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Homeopathy for Pneumonia

 

What Is Pneumonia?
The Types of Pneumonia
General Symptoms of Pneumonia
General Symptoms of Pneumonia in the Elderly
Homeopathic Remedies for Pneumonia
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What Is Pneumonia?

What Is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia
is caused by an inflammation of the lung caused by infection with bacteria, viruses and other organisms. Pneumonia is usually triggered when a patient's defense system is weakened, most often by a simple viral upper respiratory tract infection or a case of influenza. Infections or other triggers do not cause pneumonia directly but they alter the mucous lining and encouraging bacterial growth. Other immune system factors can also make people susceptible to bacterial growth and pneumonia.

The Types Of Pneumonia

  • Bacteria are the most common causes of pneumonia, but these infections can also be caused by other microbial organisms.

    • The most common cause of pneumonia is the gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, also called Pneumococcal pneumonia.

    • The most common gram-negative cause of pneumonia is Haemophilus influenzae.

    • This occurs in people with chronic lung disease, older people and alcoholics.
       

  • General Symptoms of Pneumonia Causes by Bacteria

    • People with pneumonia caused by anaerobic bacteria such as Bacteroides which can produce abscesses/

    • They often have prolonged fever and productive cough

    • Frequently show blood in the sputum which indicates necrosis (tissue death) in the lung.

    • About a third of these patients experience weight loss.
       

  • Atypical Pneumonia

    • Caused by tiny nonbacterial organisms.

    • Mycoplasma or Chlamydia pneumoniae and produce mild symptoms with a dry cough.

    • Most commonly caused by mycoplasma and usually appears in children and young adults.

    General Symptoms of Atypical Pneumonia are:

    • Symptoms progress gradually, often beginning with general flu-like symptoms

    • Symptoms include fatigue, fever, weakness, headache, nasal discharge, sore throat, ear ache, and stomach and intestinal distress.

    • Vague pain under and around the breast bone

    • The severe chest pain associated with typical bacterial pneumonia is uncommon.

    • Severe hacking cough, but it usually does not produce sputum.
       

  • Viruses that can cause or lead to pneumonia

    • Influenza

    • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

    • Herpes simplex virus

    • Varicella-zoster

    • Adenovirus

General Symptoms of Pneumonia

  • Symptoms of pneumonia that are a medical emergency include high fever, a rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, bluish-skin and mental confusion.

  • Symptoms of bacterial pneumonia develop abruptly and may include:

    • Breathing may become labored and heavy (in advanced cases)

    • Chest pain

    • Chills

    • Coughing up sputum containing pus or blood in advanced cases, indication of serious infection)

    • Fever

    • Person may become confused (in advanced cases)

    • Rapid breathing and heart beat

    • Severe abdominal pain may accompany pneumonia occurring in the lower lobes of the lung.

    • Shaking

    • Shortness of breath

General Symptoms of Pneumonia in the Elderly

  • Elderly person who experience even a minor cough and weakness for more than a day should seek medical help.

  • Older people may have fewer or different symptoms than younger people have.

  • Some may exhibit confusion, lethargy and general deterioration.

Homeopathic Remedies for Pneumonia

  • Aconite

    • First stage of pneumonia.

    • Suddenness onset.

    • For pulmonary congestion.

    • High fever preceded by a distinct chill; the pulse is full, hard and tense.

    • After exposure to dry, cold winds.

    • Pulse is hard, quick and small.

    • The skin is hot and dry; there is a hard, dry, teasing and painful cough.

    • There may be some expectoration present, watery, serous and frothy, may be blood tinged, but not thick.

    • Thick expectoration indicates that fluid is starting and then Aconite is no longer the remedy.

    • Pain that is hard to bear.

    • Great restlessness, tossing about, anxiety and perhaps fear of death.
       

  • Antimonium tartaricum

    • Indicated in pneumonia and pleuro-pneumonia at the stage of resolution.

    • Fine moist coughing is heard all over the portion of the lungs infected.

    • Great difficulty breathing, worse towards morning, must sit up to breath.

    • Sharp, stitching pains and high fever.

    • Person feels sure that the next cough will raise the mucus, but it does not.

    • Deficient expectoration with old and very young children
       

  • Cheledonium

    • Bilious pneumonia.

    • Stitching pains under the right scapula.

    • Loose rattling cough and difficult expectoration.

    • Oppression in chest.

    • Excess of secretion in the lungs and inability to raise mucus.

    • For catarrhal pneumonia of young children where there is plentiful secretion and inability to raise it.

    • Right lung is more often affected
       

  • Ferrum phosphoricum

    • For the first stage before coughing takes place

    • Any expectoration it is thin, watery and blood streaked.

    • Violent congestions of the lungs, whether appearing at the onset of the diseases or during its course, which would show that the inflammatory action was extending.

    • Corresponds to secondary pneumonias, especially in the aged and debilitated.

    • High fever, oppressed and hurried breathing.

    • Bloody expectoration.

    • Very little thirst.

    • There are extensive coughing.

    • Less of the extreme restlessness and anxiety of Aconite, but it still there.
       

  • Iodium

    • For the first and second stage of pneumonia

    • Croupy form of pneumonia

    • High fever and restlessness like Aconite

    • Cough with great difficulty in breathing, as if the chest would not expand

    • Sputum is blood streaked.

