Tuberculosis is an infectious disease affecting around two billion people around the world. Each year nine million new cases of tuberculosis are diagnosed.
The disease usually affects the lungs but can affect other parts of the body. It is caused by the mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium.
When a person has tuberculosis, he coughs and releases the bacteria into the air and when another person inhales the bacteria, he too gets the disease. That is why tuberculosis spreads easily when people are living in confined and crowded conditions.
Although there are many medical remedies for tuberculosis, use of herbal plants for tuberculosis treatment is gaining popularity. Usually it is advised to combine medications and herbal plants to get optimum results. Here are some herbal plants used for tuberculosis treatment.
- Barberry is found be quite effective in treating tuberculosis. The berries should be part of the infected person's daily diet and should be used in conjunction with medications. Barberry contains a chemical known as berberine, which has anti-bacterial properties and helps to kill the tuberculosis causing bacteria.
- Horsetail helps to build the silica levels in a tuberculosis patient. Tuberculosis results in reduction of silica levels in the bones and this results in reduced disease fighting ability of the body. Horsetail should be consumed as a juice on a daily basis.
- Garlic is a universal antimicrobial plant. It fights fungi, bacteria, viruses, parasites and other harmful organisms. People suffering from tuberculosis should boil 30 cloves of garlic in 150 ml of milk and 50 ml water. The concoction should be boiled until it reduces to 50 ml. After filtering the mixture, the patient should have it two times a day.
- Licorice roots are used to make herbal tea to give relief from coughing that tuberculosis patients experience. You can also make herbal tea using chamomile and/or sage.
- Indian gooseberry is highly effective in building the immune system of a person suffering from tuberculosis. Usually the gooseberry should be taken with one teaspoon of natural honey first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
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