Tuberculosis is a serious disease.
A tiny germ called tubercle bacillus causes it.
The germ enters into tile body through the nose mouth, and the windpipe, and settles down in tile lungs. It multiplies by millions and produces small raised spots called tubercles.
Tuberculosis may occur anywhere in the body but, more commonly, it affects the lungs, intestines, bones, and glands. Pulmonary tuberculosis or tuberculosis of the lungs is by far the most common type of tuberculosis. It tends to consume the body and the patient loses strength, color, and weight.
Other symptoms are a rise in temperature-especially in the evening, a persistent cough and hoarseness, difficulty in breathing, pain in the shoulders, indigestion, chest pain, and blood in the sputum.
Symptoms of tuberculosis
Tips and home remedies which will help Tuberculosis
The chief therapeutic agent needed for the treatment of tuberculosis is calcium. Milk is the richest food source of the supply of organic calcium to the body and should be taken literally. In fact, an exclusive milk diet is considered highly valuable in tuberculosis.
However, a preparatory fast for three days, consisting of raw juices, preferably, orange juice, is essential before the milk diet is begun. The procedure is to take half a glass of orange juice diluted with an equal quantity of water every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the full milk diet, the patient should have a glass of milk every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first day, followed by a glass and a half every hour on the second day. Thereafter, the quantity can be gradually increased until the patient takes a glass every half an hour. Usually, six liters of milk should be taken every day. In the case of women, five liters should be sufficient.
Raw milk, that is, milk, which has not been pasteurized, produces the best results, provided it is clean and pure. Milk should be kept cool and away from dust, flies, odors, and sunlight. It should be gently stirred before use to ensure an even distribution of cream. It should be sipped very slowly so as to be thoroughly mixed with saliva which dilutes it and, to a great extent, promotes its digestion. Nearly eight to six weeks of a full milk diet is necessary for the success of the treatment. A considerable amount of rest is necessary with a milk diet and the patient should lie down for about two hours twice a day.
Custard apple is regarded as one of the most valuable remedies for tuberculosis. It is said to contain the qualities of rejuvenating drugs. Ayurvedic practitioners prepare a fermented liquor called sitaphalasava from this fruit, when in season, for use as a medicine in the treatment of this disease. The pulp of two custard apples and twenty-five seedless raisins should be boiled in water on a slow fire. When about one-third of the water is left, it should be filtered, and then mixed with two teaspoons of powdered sugar candy, and a quarter teaspoon each of the powder of cardamom, cinnamon, and certain other condiments.
3. The Indian gooseberry is another valuable remedy for tuberculosis. A tablespoon each of fresh Indian gooseberry juice and honey, mixed together, should be taken every morning in treating this disease. Its regular use will promote vigor and vitality in the body within a few days.