Pneumonia is a respiratory condition in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. It is an inflammation of one lung or both lungs which is caused by bacterial or viral infection. If both lungs are infected, then the condition is known as double pneumonia. Pneumonia is one of the most common and serious infection of lungs.
Causes of pneumonia
The primary causes of pneumonia are bacteria and viruses.
The pneumonia are of different types depending upon the cause:
The main cause of Bacterial pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumonia. Pneumonia that occurs during the summer is caused by Mycoplasma pneumonia bacteria and is known as "Atypical pneumonia".
Viral pneumonia is caused by virus infection. Rhinovirus, Influenza virus (flu), Adenoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza virus are some of the viruses that causes viral pneumonia.
Coccidiomycosis, Histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, blastomycosis, and cryptococcosis are the examples of some fungal infections which lead to fungal pneumonia.
Who are at risk of pneumonia?
Individuals who are at higher risk of pneumonia are those who:
- Smoke and drink alcohol regularly
- Elder people (above 65 years age)
- Have weak immune system
- Are malnourished or have recently recovered from influenza infection
- Have other medical condition
- Take medicines for GERD
Symptoms of pneumonia
The Symptoms of Pneumonia are listed below:
- High fever, shaking chills.
- Cough with sputum.
- Shortness of breath.
- Pain in chest.
- Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea and Sweating.
- Muscle pain, headache.
How can pneumonia be diagnosed?
Pneumonia may be suspected, if doctor hears coarse breathing, crackling sounds or rumblings and wheezing while listening to the chest through a stethoscope. Chest X-rays and blood tests can be used to confirm pneumonia. Sputum analysis can be used to determine an organism which is causing the pneumonia.
Diet for pneumonia
Fruits and vegetables are the great source of antioxidants. Antioxidant helps our body to heal from infections and disease. Citrus fruits, berries, dark leafy green vegetables, tomatoes are good source of antioxidants. Whole grains are the great source of carbohydrates as well as vitamins and minerals. Saturated fats such as red meat or processed meats should be avoided because they increase inflammation. Include cold water fish such as salmon in your diet as they are a great source of omega-3-fats. Plenty of rest and sleep is required. Drink more glasses of water. Additional fluids can be taken such as juice or milk or weak tea. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
Pneumonia in Ayurveda
Pneumonia is known as "Shwasanat jwara", in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is one of an oldest healthcare system that helps to balance all the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha) of the body.
Is there any Ayurvedic treatment for pneumonia?
In general, treatment of any disease depends upon the cause of a disease and treatment of pneumonia depends upon the microbe which has caused the infection. Healthy diet is the main requirement for every person to maintain overall health of the body. Healthy lifestyle is must in order to stay healthy.
Planet Ayurveda's Natural supplements for healthy lungs
Nowadays, markets are flooded with so many natural supplements but choose the best from that. Planet Ayurveda is one of them which provides pure dietary supplements.
Planet Ayurveda provides 2 dietary supplements for healthy lungs which are explained below :-
Praanrakshak Churna of Planet Ayurveda contain Shirish (Albezzia lebbock), Vaasa (Adhatoda vasica), Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum) and Madhuyashti (Glycerrhiza glabra) in it.
Pack size - Each bottle contains 200 g powder in it.
Dosage - 1-2 teaspoonful thrice, with plain water, after meals.
2. Aller-G Care
Aller-G care capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain Haridra (Curcuma longa), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Shirish (Albezzia lebbock) in it.
Pack size - Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.
Dosage - 1-2 capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.
Both these products of Planet Ayurveda are natural and vegetarian. These are free from chemicals, additives, preservatives and side effects. These products help to maintain healthy lungs.