Last Modified on Aug 27, 2015
Natural lung infection treatments range from straightforward lifestyle changes to homeopathic remedies and herbal supplements. Making changes to support immune health, like eating healthy and exercising, boost immune health and prevent and treat disease. Homeopathic remedies and herbal supplements deliver more extensive treatment that targets the root cause of infection.
What is a Lung Infection?
One of the most common health conditions, particularly in the winter months, a lung infection affects the air system of the body including the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, larynx or lungs. An infection is typically caused by a virus and often results in nasal congestion, runny nose, white to green nasal discharge, sneezing, a sore throat, cough, fever and inflammation in the throat in nasal cavity. More advanced symptoms include difficulty breathing, dizziness, low oxygen level in the blood and loss of consciousness. If left untreated, infection often spreads to the entire respiratory system.
Natural Remedies for Lung Infection
Lung infection is often treated using a variety of homeopathic therapies. Several known homeopathic treatments include antimonium tart, rumex crispus, pulatilla, phosphorus, bryonia, kail bich and spongia tosta. When introduced to the system, these elements stimulant the body’s natural response to fight off the infection.
Treating Respiratory Distress with Herbs
Herbal treatments have also been found effective for curing respiratory tract infections. Echinacea, licorice root and garlic are used to eliminate infection and ease symptoms. Taken daily, these herbs also promote continued health and wellness.
Commonly used to treat a range of conditions including the common cold, Echinacea is known for its capability of stimulating the immune system. The herb is typically effective at limiting the length and severity of symptoms, particularly when used upon first diagnosis.
Licorice root is another herb often used for its support of respiratory health. As booth an anti-inflammatory and expectorant agent, licorice root is particularly effective for treating a respiratory tract infection. Its innate composition makes it beneficial for reducing phlegm and other symptoms associated with respiratory distress.
Garlic has been used for years in treating respiratory issues, as well as others. The compound allicin, found in garlic, delivers antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that make it particularly effective for treating respiratory issues. In addition, garlic boosts the immune system while eliminating infection.
Lung infections are a common condition that can be prevented and treated using lifestyle changes, homeopathic therapies and herbal remedies. The right natural treatment can shorten healing time and offer almost immediate relief from symptoms.
Keep reading below for many more suggestions from our readers to treat a lung condition!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I'm either nuts or I'm dying with some type of reaction to something. I think it's a reaction to a mixture of things, presently -- the two uppermost being hibiscus tea and chenopods. I have noticed that on the days, at the times I have imbibed in organic ACV diluted 1/4 or 1/5 with greater part water, I stop having the horrible respiratory distress that I've been having for over 3 weeks. Now. that said, I believe I will simply get up every morning and begin the day with that, and see if I fall back in love with El Paso.
Thank you for this forum.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I'm 32, smoked 5-10 ciggarettes/day drank 5 beers/day for 15 years.
At 25 I was diagnosed with Lichen Planus... Doctors gave me cortisone cream, didn't help. Found this site a few months ago, and have done some independant research since. Ted is awesome, by the way.
This post is a little fast and loose, without sources.
Basically, ENT Doctors commonly use Baking Soda, Vinnegar, and Borax added to other stuff, and categorize these as anti-infectives.
It appears that DCA, which is currently being tested in Canada as an anti-cancer drug is a combination of Bleach, Vinnegar, and BakingSoda... which would seem to kill a bunch of infections.
Back to my problems. 3 months ago: I've got a white tongue, with bumps on the side of my mouth. I usually wake up congested, but it clears before 10am. Often I feel congested, and that makes me want another cigarrette.
I played the watch the clock game, and cut my smoking to 1 ciggarettes/day (after 7 pm)(back up to 3). I cut my drinking to 1 day per week. I started running 2 miles per day. It didn't help with my problems, although I lost 20 pounds.
I THINK that I have this thing figured out... I will post a follow-up in a few months, if I'm cured.
Studying Ted's "anti-infectives", first I tried going alkaline (borax and baking soda). This cleared my lungs, but made the bumps in my mouth worse.