    • For the later stages when resolution does not progress, when the lung are breaking down
       

  • Bryonia

    • Is a key remedy for pneumonia.

    • Comes in after Aconite, Ferrum phosphoricum and Veratrum viride.

    • Fever continues, but the skin is not as hot and the person not as restless as in Aconite.

    • Cough is looser and more moist than that of Aconite.

    • There are usually sharp, stitching pains.

    • Cough is hard and dry at times.

    • Sputum is scanty and rust colored.

    • Redness of the cheeks, slight delirium and apathy.

    • Tongue will most likely be dry, and the person will most likely be dry.

    • Person will want to keep perfectly quiet.

    • Right-sided remedy and attacks the parenchyma of the lung.

    • Strongly indicated in the croupous form of pneumonia.

    • Person dreads coughing and holds his breath or holds chest to prevent it on account of the pain it causes.

    • Pains in the chest are worse by motion and breathing; relieved by lying on the right or painful side.

    • Coughs  hurt distant parts of the body .

    • Phosphorus most commonly follows Bryonia in pneumonia and is complementary.

    • In pneumonias complicated by pleurisy (painful inflammation around the lungs) Bryonia is the remedy.
       

  • Hepar sulphur

    • Hepar Sulphur naturally follows as the exudate begins to soften

    • This is the remedy of the third stage, the fever is low.

    Kali muriaticum

    • It is better suited to the second stage, (third stage appears with its thick, yellowish expectoration it is replaced by Kali sulphuricum)

    • Used in alternation with Ferrum phosphoricum constitutes a treatment of pneumonia which has been very successful

    • Fibrous fluid in the lung .

    • White, viscid expectoration

    • Tongue is coated white.
       

  • Kali carbonicum

    • More similar to Bryonia than any drug in the symptom of sharp, stitching pains in the chest.

    • These are worse by motion, but, unlike Bryonia they come whether the person moves or not

    • More in the lower part of the right lung.

    • Intense shortness of breath

    • Great amount of mucus on the chest, raised with difficulty, wheezing and whistling breathing.

    • For a tormenting cough (if Antimonium tartaricum and Ipecac fail to raise the expectoration).

    • Indicated by its well-known tough, stringy expectoration.
       

  • Lycopodium

    • Useful remedy in delayed or partial resolution.

    • Tightness across the chest.

    • Aching over lungs.

    • General weakness.
       

  • Mercurius

    • Bilious pneumonia (pneumonia following aspiration of gastric contents).

    • Slimy stools during pneumonia and accompanied by feeling of needing to pass stools.

    • Expectoration is blood-streaked.

  • Phosphorus

    • For lobar pneumonia - affects a large and continuous area of the lobe of a lung.

    • Phosphorus is not the remedy when the lungs are completely hepatized (consolidation of tissue into a liver like mass - this is Byronia);  although it is one of the few drugs which have been known to produce hepatization.

    • When bronchial symptoms are present and with cerebral symptoms during pneumonia

    • Cough with pain under sternum, as if something were torn loose

    • Pressure across the upper part of the chest and constriction of the larynx

    • Mucous coughs, labored breathing, sputa yellowish mucus, with blood streaks therein, or rust colored

    • After Phosphorus, Hepar sulphur naturally follows as the exudate begins to soften; it is the remedy of the third stage, the fever is low.

    • Phosphorus follows Bryonia well, being complementary to it.

    • Sensation as if the chest were full of blood, which causes an oppression of breathing.

    • Phosphorus should be given in preference to almost any medicine in acute chest affections in young children
       

  • Sanguinaria

    • Fever, with burning and fullness in the upper chest

    • Dry cough, sharp, sticking pains more on the right side

    • Shortness of breath and rust-colored expectoration

    • Redness and burning heat of the cheeks, especially in the afternoon.

    • Hands and feet are either very hot or very cold

    • Heart is weak and irregular, there is great engorgement of the lungs and the congestion is very intense
       

  • Sulphur

    • Used in any stage of pneumonia.

    • It will prevent, if given in the beginning, if the symptoms indicate it.

    • It will prevent hepatization and cause a slow resolution to react.

    • When the case has a typhoid tendency and the lung and the lung tends to break down, where there are rattling sounds to breathing,

    • Pus like expectoration.

    • Slow speech, dry tongue and symptoms of hectic.

    • Weakness and faintness are characteristic symptoms.

    • Shortness of breath occurring at night between 12 am and 2 am causing the person to sit up in bed.
       

  • Veratrum viride

    • Violent congestions of the chest preceding pneumonia.

    • Useful more in the beginning of the disease.

    • Where there is great arterial excitement, shortness of breath, chest oppression and stomach symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

    • he engorgement is profound.

    • High fever, violent action of the heart, the pulse is full, hard and rapid.

    • Tongue has a red streak down the center (keynote).

    • Air cells at the bottom of the lobes fill up with frothy mucus.

    • Pulse is full and hard.

    • Strike out anxiety and alarm and insert an ugly delirium with a deeply flushed, bloated face and headache and you have veratrum viride. One must beware not to encourage cardiac depression with this remedy.

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