Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
While common mold is typically harmless, it can cause concerning health conditions for those with weakened immune systems, asthma, or lung disease. If you have developed such a condition, you not only need to treat the contracted illness but also support your immune system. To do so, we suggest utilizing a holistic approach combining traditional treatment with nutritional support, like oil of oregano, for the best results.
What Is Aspergillosis?
Aspergillosis is the name given to a group of illnesses that are caused by a certain type of mold. The illnesses adversely affect the respiratory system and are typically developed in conjunction with another illness or condition.
The symptoms of aspergillosis vary depending on the type of illness you have; however, several signs are common. If you experience an allergic reaction to the mold, you’ll likely develop a fever, a cough that may bring up blood or mucus plugs, and worsening asthma. You can also develop a fungal mass that causes coughing that brings up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, unintentional weight loss, and fatigue. Additionally, some forms of the illness present as an infection, which causes fever, chills, cough, severe bleeding from the lungs, shortness of breath, chest or joint pain, nosebleed, facial swelling, and skin lesions.
What Strain of Mold Causes the Illness?
While many forms of mold are harmless, a few are more detrimental. A. flavus, A. niger, and A. fumigatus cause aspergillosis infections most often. These species produce large quantities of oxalic acid as they multiply in the respiratory system, which causes the myriad of symptoms.
Can I Treat Aspergillosis Naturally?
Consulting a licensed physician will help you obtain an accurate diagnosis as well as a treatment plan based on the severity of your condition. However, nutritional supplements and natural treatments are effective supports to any treatment plan. Options such as garlic, olive leaf extract, and coconut oil help fight infection and relieve the system safely and naturally.
Garlic is a powerful anti-fungal remedy that also has antimicrobial and blood cleansing properties. The allicin in garlic helps destroy the mold in the body and relieves infection quickly.
2. Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract contains the chemical oleuropein. This chemical has strong anti-fungal properties, so the extract can be used to directly kill mold and other fungi.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains lauric, capric, and caprylic acids, which all have strong anti-fungal properties. The oil also stimulates the immune system and serves as a mild laxative, so it flushes the dead mold out of the body.
In addition to these treatments, be sure to eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and do whatever you can to support your immune system. Read below for more recommendations from Earth Clinic readers and let us know what natural remedy worked for you!
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I was interested in what Tk from Sydney was discussing in regards to seeing a Chinese herbalist for his wife's Aspergillus. I, also, have Asthma and have suffered from Aspergillus. I have taken the ant-fungal medication but still feel very weak and debilitated. I live in Mosman and was wondering if you knew any good Herbalists in this area? I would appreciate anyone's help as I am at a loss.