Now I've gone in reverse, with the Apple Cidar Vinnegar only, and the bumps in my mouth are disappearing.
So here's my theory. There is a mayo-clinic study from a few years ago that says that most chronic sinus problems are caused by a fungus. As I had a yeast-like taste in my mouth, it was probably Candida. I went to the doc, and got some fluconazole, since the baking soda seemed to be clearing my lungs. Success on clearing my lungs... at least temporarily.... however, the bumbs in my mouth seemed to be getting worse.
It appears that these bumps are a "secondary infection", probably bacterial or viral. Since one problem was cured, I switched to 2 TBSP or Apple Cider vinegar, 2x per day. I had an immediate outbreak of Lichen Planus on my fingers, which appears to be dissapearing completely after a week. Additionally, the bumps in my mouth are 50% reduced.
There was a new study that came out last week that said men have cleaner hands than women, and are less likely to get skin infections, due to their hands are more acidic.
This lichen planus stuff kind of looks like warts, with a dark(blue) center. Since I've been taking ACV... the center of this stuff is red, like it's healing.
So I think I had Candida with a secondary infection, and the secondary infection(Lichen Planus) is cured by ACV.
I need some time to completely cure this stuff... but I think I did this in reverse. First start with the ACV to cure the secondary infection(Lichen Planus), then clear the yeast infection (Baking Soda or Borax or Flucon-azole).
On the white tongue... listerine doesn't help, biotene mouthwash doesn't help. Flouride toothpaste doesn't help. Brushing my tongue with either Baking Soda or Borax or Both and/or combining Hydrogen Peroxide, will turn my tongue completely red.
It will turn white again within 2 days... I've got some kind of infection. This stuff seems to help, though. I've been very impressed with that 20-mule borax stuff, in spite of the fact that the white tongue comes back.
Borax is not to be feared, just follow Ted's small dosage. His dosage is well reasoned.
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Dear Earthclinic, First I want to thank you for your existance. I've been frequently on it last 4, 5 months and has helped me a great deal, but not fully. This is why I want to contribute with my story. Writing you for the first time;-)
So last august, the day I decided to drive back home to Netherlands from Croatia (on holiday) I got sick. The same second we made desicion to go back home I got pain in my chest. A panic started to take over me, but I could reduce it and drive back home. Btw I have a baby and it was first time on holiday with the baby. And it was a looot of stress. Before that holiday my house was beeing rebuild, so my whole year was in a great stress. Any how I came back home safe and still alive. Did I mentioned I had a panic attack and was thinking I was going to dye? (or however u spell that). So after a few days situation got worse and I went to doctor. They told me I was in stress and send me back home. It didnt help offcourse. So after a few Dr. appointments they found out I had a reflux. Gave me some pills. They helped for 3 days and stoped helping again.
That is when I discovered your website. Started drinking apple cider and bicarb. Helped a lot to lose the pain in chest. But I also had pain in left arm, chin, back, alergies, and probably few more, but cant remember. The panic attacks where frequent and always on friday 6pm when Dr. is closed. So Apple Cider Vinegar helped a lot for pain in my chest, and lot of other problems I didnt ven know I had. I also didnt think any more I was gong to have a heart attack. But then my nipple started to burn. I was walking with it for a month and a half, went to Dr. went to check on it and it was luckly all ok. The same time I started to use magnesium. And somehow the fears went for a great deal away. They where still there but not as much as it was. I still had panic attacks but I could somehow get them under controll quiet quick. But in meanwhile while some problems where gone other came. Then one would leave and one would come back. In meanwhile I had a big scala of problems. So execive burping, back pain, headache, arms feeling slow and not eough circulation, then a flew or a virus got me so my throut was feeling good and bad off and on. All that didnt help me to start losing my stress, (since my house is finished in meanwhile so I should be able to destress). But all them diseaes didnt help. By now, via your website, I have learned to recognize the problem and deal with it in a quick way. Now I know when to take acv, when bicarb or just salt water, or magnesium. But all this has helped a great deal, lets say 80% but didnt helped to get rid of it.
