What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection which inflames in the lungs. The air sacs fill with pus and may become solid which results or leads to cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills and difficulty to breath. The inflammation in the lungs 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.
What Leads to Pneumonia?
The primary causes of pneumonia are bacteria and viruses. The pneumonia are of different types depending upon the cause:
1. Bacterial pneumonia
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".
2. Viral 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.
3. Fungal 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?
Anyone can be affected by Pneumonia. But the two age groups at highest risk are:-
- Children who are 2 years old or younger
- People who are age 65 or older
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.
- Lower than normal body temperature (in adults older than age 65 and people with weak immune systems)
- Confusion or changes in mental awareness (in adults age 65 and older)
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.
The ways to get the Pneumonia diagnosed or test are:-
Pneumonia in Ayurveda
As per 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 and in comparison to other two doshas kapha is much more aggravated. Ayurveda always recommends to avoid the food and lifestyle which aggravates the doshas in the body. To get the health condition healed the aggravated doshas has to be balanced.
Herbal Remedies for Pneumonia by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda offers effective herbal remedies like Praanrakshak Churna & Aller-G Care for ayurvedic treatment of pneumonia. We provides 100 percent pure and natural products. All of them are free from side effects and are safe to use. And they are formulated by MD Ayurveda doctors. All of the medicines from the house are made without the addition of chemicals or additives or preservatives in it.
Praanrakshak Churna of Planet Ayurveda contain Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Anantmool (Tylophora asthmatica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum) and Madhuyashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra) in it. This herbal powder supports the respiratory system and maintains the health of lungs. It also increases the immunity of the body which gives the body system to fight and overcome the symptoms of the health issues.
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 (Albizia lebbeck) in it. This herbal combination is in form of capsule and it is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, immune booster, analgesic and fight against the infection caused by bacteria, fungal and virus.
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.
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.