Before the Industrial Revolution, tuberculosis was sometimes thought of as vampirism. One reason was because the symptoms of tuberculosis were similar to vampire traits, including pale skin and red, swollen eyes (making them sensitive to bright light).
Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Most people infected (with a positive PPD) have no symptoms (latent infection). About one in ten progress to an active disease.
Classic symptoms of tuberculosis include prolonged, productive cough for at least 3 weeks, coughing up blood, chest pain, fever, chills, night sweats, pallor, fatigue, appetite loss, and weight loss.
Tuberculosis usually just attacks the lungs but in some people (especially those with weak immune systems) it can affect other parts of the body.
Natural Treatment for Tuberculosis
Active tuberculosis is a serious disease that can be deadly if not treated appropriately. One should seek the attention of a professional health care provider. The following remedies are intended to help treat and not cure tuberculosis.
Replace “good” bacteria lost from long term use of antibiotics with probiotic yogurt or acidophilus capsules.
Strengthen the immune system with vitamin C supplements.
Maintain strength and energy levels with a vitamin B complex.
Garlic is a powerful herb that has been shown to damage 30 strains of mycobacteria in test tubes. Eating raw garlic 2-3 times a day may be helpful in treating tuberculosis.
American ginseng can help strengthen the lungs. Take 2-3 times a day between meals. Do not take continuously for long periods of time.
Pineapple contains a protein-digesting enzyme, bromelain, which can reduce the viscosity of mucus. Drink 1 glass of pineapple juice a day.
Indian gooseberry is another natural treatment for tuberculosis. It is very rich in vitamin C and can help the body fight off the infection. It is also an effective remedy in treating symptoms of tuberculosis, especially fatigue. Every morning, take 1 tablespoon of fresh Indian gooseberry juice. To enhance its effectiveness, mix it with some honey.
 John Heinerman, Ph. D., The Healing Benefits of Garlic, Wings Books
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