Then I went to a long weekend on holiday to germany. Arround that time I also started to breath deeper from my stomach instead of my upper lungs. I heard all kind of noises from my stomach every time I breath through it. I continued doing it as long as I could. I also walked outside a lot and ate a lot. I finaly started gaining waight as well and was feeling a lot better. Then I came back home and same problems came back. So I thought wtf was it, that helped. First I though walking outside. So I went out every day and that also helped a lot. but was still there.
now lets go back to my 13th. I then for first time had a speach problem. It came from nowhere when I was shouting for my mother to come outside. I called her and it came out of my throught as ma--ma. That was strange but hej f. It. So that never went away. It stayed with me untill today. There was a period in my life when it was quiet well under controll, that was when I had peace and good life (still have it btw;-). but then when I got sick it came back, just as bad as it was.
then I stared connecting the dotts. I looked closer to myself and though of my speach problem. I figured out my dyaphragm was in a total crunch, and I needed to relax it. When I relax it I feel good, when it's in crunch I feel agony. Because I went to logopedie some years ago I remembered what she told me. BREATH. That was all. So I went online and look for yoga breath techinques. Started imediatly with practice. then I went online and found this.
The russian lung Dr. figured out that modern human breath too much air. And when we get sick we breat from our lungs and not our dyaphragm. We take too much air what results in losing too much co2. That in turn brings all the moder problems with it. He basicly say breath from your stomach, BREATH LESS, and take longer pauses after you breath out. Take a pause and breath in. As longer your pause is as healthier you are. You can do a test on how helthy you are. take a look at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhK549uGvhc
any now I stared his techinque (just read some stuff on internet and didnt follow any courses) just beeing aware of my pauses in between the breath. And it f. worked a miricale. All my simptoms incl. Agony went away the same day. I am now 4th day and get this even my speach is starting to lower. It is not gone but it's only been a few days. Went to Dr. She told me, all I said souns very logical, but since she has never had any patient like this before. She had to look up in her books. I will hear from her tomorow I guess. But for first time in all these months I actually feel great and clear in my head and in my body. So pls. take a look at this buteyko theory, try it and I am sure you too will be blown away. It's for free so it must work;-)
they claim a lot of modern sickneses are coming from upper breathing, like astma, copd, mental problems, back, heart... Dont know all the details myself but take a look. It's probably next acv;-)
love you all, Indira
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[YEA] I make my own cayenne pepper capsules. I make them in size 00 and I take three in the morning and three in the evening with meals for improved circulation and lung function. This could be helpfull to anyone who would like the benefits of cayenne and does not like the heat. I do like the heat but just want a higher doseage, so I cook with it too. When I take my capsules I usually drink hot green tea or hot water and lemmon with ACV to help them dislolve the capule quicker.
[YEA] This is somewhat late for Taqi. NZ, but hope he is still checking in. In regard to your grandson, I would like to suggest that you find a way of getting him to take Cayenne pepper (it does come in tablet form as well) to clear his chest congestion. My husband has Emphysema and was at a shocking stage where he could not walk from one room to another without losing his breath. However, after looking up things on this site, I talked him into the Cayenne, and he is a new man - back at work full time and boasting that he has not felt this good in 2 years. The Cayenne clears the breathing tubes.
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Toronto Ontario Canada
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After recovering from pneumonia, I continued to have chronic lung congestion. Coincidentally, my son in Texas mentioned a salsa recipe he'd made and suggested I give it a try. He insisted I use fresh cilantro for superior taste. Well, within 5 minutes of making and sampling the salsa, I coughed up an enormous amount of thick phlegm and breathed easier for the rest of the night. By morning, some sleep congestion returned. I made eggs, and since I had fresh cilantro left over from the salsa, I put it on the eggs. Once again, the congestion cleared, with lots of phlegm purged. All within 5-10 minutes of eating the cilantro.
