considered acidic and higher than 7 is considered basic. In case the pH is acidic, it cannot attract hydrogen ions. However, alkaline solution can attract these ions.
In case you didn’t know, ‘p’ stands for potential, whereas ‘H’ stands for hydrogen. Maintaining an alkaline pH, which is between 7.3 and 7.4, will help us remain disease free. Moreover, the higher the alkalinity, the bigger the ability of the immune system to destroy bacteria.
Because of the fact the bacteria and viruses which cause colds and bronchitis and secondary infections like pneumonia, thrive in an acidic environment, pathogens will be destroyed by rising the pH level.
In order to soothe symptoms like sore throat and runny nose and to fight a respiratory infection, taking an alkalizing mixture of potassium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate is definitely going to help you. Moreover, in order to reverse sinusitis, asthma, and pneumonia, do a spray with the help of some water and two drops of sodium bicarbonate (liquid). Apply this 2 to 3 times on a daily basis.
Being an acid neutralizer, sodium bicarbonate has been part of first-aid kit for a long time. In order to soothe the itch of poison ivy and the discomfort of sunburn, dissolve some baking soda in a lukewarm bath. Moreover, prepare a paste by mixing some water and baking soda and apply it to your skin directly. This will soothe the pain caused by bee stings. Mixing 120 ml of water and ½ teaspoon of baking soda acts as antacid.