Today, the estimated number of new pneumonia patients is over 3 million per year. Majority do recover, but about five percent of them die, which makes it the 6th major death cause on the Planet.
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause for bacterial pneumonia. The symptoms of this type of pneumonia are fever, rust-colored mucus, and shaking chills. In 20 to 30 percent of the cases, the infection spreads to blood, a condition known as sepsis with 20 to 30% mortality rate.
Antibiotics for Treating Pneumonia
The most frequently used antibiotics in the treatment of pneumonia are amoxicillin, penicillin, clavulanic acid or Augmentin, and macrolide antibiotics including azithromycin, erythromycin, and clarithromycin.
Get Your FREE Health Tips Directly in Your Inbox!However, the advent and widespread use of broader-spectrum antibiotics has caused a great drug resistance. Even though penicillin effectively treats pneumonia, it’s not recommended to be used before determining a patient’s sensitivity to penicillin.
Oregano Oil in Pneumonia Treatment
Middle Eastern cultures are using oregano oil as an effective agent against jaundice, dysentery, chronic inflammation, respiratory infections, and urinary tract infection. Moreover, oregano oil has been proven to provide powerful antibacterial properties by multiple laboratory studies.
Also, medicinal oregano contains high amounts of minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc, and boron, which makes it even more beneficial. Studies have proven that this oil is 100% safe for human use, even when taken with antibiotics to combat infection. In addition, oregano oil protects from cold and flu.
Take just three drops of this oil per day, for example with orange juice. Expect the first positive results after a few hours. Take the oil for not more than five days, and your symptoms will be completely gone.
Baking Soda in Pneumonia Treatment
Another home remedy for pneumonia is baking soda, a substance which can neutralize acids and break down proteins. It helps in keeping the blood PH balance that is vital for sustaining life. The normal value of the 0-14 pH scale is 7, so lower than this value is acidic and higher is alkaline. Alkaline environment can attract hydrogen ions, whereas acidic cannot.
The higher the alkalinity, the more chances the immune system destroys bacteria. Since bacteria and viruses which cause bronchitis, pneumonia, and colds thrive in an acidic environment, raising the pH level will actually kill the pathogens.
Therefore, it’s recommended taking sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate combination as these create alkalizing environment which relieves symptoms like sore throat or runny nose, and fight a respiratory infection.
Another way is to make a spray using 2 drops of liquid sodium bicarbonate and some water to reverse asthma, pneumonia, and sinusitis. Use the spray two or three times a day.