Thinking maybe I had imagined the results, I went a week without trying the cilantro again. The congestion came back. I ate cilantro again, and the phlegm cleared again. I've repeated that test many times since then, and each time cilantro has proven to be my hero. My aunt, who has emphysema (COPD), tried it and got similar good results.
My lung doctor, originally from India, swears by cilantro (and coriander, which includes the whole plant, not just the leaves). The last time I went for a checkup, he declared that my lungs were completely clear and told me to keep eating cilantro.
So now I cook with cilantro several times a week, no matter what. And whenever I travel, I take a small bottle of dried cilantro to sprinkle on my food.
I have lung scarring as a result of hypersensitivity to unknown substance. My scars have not worsened in 2 years. I have recently started taking coconut oil for general health, but I have noticed a change in my breathing. No more wheezing. I do have more energy, and I don't get short of breath as easily. Could the organic CO be improving my lung function.? I am interested in hearing anyone who who has had similar effects.
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I served in Vietnam and within 10 years I had one lung collapsed and 8 years later the other one collapsed. Every eight years one or the other would collapse. In 2002 the right collapsed in Sept. and the left blew out. I ended up with lung sergury on both sides and basically glued to the chest.
I am wondering how many vets have had this. Because every one is going to have different affects from Agent Orange. Who has any idea on the number?
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[YEA] Just commenting: no idea about the tomatoes for sinusitis but will pass it on. Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind. This helps--plus try a infusion of a mixture of these herbs, readily available fennel seeds, flaxseeds (aka linseeds) and fenugreek seeds. Mix equal parts of each seed. It's really up to the person how much of each seed they buy and how long they are going to be taking the combination. It's a combination I keep around. I tend to mix up a 1/2 cup of each seed and mix them into a jar and keep them in a cool dark place until they are needed. When needed place a heaping teaspoon of the mixed seeds into a mug of boiling water. Allow to steep, or infuse, whatever you call it, then stir, (sieve if you like or better, eat the seeds) then drink copious amounts. Really does the trick for any congestion lung and sinus.
My lungs have recently been exposed to chemicals. They now feel heavy and just don't feel right. I wanted to know what the best way of detoxing would be. I eat all organic foods, so this is very upsetting to me to be exposed to this. Would I go about a lung detox using a nebulizer, with hydrogen peroxide, colloidal silver, adya clarity, etc... ? Just need a bit of guidance as to where to start.
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New York, New York
[YEA] I am Danny and I’m from Cincinnati Ohio, I’d like to share this as I was not feeling good for several years and always tired. I smoked for 37 years and quit as the doctors at the University of Cincinnati discovered lung nodules in both of my lungs. And said they were gonna monitor them for 2 yrs for growth. But I read a lot about dmso and other stuff, because I like natural stuff. So I bought some 50/50 dmso solution from the original doctor in Oregon, and some colloidal silver called meso silver off the internet. And took a teaspoon of each day, and sometimes in a nebulizer I purchased, but mostly in a teaspoon. Well, my 1st visit back in 6 months was last week. The nodules in my lungs were gone without a trace, my high blood pressure is normal again. And I do have mild copd from smoking so many yrs, but since I quit, I breathe much better with no medicine. The only side effects I got were a little insomnia and constipation. So I stopped taking it a couple weeks ago, but I’ll continue again soon. Because it’s done other things in my body! From a separate CT scan of my stomach. I knew I had multiple noles on my kidneys from a previous mri. All but 1 was gone and very tiny, a hemorrhoid I had for years feels like it’s almost gone, my foot heels and dry skin on my hands also, vanished and a callus on my foot healed from the inside and tried for years to get rid of it. I had high blood pressure several years, heart palpations that also vanished as well as the blood pressure going back to normal with no medication. I’m very thankful for dmso and also use the 70/30 solution. The doctor said my lungs look great and no trace of the nodules ever being there. I truly attribute it too dmso and am very grateful for removing some of the worry in my life.
