A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Pleurisy
I had a question the other day about pleurisy.
Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura, which is the moist, double-layered membrane surrounding your lungs and lining your rib cage.
It can make breathing extremely painful.
Sometimes it’s associated with another condition called pleural effusion, where excess fluid fills the area between the membrane’s layers.
The double-layered pleura protects and lubricates the surface of the lungs as they inflate and deflate.
Normally, a thin, fluid-filled gap — the pleural space — allows the two layers of the pleural membrane to slide gently past each other.
But when these layers become inflamed, with every breath, sneeze, or cough, their roughened surfaces rub painfully together like two pieces of sandpaper.
Sometimes excess fluid seeps into the pleural space, resulting in pleural effusion.
This fluid buildup usually has a lubricating effect, relieving the pain as it reduces friction between the membrane’s layers.
But at the same time, the added fluid puts pressure on your lungs, reducing their ability to move freely.
A large amount of fluid may cause shortness of breath.
In some cases of pleural effusion, this excess liquid can become infected.
Viral infection is probably the most common cause of pleurisy.
Some of the other causes include:
>Lung infections, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis
>Other diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, liver diseases, and pulmonary embolism
Pleurisy is generally only as serious as the underlying disease causing it.
If you have pleurisy, you may already be undergoing treatment for the underlying disease; if not, seek medical attention immediately.
A pleural effusion can occur without pleurisy.
Kidney disease, heart failure, and liver disease can cause pleural effusion without inflammation or pain.
To deal with pleurisy it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Drink plenty of fresh juices. Liquids help to thin the lung secretions. Fast on pure juices and fresh lemon juice.
*Include “green drinks” in your diet or take chlorophyll in tablet form.
*Astragalus enhances your immune system (don’t take if you have a fever).
*Ginger is an effective antimicrobial agent and is helpful for fever.
*Eat a diet consisting of organic raw fruits and vegetables.
*Take a protein supplement from a vegetable source; soy is an excellent source of nondairy protein.
*If you’re taking antibiotics, take acidophilus in capsule or liquid form 3 times a day.
*Exclude dairy products, sugar, and white flour products from your diet. Make sure to get your calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium from other foods or from supplements.
*Use a cool mist from a humidifier or vaporizer to help ease breathing.
*Place a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your chest to relieve pain.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
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