Tuberculosis

TuberculosisWhat is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is a disease that affects the lungs, caused by the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis. This often enters the body through the mouth and nose. It travels down through the windpipe and finally settles in the lungs. The bacteria multiply rapidly, numbering up to millions.

 

This is not an inherited disease but a communicable one. A person who suffers from tuberculosis could transmit the disease whenever they cough or spit. When the bacteria enter the nose or mouth of a healthy individual, he could then contract tuberculosis. The bacteria could also be contracted when one eats contaminated food and water. Kissing and breathing can also transmit the disease.

 

What Causes Tuberculosis?

The main cause of tuberculosis is the mycobacterium tuberculosis. This is a bacteria that easily settles in the lungs, bringing forth the disease. While this may be the main cause, there are still other factors that could put a person at great risk of contracting the disease.

  • Lowered resistance. When the body’s resistance is low, it becomes susceptible to the onset of tuberculosis. This usually happens when the body lacks the minerals that the tissue needs – a result of improper diet. Usually, when the calcium levels in the body are low, tuberculosis sets in whenever one comes into contact with a person having the disease.
  • Other factors that could lower the resistance of the body are:

ill-ventilated house ,sedentary life, using drugs in suppressing diseases,  improper diet, loss of sleep, consumption of liquor, smoking, overworking, impure air

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Tuberculosis

The following are the symptoms of tuberculosis:

  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Persistent cough
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Chest pain
  • Pain in the shoulder area
  • Blood in sputum

 

Treatment, Remedies and Cure for Tuberculosis

Today, tuberculosis can be treated especially if it is still in its early stages. This could be tackled by strengthening the body and increasing one’s vitality.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Rest. The body needs to rest and rejuvenate in order to combat tuberculosis.
  • Avoid stress. This is one of the hindrances that actually limit the body’s ability to heal. It is therefore a must for sufferers of tuberculosis to avoid stressful situations such as sleeping late, overworking, and carrying too many emotional and mental problems.
  • Treat yourself to real fresh air. Be in an open fresh area. At home, make sure that your room is always well-ventilated.
  • Get some sunshine, especially in the morning. Just stay away from the sun when it is already high, like at 10 a.m. onwards.
  • Deep breathing could also help in treating tuberculosis.
  • Slow massage could help in relaxing the body, relieving stress.
  • Take a cold bath routine daily. Do this twice everyday.
  • Do some yoga exercises since these could help too. Yoga is one form of exercise that is very relaxing, and a known stress reliever.

Diet for Tuberculosis

  • Eat fresh fruits. As much as possible, if you could eat fresh fruits exclusively, then it could very well work to your advantage. Choose really juicy fruits like apples, oranges, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapples and melon. Try not to eat bananas and other dried fruits.
  • Take in lots of water. You could also try unsweetened lemon.
  • Drink plenty of milk too, especially if you are underweight. Milk is one good source of calcium, this mineral is very important in fighting tuberculosis.
  • You can also take in prunes, along with other fruits.
  • Refined foods have to be avoided. This would include puddings, pies, refined cereals, white sugar and white bread.
  • Preserved foods must be avoided also. Canned and frozen foods should be eliminated from the diet.
  • Tea and coffee should be avoided. You can try decreasing your intake, and eventually stopping altogether.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Tuberculosis

  • Take in Indian gooseberry as this has been proven beneficial in treating tuberculosis.
  • Drink a mixture of hone and amla juice. The proportion should be 1 tablespoonful each, taken every morning. This mixture could greatly increase the vitality and vigour of the body.
  • Take in radish on a daily basis. This has been known to help in treating tuberculosis.
  • Orange juice and honey. This mixture is also beneficial for patients suffering from tuberculosis.
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