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My mom developed severe allergies and asthma in her late 40s. It started off mild and got severe. She started getting bronchitis and antibiotics would only help a little, but not get rid of it completly. Then she would get it again. My mom is stubborn and does not like to go to the hospital. One night she scared me, because she was wheezing and gasping for breath. Her nose was running and even though she found out she was alergic to cats that triggered her asthma she loved our cat so much that she wouldn't ever get rid of him. We also couldn't afford 200 dollars every month for meds.
I didn't know what to do I went on earth clinic, because of all the times it has helped me, but we didn't have any ingredients except apple cider vinegar on hand. I tried to get my mom to drink some with water. But she kept refusing, because she hates vinagar. I began searching all over the web desperatly. I was afraid I was going to lose my mom if I didn't. I had gone to a site and found a lady with a similar story. She said to take 12 drops of thieves Essential Oil Blend which has in it- (clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, Rosemary cineol, Eucalyptus Radiata, 6 drops of oregano Essential Oil and 2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil and place in a "00" capsule and it makes a natural antibiotic that works on almost everything. It has to be theraputic grade or it would hurt you. It also said not to take it in pill form if you are pregnant and not to use the pills on children. I put the name theives, because they are the only people that make that particular blend. She also said it showed it to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves essential oil blend was diffused for a given amount of time. After only 10 minutes of exposure, there was a reduction of 82% in Micrococcus luteus, 96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and 44% in Staphylococcus aureus. Coincidentally I had accidentally bought the Theives essential oil blend when trying to buy a different oil awhile back. I did not have a 00 capsule either and this was an emergency, so I had to think outside the box. I knew asthma is caused by bacteria that embeds itself deep into the lungs. I had my mom take a steaming hot rag and told her to put about 12 drops on the rag and to put it on her chest. Also told her to keep sniffing the bottle. She hadn't been able to sleep for a long time and she fell into a deep sleep for about 45 minutes. When she woke up there was no more wheezing or noises in her chest and she could talk normally. I was in shock. After this she did the same thing two nights in a row or whenever she starts to have an attack or get bronchitis and it works everytime. Thank God! There is also another treatment thats natural that I would like to try with her. I found it that night when I was searching. Apparently people who have asthma, allergies, snoring problems or any other lung problems do really well when they go to salt mines, because the salt kills bacteria and other stuff. CNN did a special on it and people overseas started making spas where the floor, ceiling and everything is covered in salt. You can watch the video on youtube just type in CNN Vital Signs - Salt Cave London. They also made a machine that you add salt and water to and it puts the salty moisture in whatever room you would like to put it in and its not expensive. I think the name of the machine is breath free. It's called in home salt therapy. It also has a salt inhaler.
Hi does anyone know whether you can take a natural antibiotic capsule made up of garlic, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper on an empty stomach? I made this antibiotic myself using one tablespoon of each of these organic powders of spices and then filled the capsules myself. I am trying to get rid of something in my lungs that causes all sorts of phelgm and found out that you can make a natural antibiotic using these four spices. It just didn't give any advice as how to take it. Thanks everyone on any advice that you can give.
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Haltom City, Texas
sania, india i have bronchiectasis from last 2 years..i have thich mucus problem....infection occurs very soon...i have tried so many anti biotics...as soon as i stops infection again comes..what should i do...can anyone suggest me which wil really work..i tried homeopathy nothing works...i am just 28 yrs old...life seems like have stopped after this one lung collapse because of bronchiectasis..my other lung is healthy.....is anyone suffering from same problem ....ant suggestions....is colloidal silver will really help..how to use that ?
EC: "Bronchiectasis is a disease that causes localized, irreversible dilation of part of the bronchial tree. It is classified as an obstructive lung disease, along with bronchitis and cystic fibrosis. Involved bronchi are dilated, inflamed, and easily collapsible, resulting in airflow obstruction and impaired clearance of secretions. Bronchiectasis is associated with a wide range of disorders, but it usually results from necrotizing bacterial infections, such as infections caused by the Staphylococcus or Klebsiella species or Bordetella pertussis."
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Better/preventative lung health: Hi, I was wondering what I should be doing to help repair all the damage I have done to my lungs from 10 years of smoking. Thanks so much for your help!
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