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What is it?
A virus or bacterial infection is the usual cause of pnuemonia, when one or both lungs become inflamed. It develops with a cough and shortness of breath. Bacterial pneumonia is considered a serious hazard, viral pneumonia can also be dangerous. Legionnaires’ disease is a form of viral pneumonia. Acute lobar pneumonia usually affects only one lobe of one lung. It develops quickly often in children and young people and causes high fever, rapid breathing and a persistent dry cough. The patient may cough up blood. Bronchopneumonia often affects both lungs and the victim produces large quantities of green or yellow phlegm. It is often the final cause of deaths in people dying of cancer or old age. Warning If pneumonia is suspected, consult a doctor before alternative treatment.
Cough and shortness of breath, green or yellow phlegm, rapid breathing, coughing of blood, high fever.
Conventional Practice:
In cases of bacterial pneumonia, life saving antibiotics will be given at an early stage. Many cases can be treated at home with antibiotics taken by mouth. Severely ill patients may need an intravenous drip in hospital together with physiotherapy to help clear the lungs of phlegm.
Alternative Treatments:
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info

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